Critical Mass is an action puzzle game that takes traditional match 3 and brings it into the world of 3D.
User reviews: Very Positive (298 reviews)
Release Date: Jun 20, 2011
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“Critical Mass is the type of game everyone can pick up and enjoy in seconds, and yet come back to time and time again and still be challenged.”
8.0 – IGN
“Critical Mass will be the next big casual PC game. If you thought that Peggle or Bejewelled was addictive, wait until you play Critical Mass”
8.0 – ImpulseGamer

About This Game

Critical Mass is an action puzzle game that takes traditional match 3 and brings it into the world of 3D. We combine fast addictive game play with strategy to create a new and innovative experience.

Key features:

  • Fast Addictive Gameplay
  • 4 Unique Game Modes
  • Online Leaderboards & Ranking Systems
  • Achievements & Skillpoint Rewards
  • Accessible to Everyone
  • Exciting Colorful Art Style
  • Great Music & Sound Effects.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7
    • Processor: 1GHz
    • Memory: 512MB
    • Hard Disk Space: 50MB
    • Video Card: 64MB graphics card with latest drivers
    • Additional: Internet connection required for some features
Helpful customer reviews
8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 10, 2014
Definitely worth its low price and I will be recommending it to my friends. It also has a colour blind mode which is a good feature.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 2, 2014
Too many puzzle games rely on complexity--Critical Mass addicts you with absolute simplicity. If you've exercised you hand-eye coordination with FPSs and have a good mind for 3D objects, you'll love this game.
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10 of 17 people (59%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 10, 2014
lets make a badass arcade puzzle game where you BLOW UP A RUBICS CUBE
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 26, 2014
A funny little game.

So I have palyed a small amount of this game, andI I can say it feels like Bejewled. Not the way it plays, but more like the fact that it`s a time killer, it`s ment for you to play like 10 minutes, and then come back to it.

The game is about maching colloured blocks, that are stuck in a cluster in the middle. There are some opwer ups like a time slower and a multiplier.

Overall the game is really fun, and there are tons of modes to play. Of couse the goal are the same, but it becomes a bit more of a challenge, when the timer you have to work on is halved!

I ive this game a thumps up.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 16, 2014
Critical Mass is a rare specimen. It is the first game I have ever seen that actually looks like it would be easier to play on a tablet. To me that is amazing, I mean... touch screens are usually so finnicky and unreliable, and as a society we have used computers for decades, we've been brought up on them! But Critical Mass is actually hard to play using a mouse... A touch screen would make this game great.

Props to the developer for thinking of a playstyle that would be completely at home on the huge boon of tablet devices out there today.

On steam? Yeah it's alright. Time based, 3D match 4 game. Match 4 blocks, they explode. Clear the board before the mass of blocks goes critical and blows you up (I'm guessing that's what happens). Feels awesome, looks awesome (fantastic UI) and has worldwide leaderboards for each level and game mode. As stated, it's finnicky to play, but rewarding, and I could see some people really getting into it.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 14
I hate bashing on Ozzie companies. ;p And this isn't an evil, unplayable game. My first impression was good, I played it for a bit, expected to play more, had it installed forever, yet every time I fire it up, I close it after 5 minutes.

It's a match 3 game with some 3D tetris elements. The concept is good. The graphics are polished. The music isn't bad. The controls feel annoying at first, but they're actually mostly okay. The problem is, the gameplay doesn't feel satisfying. It expects (and rewards, scorewise) big combos and long term strategy. It also expects you to be fast and responsive. This should theoretically work, in that zen-like way games like this work, but it doesn't. The rythym and pacing feels all off, it feels like the speed jumps from 1,2,3,4,5 to 50 to 150. Once you get into the zone and start planning ahead for later big score combos, it feels like you blink and the game jumps speed, asking you to go for quick, "just don't make a mistake" placement. That may be totally subjective of course, or it could be that the feeling gets exacerbated by the clunky cube placement process. It simply isn't visually always obvious or easy to correctly target the location you want on a constantly rotating cube, which really hurts the game when it picks up speed. People misplace blocks on tetris too, but usually feel it's their fault, here it feels like the cube jumps place three times before you can be sure it's where it should be. By which time the game has jumped two speed gears and you're basically done with.

Again, not a bad game, in theory. I just never feel like playing it long, because it doesn't feel very enjoyable. The thumbs down is just trying to balance a "very positively" reviewed game, with an 80 something metacritic score that few people seem to actually play much (notice the curiously short play times of the majority of the positive reviewers?). So I'd suggest to approach with caution, and at least play the demo first.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 24, 2014
For the 5 minutes that I played, the 6 second loop of a soundtrack pissed me off to the point of shutting off the game.

