Last Updated: February 22nd, 2013

To call this game "Tetris on a sphere" would be a bit disingenuous. It's far, far more complicated than that. Tetris merely requires you to place falling pieces such that they create solid, dissolving rows and thus abate, if temporarily, the peril of becoming overwhelmed by the steady stream of burdens in what I can only assume is a clever metaphor for adulthood. Globulous, on the other hand, has a clear goal: clear out layers of the sphere and reach the prize inside. It's the method that gets complex.

The gameplay is a little difficult to grasp at first (as is any puzzle game that operates in 3D), but thankfully there are plenty of tutorials. The basic concept is very similar to Bejeweled in that you have to match multiple, concurrent pieces in order to remove them from the game board. You can shift an active piece towards others like it, so long as they don't intersect with shapes of a different color (except the blank gray squares). Ultimately, you'll burrow throw the layers and reveal the cream-filled center and move on a level. However, much like Mahjong, You'll be dealing with pieces on top of others and have to figure out which ones are and are not playable tiles.

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Globulous probably isn't for everyone; if nothing else, most people don't tend to think in three dimensions (how many of you regularly look up without a reason?). However for $0.99, it's a bargain for a simple, light-hearted puzzle game. Also, in an interesting move, the soundtrack to the game is available on Bandcamp here. This is a really clever way to augment revenue that other developers would be wise to follow. I'm looking at you, Santa Rockstar.

Eric Ravenscraft
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  • blix247

    Funny you should say Tetris on a Sphere, because it looks like it takes more than a little inspiration from the old Tetrisphere on N64: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2o3-hl3nr0Q

    • blix247

      After watching that video it looks to be a pretty much exact rip. Right down to the option of moving pieces on the board vs dropping new pieces and even the shapes.

      Tetrisphere was an awesome game that didn't really get the credit it deserved, hopefully this time around people will really take to the idea.

  • rubejb

    To call this game "Tetris on a sphere" is actually exactly what it is:


    • Matthew Fry

      To call this game "Tetris on a sphere" probably too easily points out that it is a non-licensed spiritual successor to that N64 game. Which is probably why the developer didn't call it that :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/kory.rice.1 Kory Rice

    this looks 100% like Tetrisphere, which i used to log countless hours on back when i was a kid

  • Matthew Fry

    It's a late release of an iOS game and is now free on that platform. Not to say that you shouldn't support the developer, just that it may end up free in a few months as well.

    Regardless, the soundtrack is quite a treat. I won't be getting the game but I will be getting the soundtrack.

  • Kimberley Hansen

    Hey...my google alerts somehow didn't notice this. Thanks for the great article! <3 the Firestarter Team