BabelBloX (Version 3)
for macOS 10.12 (Sierra) and macOS 10.13 (High Sierra)


BabelBloX offers several games in one, all based in the same basic game universe -- a grid of colored BloX. Clusters of BloX with matching colors can be shattered. Gravity shifts to fill the empty space created, changing the relationships among the remaining BloX. The free trial lets you play the "X Free" game. With a license, you can pick among several games from the BabelBloX menu. Included with BabelBloX are the following game worlds, set in a universe of lickable BloX:

Beat the Clock

This is a race against the clock. And the clock isn't offering any mercy here! This game will get adrenaline pumping in even the quickest thinker's veins.


This is the most challenging game available to date. How evil is it? You'll never know if a screenful of blocks was impossible to solve or just really, really hard. And that will be the lingering question in your mind when there's just one block left, taunting you because it knows you've run out of wands.

while the concept is simple the actual gameplay can be surprisingly addictive Eddie Park
Inside Mac Games

Classic BabelBloX

Start with a three color grid, and work up to progressively more challenging levels.

Big Ben

Based on Classic BabelBloX, this game adds the challenge of a race against the clock for each level.


BloX are morphed into clear Delay BloX when you destroy a cluster. The delay BloX survive until you destroy another cluster, and then they "pop" out of existence.


A relaxing visual treat. This game is sorta like doodling -- you can play it while talking on the phone (don't play it while driving!)

Gravity Pong

Gravity changes directions each move.

Gravity Delay Pong

Delay BloX add to the challenge of this game.

A volunteer beta tester told us he likes the game, but had some trouble testing it because, "My five-year old daughter taught herself how to play. She loves BabelBloX, so every time I open my PowerBook, she wants to play. For a while, she was better at it than me."

BabelBloX is designed to make extensive use of the modern OS features found in macOS, and to reflect the design intent of the Aqua interface, without copying it verbatim. This gives the game a nice flavor on macOS. It fits in well, and yet it's fresh and original.

Mac Friendly Software

illumineX used a variety of macOS technologies in BabelBloX, including:

  • OpenGL & Quartz (including animation and transparency)
  • Cocoa (Objective C and Swift)
  • Mac Help
  • Complies with Human Interface Guidelines whenever possible
  • Animated dock icon with transparency (animates about once a minute)
  • Windowed & Full Screen display modes

A bit of trivia: BabelBloX was the first fully-skinned Cocoa application to appear on macOS. BabelBloX uses a "Chrome" theme developed by illumineX for use with games.

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We understand the value of sizzle in your app, and can help you apply modern techniques like gamification to help you build an app that strengthens the bond between you and your customers. We've been building both large-scale, custom enterprise software and commercial games since the late 1990s. Few enterprise software developres can say that.

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Download EyeSpy for Mac to see our latest project, developed in cooperation with Alex B. Cone of CodeFab (NYC). illumineX and CodeFab would love your project to be our next joint effort!

BabelBloX animated App Icon

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Pricing and Availability

The illumineX Infinity GamePaX series (including BabelBloX, HextriX, HoppiX, MarbleX, MnemoniX, RoX, and RuniX) is moving to macOS 10.12 (Sierra) and the Mac App Store this year.

Each game will be available for a low price of $4.99 which is 1/2 the original price of each game.

The Mac App Store doesn't allow us to identify our customers, so we are not able to offer upgrade pricing for previous iX Connect customers. Since the GamePaX has only been available as a free download since about 2009, we hope you'll consider this to be a reasonable upgrade fee (about 50 cents a year!)