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Description

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.

Screenshots

Blockout Amiga Funny-shaped block
Blockout Genesis First block
Blockout DOS A game in action (Lo-res EGA/Tandy)
Blockout DOS Uh oh, the blocks piled up to the top of the screen! (Lo-res EGA/Tandy)

Promo Images

Blockout Magazine Advertisement
Blockout Magazine Advertisement
Blockout Magazine Advertisement

Alternate Titles

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

Part of the Following Groups

User Reviews

The Tetris innovation to beat. DOS Trixter (9115)
3D Tetris on a Portable Lynx FireHorsePrime (23)

Critic Reviews

Info Amiga Nov, 1989 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Play Time Genesis Oct, 1991 82 out of 100 82
Power Play Arcade Mar, 1990 4 out of 5 80
100 aktuelle PC-Spiele DOS 1990 8 out of 10 80
Tilt Amiga Mar, 1990 16 out of 20 80
Retro Archives Genesis Jul 21, 2020 15 out of 20 75
Power Play DOS Jun, 1990 74 out of 100 74
Power Play Atari ST Sep, 1990 74 out of 100 74
Raze Genesis Oct, 1991 69 out of 100 69
Sega-16.com Genesis Jan 05, 2009 2 out of 10 20

Forums

Topic # Posts Last Post
Online version https://blockout.nu 1 Magnus Ivarsson (2)
Jan 22, 2022
Best 3D Tetris ever 1 Magnus Ivarsson (2)
Aug 24, 2020
Best 3D Tetris ever 1 Magnus Ivarsson (2)
Jun 10, 2020

Trivia

Graphics

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.

Awards

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