The ultimate block building game.
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Release Date: Jul 4, 2014

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“I believe that the best game will be created together with the people who are playing the game. I also believe that the time is right. Over the past year the development have shifted more and more from engine and graphics programming to gameplay mechanics and content. Now is a fun time for you to play the game and take part in the development.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“A year is a good guess. After that development will go on as usual and I will continue to do regular updates and DLCs.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“There are many ways to play but the main game is the "start with nothing and build an empire". This is already possible in the Early access version. The full version will add challenge in the form of hostile mobs that will try to stop you. It will also add more content like better/more building tools, block types, materials, biomes, mobs and items.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“In its current state the game offers countless of hours of fun and has infinite replay value. You can play the game or build whatever you want in the "Just Build" mode. The game is very stable. Current savegames will be compatible with future versions.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“The full game will be priced a bit higher then the Early Access version.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“The development process has been very open for years. I release new updates at a steady rate. I often ask questions to the community and take part in discussions and the feedback I get is of high value for me.”
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September 9

Build 1327935 released

Hi!

This update is all about the player physics. There have been several problems since the beginning of Blockscape and so I finally decided to rewrite all the collision detection and response algorithms. I am very happy with the result.

Highlights:

- No more stuck in narrow openings like doors.
- No more see through wall glitches.
- No more walking through thin objects.
- No more glitches that lets you climb vertical walls.

Full list of features and fixes:

[x] UI state models are not disposed? (problem was that I split before delete)
[x] Need a better solution for walking in stairs
[x] New block model usage: ladder (forgot to add that one in the last update)
[x] Calculate response from normal at the intersection. Using face normal is not correct now!
[x] Fix fallback collision detection
[x] Player should not be able to climb diagonal vertical walls
[x] Need a more solid solution for checking if player can jump. Done!
[x] Player sometimes gets stuck in narrow openings like doors
[x] Player can move through thin objects
[x] Player can see through walls in some cases
[x] New collision and response module

Follow me on twitter for latest news: https://twitter.com/JensBlomquist

Have fun!
Jens

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September 6

Build 1320144 released

Hi!

This updates is all about the inventory. A first step to make it more user friendly.

Hightlights:

- Materials are now auto sorted.
- Material group tabs are only visible if they have content.
- You can now drag the tool itself onto the player model. Makes sense when you only have one variant of the tool in survival mode.

Full list of features and fixes:

[x] Must check if tab is is visible _and_ selected when drawing tabs
[x] New materials should be placed in the hotbar if possible
[x] Current material tab is reset after drag and drop?
[x] Hide material tabs that are empty
[x] Material inventory auto-sorting
[x] Make it possible to drag a tool to player model (use currently selected material or default)
[x] Tools that are dragged appear behind the hotbar in the inventory
[x] Create icon for copy/paste tool

Follow me on twitter for latest news: https://twitter.com/JensBlomquist

Have fun!
Jens

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About This Game

!!! This game is in Early Access which means it is not finished. It really is the best block building game but please understand that there will be missing features and bugs. No updates means I'm working very hard. This is the project of my life, I will never abandon it. !!!



Start with nothing and build an empire. Blockscape is the ultimate block building game.

You are sent to this world to start a new civilization. Explore, gather materials, craft and build.
Build beds and people will move in. Give them food and they will do work for you.

Main features:
  • Fully procedurally generated worlds. Every game looks and plays different.
  • Play the game you want. Blockscape can be played like a survival game, rpg (not available yet), tower defence (not available yet) or like an empire building game. The type of gameplay is based on what you create or do in the game.
  • Crafting. Create furniture, tools, weapons, armor, materials and more.
  • NPCs. Create beds and people will move in to your buildings. Give them food and they will do work (crafting, planting, harvesting, construction).
  • Hundreds of block types and materials.
  • Everything is a block. Everything in your inventory can also be used as a building block. Even mobs.
  • Electricity. Add electric networks to your buildings to control lights and other components.
  • Water. Add water networks to supply generators and control water components.
  • "Just build" game mode. Gives you infinite resources to build anything you want.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: XP
    • Processor: Dual Core
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Dedicated, 500MB
    • DirectX: Version 9.0a
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: 7
    • Processor: Quad Core
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Dedicated, 1GB
    • DirectX: Version 9.0a
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
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9 of 13 people (69%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
7.4 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: September 19
Where to start....

the game you see in the screen shots are NOT what we who backed this game back in 2014 was promised.
the game no longer locks realistic as it used to.
now it locks like a minecraft clone but whit smaller blocks.

