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App description: The officially licensed release of Blockout® for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. The objective of the game is to stack falling blocks called polycubes as efficiently as possible within a three-dimensional grid. This new implementation pays respectful homage to the original arcade classic, while melding its absorbing gameplay with the intuitive interface of the iPhone platform:

Use a swipe gesture to rotate a polycube on the X or Y axis
Use a rotate gesture (thumb and index finger) to rotate a polycube on the Z axis
Tap and hold to move a polycube left, right, up or down
Double-tap a polycube to drop it immediately

Blockout features multiplayer, allowing two players to compete directly against each other in frenzied gameplay. Game Center is fully supported for leaderboards and achievements, so now you can test your mettle against other enthusiasts worldwide. Packaged as a universal binary, it has been optimized for both the iPad and the retina display of the iPhone 4.

Blockout utilizes In App Purchase. The first four levels of the game are playable. If you enjoy the game, you can use In App Purchase to add additional levels, multiplayer, and Game Center support. For a demonstration of gameplay, see the video at the developer website below.

Game Features:
Solo or head-to-head gameplay
Game Center support for leaderboards and achievements
Natural, intuitive manipulation of polycubes
Random pit dimensions for endless replayability
Classic and modern game soundtracks
Forty-one diverse polycubes, from simple to challenging
Four different polycube sets: flat, basic, extended, and graded
Game state saved for each polycube set
Nostalgic Blockmaster from the coin-op arcade game
Scoring accurate to the original arcade game
Play in portrait or landscape mode
Listen to your iPod during gameplay
Fast load time with no splash screens
No in-game advertising

Blockout is a registered trademark of Kadon Enterprises, Inc. (www.gamepuzzles.com), used by Robb Young under license.
12-11-2009, 07:17 PM
#2
Joined: Nov 2008
Posts: 2,710
First 3 levels are free. $2.99 for the full version (DLC).

iPhone 6 and iPad Mini iOS 8

12-11-2009, 07:18 PM
#3
Joined: Feb 2009
Location: us of a
Posts: 2,824
Oh Shnap!

I'll try it out, though I don't have enough for the full game.

12-11-2009, 07:19 PM
#4
Joined: Feb 2009
Location: Saratoga, CA, USA
Posts: 11,776
Quote:
Originally Posted by Carlos-Sz View Post
First 3 levels are free. $2.99 for the full version (DLC).
Ahh, twitsters, I thought that sounded too good to be true!

So CSZ, how does this "official" version compare to the many other attempts at this classic already in the AppStore?

Tim "Lord Gek" Jordan, Game Consultant
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12-11-2009, 07:20 PM
#5
Joined: Nov 2008
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Quote:
Originally Posted by LordGek View Post
Ahh, twitsters, I thought that sounded too good to be true!
Same here. Anyway, I think that’s the way to go (free/lite + DLC for the full).

iPhone 6 and iPad Mini iOS 8
12-11-2009, 07:31 PM
#6
Joined: Jun 2009
Posts: 10,965
Cool. I've got a PCB set for this in the garage! (Which is slightly less portable than my iPod. Though I could pack around my Sega Nomad and play it on that until the batteries ran out...)

Quote:
Originally Posted by NickFalk View Post
Squids!?

Worst idea ever!
12-11-2009, 09:11 PM
#7
Quote:
Originally Posted by LordGek View Post
this "official" version compare to the many other attempts at this classic already in the AppStore?
Can you name a few of the better ones? I'd like to give them a try.
12-11-2009, 09:16 PM
#8
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Location: Saratoga, CA, USA
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Quote:
Originally Posted by fiveolddogs View Post
Can you name a few of the better ones? I'd like to give them a try.
Actually...no.

I know I've seen several but, off the top of my head, I can't recall any of their names, sorry (I never tired them myself).

Tim "Lord Gek" Jordan, Game Consultant
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GameCenter, iTunes: Lord Gek
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12-12-2009, 09:35 AM
#9
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Location: Saratoga, CA, USA
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Quote:
Originally Posted by fiveolddogs View Post
Can you name a few of the better ones? I'd like to give them a try.
Who was that previous clueless loser?

Probably the two previous best were:

Droply ($0.99)




Puzzle Prism ($2.99)



Tim "Lord Gek" Jordan, Game Consultant
Twitter: LordGek
GameCenter, iTunes: Lord Gek
My iTunes Reviews
12-12-2009, 02:25 PM
#10
Joined: Sep 2008
Location: Berlin/Germany
Posts: 946
Controls work much better than in Dropoly, though its look is obviously more retro . Since rotating the blocks and moving the blocks is based on the same swipe gesture, the game must understand both swipes. Thankfully, you can configure, how much difference you have between long swipes (move) and short swipes (rotate). This gives you a way to control how the game reacts to your swipes.

Also, the game saves the game state. Press home, come back and resume, which is a thing, Dropoly still fails in.

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