Critical Mass is an action puzzle game that takes traditional match 3 and brings it into the world of 3D.
User reviews: Very Positive (274 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
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
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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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
Very repetative soundtrack, gameplay seems interesting but really didn't work out for me and was just a frustrating slog. I tried but found no way to get into it.
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3.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
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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0.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
Too unstable ~ 5/10
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3.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
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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0.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
not a bad game, awesome music
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0.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 16
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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15 of 24 people (63%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 24
Not recommended for a few reasons, mainly - the achievements. This is because I am a big achievement hunter so when games do things like THIS game does, it really annoys me. At least 5 of the achievements (maybe more, I forget) require you to get to Rank 1 on the leaderboards in each game type as well as the Overall leaderboards. This is impossible through legitimate play as the current Rank 1 players are clearly hackers, so there is no way for anyone to claim those achievments legitimately. If they had weekly or daily leaderboards it would make much more sense. That being the main reason, this game also fails at what it claims to be "action-puzzle." Sure it can be fast paced but it's almost impossible to do extremely well just because the game lends itself to being a slow paced strategic game. You can't see your next block color, it doesn't have any indication how close you are to losing etc. Which are all sort of staples of said action-puzzle games. Don't buy it 1/10
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 10
lets make a badass arcade puzzle game where you BLOW UP A RUBICS CUBE
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 31
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 14 people (57%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 26
As user [FOR]Mica aptly summarized, "Critical Mass can't decide if it wants to be frantic or strategic, and ends up being neither instead of both." If you go too long without making a combo, the block structure starts to rumble (go critical). You only have a few seconds then to make a combo, or only enough time to add a few blocks, but there's no timer or other useful indicator before the sudden explosion. There's also no indicator what the next block color will be, so you can't plan ahead much. If you were hoping to build up a bridge between two widely-spaced blocks for a big combo, well too bad, adding all those blocks in between could make the structure unstable. Even though planning for big combos is way more satisfying and yields a better score, it's like the game makes that awkward and instead pushes you for quick easy combos instead.

Worst of all IMO, the entire soundtrack is 8 measures that repeat over and over forever. It's a soothing trip-hop kind of beat, but ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ it wouldn't have killed the developer to include an actual song or three. Even Tetris had multiple tracks!

So while the basic match-4 premise of the game and the graphical polish are great (even has a colorblind mode), some of the design decisions need more time in the oven.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
Relaxing music combined with simple puzzles that require quick reflexes.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 14
An interesting idea: you have a limited amount of time to remove all the blocks by matching four or more of the same coloured blocks. The three dimensional nature of the game does mean it can be quite frustrating though as there were numerous situations where a block was misplaced and the blocks you're given to place with are random which adds an obnoxious layer of RNG ♥♥♥♥ery. You would probably be better off playing English Country Tune or Puzzle Dimension before even considering Critical Mass.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 29
Reaches critically boring mass quickly. I was waiting for the game to add anything interesting, but you soon realize that all you get is what you see in the first minute or two of gameplay. I'm not a fan of Tetris, but Tetris is more interesting than this. If you want a 3D block-vanishing game, Block Out did it better in 1989 for the Amiga.
Overall a game I wouldn't use a PC for anyway. Maybe ok for a mobile time waster game. On PC there are plenty of more interesting games.

Notable: Crashed after changing graphics settings on first run. / Lost online connection once and never regained it until I had to kill the game because it was stuck searching for some online functionality. Completely unneccesary for such a basic game.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 12
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10/10

Very fun game, Love the colors and puzzles. Catchy music.
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1 of 7 people (14%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 3
A game named for your mom.
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6.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 13
An excellent game. It doesn't do much but what it does, it does right. It's a great time waster and for 2€, i'd say it's a very fair deal.
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5.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 15
Critical Mass is nothing more than what you would expect. Its a fun little game that you play for 15 minutes at a time. That being said it's still a good game and is a lot more challenging then you would think.
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1.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
This is an addictive and challenging puzzle game. But beware: it can be very rage inducing. Avoid playing this game when you're angry
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