Blocks That Matter

Reviewed by Syrsly on Jan 15, 2012
Game Overview
Swing Swing Submarine
Release Date:
August 19, 2011
Platform Reviewed:
Personal Computer
Platforms Available:
Xbox 360
128MB video RAM, 1GB RAM.

Blocks That Matter was practically free as part of the Voxatron Bundle back in October. This means the game really isn't hard to find from other users, and even if you don't want to trade for it, you can find it priced at a fair $4.99 on Steam. That said, is it worth your time? The short answer is yes.

The puzzle mechanics of this game are strong. The game does not baby you, and you will most likely find yourself screwing up and having to reset a level to try it again. The challenge makes this game worth playing, but for those of use with our feet wet with platforming games, Blocks That Matter is not another Super Meat Boy. The platforming gameplay is very dull and absurdly easy. The only challenge is in solving puzzles.

The real fun comes from the quirky story and fun visuals and the unique concept behind the gameplay mechanics. Unfortunately, the game is flawed by bastardized controls and a menu that does not let you exit the game. The only way i could get the game to close was to alt-tab to the Steam client, control-alt-delete and end the process. Then, there is no indication of when data is saved, so you risk losing your progress every time you exit the game. That said, I have not once lost my progress playing this game, and it is not that hard to end an application, anyway. Still, the game could use a convenient quit button.

Overall, I recommend this game to casual gamers only. Hardcore gamers will most likely want to skip this game and get Super Meat Boy instead. For the puzzle elements, I recommend Portal 2, but there are plenty of other options out there. For $5, I think Blocks That Matter is a great option for the family computer, because it has a childhood appeal and lacks blood. I would love to have this game on my 3DS for that matter, but that is impossible.

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