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Review: Blocks that Matter
At a Glance
|This game is recommended!
This game is not just good fun, it also stays fairly true to Christian moral values, making it a great addition to anyone's library!
|ESRB Rating:||NR - Not Rated|
|Review Published On:||February 22nd, 2020|
While there are multiple save slots for you to use, you'll probably only need one, and your progress is automatically saved when you complete a level.
This game is very family friendly -- at its worst, the player may squish mindless slimes by dropping a block on them, or the player's robot can be destroyed if it comes into contact with a hazard (slimes, lava, TNT etc).
Let's start with the story. Two Swedish indie game developers, Alexey and Markus, have become somewhat famous for the games they've produced over the years. Lately, they've been working on a new secret project, and people are excited to see what they'll release. Unfortunately, someone is a bit too eager, and has them kidnapped by armed thugs. The gunmen lock the developers away, telling them to finish their new game or else.
This is sort of a problem, as the Swedish duo weren't actually making a video game. Their secret project was a tiny little robot, named Tetrobot. This puts them in quite the pickle, so they use what means they have at their disposal to wake up the prototype robot and send it on a rescue mission, hoping they can figure out how to finish upgrading its abilities along the way.
And that's where you come in. You control Tetrobot, and can make it walk, run, and jump like any normal platforming protagonist. But, the Tetrobot's main strength is its ability to collect blocks of matter, store them indefinitely, and place them back into the world. Of course, Tetrobot can only place blocks in groups of four (ie, tetrominoes) and only when one of the blocks touches an existing part of the level. This allows you to make stairs or bridges as needed, but you might need to re-collect some of the blocks in order to continue.
Another trick you have up your sleeve is the ability to remove rows of matter -- just like in Tetris, you can completely erase a row of eight or more blocks. This is the only way to deal with blocks that you can't collect, and since you don't collect blocks erased this way, you need to be very careful about which blocks you include in these combinations.
Beyond collecting and placing blocks, you'll also need to deal with various obstacles -- typically slimes and lava. Touching either will destroy Tetrobot, resulting in you having to start the level over. There isn't a limit on the number of times you can retry a level, so it's mostly just an inconvenience. There is a little more to the puzzles than this (eg certain types of matter behave in specific ways), but that's the gist of it.
All in all, this is a fun, lighthearted puzzle game with a lot of little surprises tucked away for determined players to find. The puzzle aspect is surprisingly downplayed as well, so you can complete the story without worrying too much about getting stuck. Just keep an eye out for Big Mama. She tends to throw her weight around.
Points of Interest
The other secret you can collect in the story mode are stars. To earn a star, you need to be carrying a lot of leftover matter when you exit the level. This is harder than it sounds, as there aren't usually that many spare blocks available.
But, that's not everything this game has to offer. You can create your own levels with the in-game level editor. Once you're happy with your creation, you can share it with other users via the Steam Workshop.