Astropop

Astropop

Astropop

Block-rocking beats.

Astropop is yet another simple, fun game to make a seamless transition from Microsoft's original Xbox Live Arcade over to the 360, beefing up the puzzle line-up and giving us yet another game to compare high scores in the process.

Like most of the games you'll encounter over on the largely superb Live Arcade, it's easy to learn, and the sort of pick-up-and-play block-shifting puzzler that'll service the odd ten minutes of fun in between the more heavy-duty games. It's lightweight, but challenging, and has just about has enough grab factor to keep you coming back for one more go - especially if you're going for those all-important bragging rights on your friends list.

As with so many games of this ilk, the principle idea is to grab and group blocks of the same colour to remove them from the field of play - in this case a minimum of four. But rather than having to rotate or slide them, your 'man' (of which there are two to choose from at the start) can grab and stack up to six of the same colour and then place them above you on any of the columns descending towards you.

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