Fit It Quick is one of those games where the game title alone pretty much describes the entire gameplay. Although, you can be forgiven if at first glance you thought of the game as a variation of the mega-popular classic game Tetris (hint: it may have something to do with the block designs).
A less frantic Tetris
The gameplay of Fix It Quick is a bit similar in concept to Tetris, where your primary goal is to place the differently-shaped blocks in the allocated space at the bottom. You have to make the blocks fit exactly into the space, leaving no empty spaces behind. As soon as the blocks are correctly placed, you can immediately move on to the next level. Unlike Tetris, the blocks are fixed in position, meaning you can’t rotate them. And the blocks also don’t drop from above; they’re just neatly displayed at the top of the screen, waiting for your command. So, in Fix It Quick, you don’t have to go into panic mode whenever it’s taking you too long to solve the puzzle. But there is a penalty, which will be discussed later.
If you place the blocks incorrectly, you still have the chance to move them to another position or space. All you have to do is drag them back out the way you dragged them in. So, feel free to experiment at first since it can help you see the bigger picture if one or two blocks are already in place. It’s especially helpful in higher and much more difficult levels when the number of blocks makes it hard to see the puzzle as a whole (too many blocks to memorize). You can think of Fix It Quick as a more relaxed and forgiving Tetris, one that does not present panic-inducing scenarios every minute.
But where’s the challenge?
Now, you might think that due to the game’s simple gameplay, it’s pretty much a walk in the park, right? Well, this is where the clock (you might have noticed it already) and the star-based grading system come in. As soon as the level starts, the clock will start. Depending on the difficulty of the level, you will lose one star – out of a maximum of three – whenever the timer reaches a certain point. So, your goal is to solve each puzzle as fast as you can in order to be rewarded with top marks. It’s not much of an accomplishment, but seeing the level select screen populated with three-star marks is a pretty thing to look at.
However, there are two things that seemingly make the grading system broken: each puzzle is fixed and you don’t get penalized for going through a level repeatedly. That means you can simply replay each level until you are able to finish off the puzzle in as little time as possible. It’s much more difficult to pull off in higher levels (naturally) but it does leave room for the game’s system to be exploited.
Fix It Quick has a lot of levels for you to go through, with the option to add more. So, even if you are taking the easy way by exploiting the replay trick mentioned above, it’s still a good game to pass up the time.