World of Whatever ($2.99) by Javelin Sdn Bhd allows you to build anything you want with a toolbox consisting of only two simple actions: “dig” and “put.”
The main idea behind this app is being able to create anything out of 8-bit blocks. You can select one of five pre-made worlds to explore and build your designs. Each world starts with some variation of hills and valleys of green and gray blocks, set against a deep blue sky.
If only life were as simple as dig and put. Digging obviously will tear up the blocks in your crosshair. This is also effectively the undo button for blocks that you have placed. Put will place a block of the design you’ve selected from the Pick menu. The Pick menu offers a selection of colored blocks, textures, as well as plants and a light.
Moving in the game isn’t as apparent as it could be. Swiping in any direction will move your view, though your feet stay planted to the ground. To move you’ll need to swipe in the bottom left corner of the screen. There is also a second method for navigating that adds the ability to jump, accessed through the menu bar at the bottom of the screen.
The menu bar has a slide switch for on and off. By default, the switch is turned on. But turn it off and then on again and you will see arrow keys (WASD) and your jump button (spacebar). This piqued my interest that maybe a Bluetooth keyboard work work as well. No dice.
Building anything you want can be fun, though placing all those blocks reminds me of trying to delete pixels in picture editing programs. What happens when you finally finish building what you’d like? Share a screenshot of it on the game’s website. The addition of scoring points, or some kind of challenge would be a welcome change.
Multiplayer is available for those who would like to build with a friend, though it comes with a caveat. Randomly finding someone to play with through Game Center doesn’t appear to be fully functional yet, and joining with a friend seems to require good timing for when the game begins hosting and when someone can join.
While this game isn’t the first of its kind (e.g., Minecraft and Eden), it still offers a world limited to only what your imagination can conceive in an 8-bit fashion.
The developer seems to be open to taking feedback, and this is only version 1.1, so I imagine they will keep adding new features, block by block.