And even if they had hired a better composer, it's still just a mediocre match 4 puzzle game that is very difficult to make combos in because there's no way to see inside the puzzle.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 11, 2014
I was looking for a cool puzzle game to play every now and then, but was hooked right from the start!
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 30, 2014
This is a good timewaster make sure to buy it if you got some extra $$$.
Needs more game modes though :|

7/10
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 11, 2014
not a bad game, awesome music
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 16, 2014
Relaxing music combined with simple puzzles that require quick reflexes.
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80 of 84 people (95%) found this review helpful
77.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
Critical Mass is an action puzzle game where you match colored blocks to remove them. The more of a color you remove, the bigger the combo. This review is from a disabled gamer (I only play with a mouse).

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Loading the game, you can easily access options and change the game to Windowed Mode. Windowed Mode is borderless so you can change windows without exiting the game. There's multiple resolutions you can set the window too. It also has Colorblind Mode which adds a symbol in addiction to the blocks color. Another option I was impressed with was the Mouse Button option that let's you swap each buttons role. There's also a single option for the mouse but it seemed to be picky on exactly where I cllicked which slowed me down. I opt'd to keep using the reversed option.

Actual game modes include Classic, Survival, Meditation and Rush. While most modes do require you to work within various time tables, Meditation is a completely untimed relaxing strategic gameplay. To play the game, rotate the mass with your left mouse button and place blocks with your right mouse button. Many games actually didn't require much rotation so I completed many levels using only 1 mouse button.

If you're a mouse user who can left & right click gameplay should be a breeze! Colorblind gamers should also be fine with colorblind option enabled. It's actually my favorite way to play.
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15 of 16 people (94%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
Fun and cheap puzzle/arcade game. Has modes for those who prefer casual slow experiences and more fast-paced
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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 1, 2013
They weren't kidding when they wrote up the description for this little gem. Brutally simple to learn, simply brutal to master, Critical Mass is the kind of game literally anybody can just pick up and waste hours upon hours of their lives playing, all in a vain attempt to top the charts. And don't think for a second I mean any of that in a bad way. Far from it; Critical Mass possesses a fun, addictive quality rivaled only by the likes of Tetris and similar titles.

In case you still have doubts, bear in mind that this game only costs a measely two bucks, so it won't be a serious dent in your pocketbook even if you turn out to be one of the four or five people globally who don't enjoy it (you know who you are). With that in mind, what do you have to lose? I pride myself for being more discriminating than most when it comes to choosing which games to buy with a rather limited budget, so believe me when I say Critical Mass is a nearly fool-proof purchase!
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 3, 2014
A decent little puzzle game. Your goal is to eliminate the entire structure of cubes by matching those of the same color together, but you have to act fast, because the structure will keep growing in mass, to the point where it will explode (hence the title). It's a pretty cheap game ($1.99), and it should keep you occupied for a while. 7/10
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2013
If you like "mindless" puzzle games to relax your brains and give it some break from normal games, you should get this or just atleast try demo to check it out. Totally worth of 2 euros, I like these kind of games (+ music is awesome :3)!
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 11, 2014
This game is immediately very fun, that is the first thing to note. From the very first moment you start it, you'll be hooked, and an hour will have passed before you know it. Along with the great core game, the audio and visuals are sublime. After my first session of playing this game, I started looking on Steam for it's soundtrack. The art, as well, is execlent. I haven't spent much time playing it yet, but that's going to change very soon.

My only issue with this game is that the cubes won't appear if you're using Mac OS and have the in-game overlay turned on. It is, however, a very easy issue to remedy; under your games library, right-click the title, select properties, and disable the in-game overlay. Then, everything will run fine.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 7, 2014
A fun little game that I play when I don't want to have to think too hard, but still want to challenge myself. The controls are simple and easy to use even on a touch pad. This is one of my favorite mindless puzzle games to go to for relaxation. It is easy to get sucked in and just start a new game over and over again until you have spent hours on the game without realizing it.
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 31, 2014
Critical Mass is a action puzzle-solving 3D game taking place in space, where you use the mouse buttons to rotate and place blocks. You start off with a cluster of cubes and your objective is to connect 4 or more, successfully make your way a little closer to zero.. or not and gradually it will start zooming in towards your inevitable fate.
Sounds familiar? it's basically modern time tetris with a twist to it. My biggest problem with this game is the way the mechanics work, having everything in 3D can be very disorienting at times and given that you have the cursor pointing at an object isn't normally that hard but adding also that you're rotating the object at the same time makes it easy to misplace blocks which can be very annoying where you're playing the more time consuming levels.
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8 of 13 people (62%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2013
one of the best indie puzzle games i have played in a while! recommended!
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