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Blockout

DOS - 1989

Also available on: Mac - Genesis - Commodore 64 - Amiga - Atari ST - Apple IIgs

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Alt names Block Out, ブロックアウト
Year 1989
Platform DOS
Released in United States
Genre Puzzle
Theme Falling Block Puzzle, Real-Time
Publisher California Dreams
Developer P.Z.Karen Co. Development Group
Perspective Top-Down
Dosbox support Fully supported on 0.73
4.52 / 5 - 23 votes

Description of Blockout

One of the best Tetris clones ever made, California Dreams' Blockout is essentially Tetris with a third dimension: depth.

In this first official Tetris variant that was not published by Spectrum Holobyte, you must rotate the blocks in 3D in order to fit them on the bottom of the grid. Advanced users can play this game with odd three-dimensional pieces. Trixter said it all in his solid capsule review of the game:

"A very fast and capable simulation, it solved the problem of hidden surfaces by displaying each block as a wireframe before dropping it down. Blockout is also very configurable. You can rotate blocks forward and backward along the x, y, and z axis (although all you really need is the x and y axis), and you can specify how many levels deep or high/wide when you play. A seperate high score is kept for each configuration for fairness. Support for multiple graphics modes is also well done, making Blockout playable on almost any machine. My only complaint with Blockout is that there's no way to see empty spaces underneath the top layer. This is a hard problem to solve visually, so I'm not really blaming the designers (who did a great job). I guess I'm just lamenting my own memory's inability to keep track of 4 or 5 stacks of blocks. :-)"

Tetris fans, eat your heart out with this great variant that is much better than Welltris, the "official" 3D Tetris.

Review By HOTUD

Comments and reviews

Jolt 2016-12-17 0 point DOS version

This game is awesome, and there's a remake available...

Kaploep 2015-07-29 1 point DOS version

I just love this game. I played it every day

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