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Stack app review: stack your way to the top

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Introduction

We've come across a game that is getting quite a bit of buzz, yet isn't your "typical" offering. The Stack app can be played on your iPod touch, iPad, and iPhone and is so simple that it's challenging. Yes, that sounds impossible, but the moment you start to play this game you’ll understand what we mean. The rules are easy, the game controls are smooth and simple, and your goal is understood. Your goal is to stack as high as you can so that you can achieve the highest score possible.

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To add even more of a challenge, you aren't just competing for your own personal high score, you're actually trying to top the Leaderboard and get the highest score from around the world. So let’s take a closer look at this simple yet addictive game, and how it came to be.

Stack

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No Stranger to Games

The Stack app has been developed by Ketchapp, who is no stranger to the app store. In fact, Ketchapp has developed a number of popular games such as Zig Zag, Stick Hero, 2048, and Twist. The list of apps from Ketchapp is rather vast, but there is a definite theme among the games. Ketchapp really excels in creating simple games, with fun graphics, smooth game controls, and rules that are easy to understand. It's for all of these reasons their games tend to be quite addictive.

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The developer is based out of Paris, France, and has been around for just over two years now. Ketchapp's founders are Michel and Antoine Morcos and its first big release was the game 2048. This was a clone of the original 2048 game by Gabriele Cirulli and customers ate it up, propelling Ketchapp's version to the top. From that app, the developer continued to grow and expand and continue to capture the attention of users.

Stack has just gone through some updates to provide users with a smoother experience, and even offered some new unlockable features. It seems as if this developer can do no wrong, as users are absolutely loving this offering giving it an almost perfect rating in the app store.

Getting Started

Part of what’s making this game so popular is the fact it is free to download and play. Sure the free version is supported by ads, but it’s not an overwhelming amount so you can certainly deal with them. It gives players a chance to try out the game before deciding if they want to pay to remove the ads for $1.99.

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When you first launch the game you’ll be able to play the first level, you need to unlock the others to play them. This is done by earning points through gameplay. The further you get, meaning the higher you are able to stack the blocks, the more points you’ll earn. I find the points add up real fast, so it won’t take you long to unlock additional levels.

The way it works is that blocks fall from the top of your screen, one at a time, and you simply tap on it to stack it. You need to have the exact right timing when you tap on it, so it will be stacked in the proper place with proper alignment. Each time you are off with the alignment, the next block is made smaller making it even hard to stack. The blocks will fall faster and faster, so you need to also adjust your own timing and constantly be ready.

This game requires quick thinking and quick reflexes. The relaxing music that plays in the background is definitely helpful because this game requires your full attention. Literally, any age can play this one, whether it be kids or adults. The more you play it, the faster and more accurate you’ll get, and you’ll also find it’s hard to put down as you try to out-do your current high score. It’s one of those endless play games so as long as you feel like playing, you can keep on going.

Now here’s something really fun, because this app is causing quite the buzz and is so popular, there are now cheats and hints circulating online and on YouTube. This means if you’re the type that likes a little extra help making it further in the game, with just a bit of searching online there’s a good chance you’ll be able to find that help.

Stack

Free

Keeping it Simple

Besides playing the game, there isn’t much else the app offers in terms of added features. You’ve got the ability to check the scoreboard and you can turn the sounds/music on or off. There are no confusing menus to navigate, you don’t have to worry about a big long tutorial before you get started, nor do you have to deal with learning a variety of game controls. It’s the type of game you download, and play immediately.

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • The game can be played by all ages
  • The game controls are responsive and smooth
  • There is no need for a tutorial or instructions, the game is very easy to understand
  • You will be competing against others around the world for the high score
  • There are levels you can unlock
  • The game is free to play
  • The user interface is clean and modern

Cons

  • This game may prove to be too simple for some people
  • The app is supported by ads, which can be removed with an in-app purchase
  • You will have to earn points in order to unlock more levels

Stack It

If you’re looking for one of those games that is ideal for casual gaming then the Stack app could be exactly what you’re searching for. This app can be played on your iPod touch, iPad, and iPhone and is wildly addictive, simple to understand, and challenging to play. The fact that all ages can understand and play the game makes it all the more appealing and universal. Since the game is free to download and play, you have nothing to lose by checking it out.

Stack

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Tonya Costoff Medeiros

Tonya is an avid freelance writer who enjoys exploring the depths of iOS apps. In addition to breaking down the latest apps, Tonya also has a lengthy background in travel writing.