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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 Genesis First block
Blockout DOS Another ingame shot with CGA graphics
Blockout Commodore 64 Building up
Blockout Atari ST In the beginning of a game

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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 (9125)
3D Tetris on a Portable Lynx FireHorsePrime (23)

Critic Reviews

Consoles Plus Genesis Sep, 1991 91 out of 100 91
The Games Machine (UK) DOS Sep, 1990 88 out of 100 88
Power Play Arcade Mar, 1990 4 out of 5 80
Tilt Amiga Mar, 1990 16 out of 20 80
Video Games Genesis Sep, 1991 75 out of 100 75
Power Play Genesis Aug, 1991 74 out of 100 74
Video Games Lynx Jun, 1991 74 out of 100 74
ST Format Atari ST Sep, 1990 72 out of 100 72
Amiga Power Amiga May, 1991 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 50 Genesis Jan 05, 2009 2 out of 10 20


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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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