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Blockout is a Tetris variant with an added twist: it's in 3D. The player can rotate the blocks in 3D in order to fit them into the pit they are being guided into. Advanced users can play this game with odd three-dimensional pieces, or change the size of the pit, for depth of between 6 and 18 piles, and width and length of between 3 and 7.


Blockout Lynx Early in the game
Blockout Arcade Where next?
Blockout Genesis 2-player results
Blockout Atari ST In the beginning of a game

Alternate Titles

  • "Block Out" -- Alterante title
  • "ブロックアウト" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

The Tetris innovation to beat. DOS Trixter (8733)
3D Tetris on a Portable Lynx FireHorsePrime (20)

The Press Says

Mean Machines Genesis Jun, 1991 91 out of 100 91
The Games Machine (UK) DOS Sep, 1990 88 out of 100 88
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Genesis Jul, 1991 86 out of 100 86
The One Amiga Sep, 1990 81 out of 100 81
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Atari ST Sep, 1990 9.2 out of 12 77
Power Play Amiga Feb, 1990 74 out of 100 74
Power Play DOS Jun, 1990 74 out of 100 74
Amiga Joker Amiga Dec, 1989 74 out of 100 74
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) DOS Feb, 1990 8.8 out of 12 73
Raze Genesis Oct, 1991 69 out of 100 69


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The graphics from the game are stored directly in .LBM files (a format supported by Deluxe Paint), thus can be modified directly.

Tetris variant

Unlike Welltris (which billed itself as Tetris in three dimensions), Blockout was the first true 3D Tetris variant.


  • ST Format
    • Issue 01/1991 - #9 Best Puzzle Game in 1990

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