The game is so !"#¤ horrible optimised that even on the lowest of settings so does it crash ewery few minutes.

there is no options menue for sound or grafical options in game.

there is no tutorial for the game what so ewer. whitch in it selfe is realy sad for thoes who are new to this game.

the game gets so few updates that acculy matters so that i my self consider this game dead in its developement.

Shore it's a one man made game. but whit the money he earned from the kickstarter and steam greenlight he could easely hired at least one other person.

the dew of this game should honestly ether offer refounding. or hire a team to speed !!"#¤ up.

2 years and the 3 only diffresese i can see from when i kicked it is.

1. ditched the realistic loock for a !"#¤% blocky one.
2. added even !"#¤% monsters.
3. 2 years ago i could play this game on max whitout lagg. now ewen on lovest it runs like a slide picture show.

And there has been atleast 2 periodes where there has been 6 months of no updates what so ever.
and from what ive seen so are the forums dead too.

So if you still are reading this.

plice.
do your selfe and your wallet a favor.
and don't purchase this game untill it's atleast finished.

for as it is now it woulden't even be worth it if it was free.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: September 26
OK so UI is terrible. never saw more messed up inventory. gave up after 15min how to craft and stuff, shame as i liked graphics and building system.
also shadows are weird. game has potential is dev still there and working on this.
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5 of 12 people (42%) found this review helpful
Recommended
100.1 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: September 5
well first off all this game is more a 10 euro game than 20

at first i didnt like the game but im seeing a lot of inprovement

so for 20 euro i dont advice it but at 7 or 10 euro it is fun to do
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2 of 6 people (33%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: September 10
Dissapointed...

The bugs are just too much. some eat my FPS quickly and its just dissapointing.
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346 of 374 people (93%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: March 14, 2015
The first thing is to ignore all of the promo pictures of this game at the time of writing this. They are from a version of the game that will not be developed further. The realistic look is gone. Apparently the developer couldn't figure out how to make that work properly and instead of hiring help, he's scrapping it entirely. The local evangelists will tell you it will still be available, but it needs a lot of development to reach a playable state, so that will not happen now.

The version that is now under development will look sort of like Mario64, see the project's webpage or the developer's twitter for screenshots of that. If that is what you want to like to build your creations in, then by all means get this game (or better yet, wait for it to be updated to an actually playeble state). I was lured in by the false pretenses of the realistic look and the new version is not the game I'd thought I was buying. Therefore, a big thumbs down from me.
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428 of 475 people (90%) found this review helpful
61 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
5.0 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: July 16, 2015
Do not buy this game it is a waste of money, and no longer looks how it does in the screenshots/video

Why?

1) Single developer - One person working on this game
2) more bugs than an ant hill
3) No updates in forever
4) Developer wanted to "get back to his roots" and his inspiration for the game which was "Lego" so he's changed the entire look of this game to look like somthing closer to mine craft. I.E he bit off more than he could chew and took the easy route.

5) Crashes a lot.

Basically paid for something I will never get, not because of time constraints but because the dev changed the entire thing, I feel robbed.

DO NOT BUY THIS GAME.
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264 of 293 people (90%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
36.7 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: March 2, 2015
Update 09/20/16: You can see my old review below, I havent kept track of blockscape progress after I parted ways at the end of last year so this update is to give you insight into what has changed, the developer finally updated the steam store page reflecting the current look of blockscape which now allows me to show you what it use to look like when I was a supporter of this game: http://blockscape.wikia.com/wiki/Photos

The developer completely disabled the forums on his site, thus hiding all the feedback he received against his current build but as you can see from the reviews most of the community that supported him have since followed his example and turned their back on him as well.

This is not something you want to invest in for one reason: while the talent of the developer is amazing you never know what your paying for, I payed for a realistic looking voxel game and now I am dealing with this, and without the developer providing a means of feedback your really at the whims of whatever mood the developer finds himself at any given day.

Update 09/09/15: its been seven months without any word from the dev, over a year and a half since the last update, forums are dead and the dev doesnt care that the community doesnt want his "new minecraft clone". LET ME MAKE THIS CLEAR, the pictures shown on the store page are no longer what the game looks like! please look at the rest of the review to see how the game really looks.

While I have been a major supporter of this game even before it came on steam the direction that the developer has been taking it in is nothing but down hill going from beautiful landscapes as seen in the preview photos, to making it seen like a look alike to cubeworld and minecraft: http://forum.blockscape.com/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7268 (Link no longer works as the Developer deleted forums)

the developer even though said "Now is a fun time for you to play the game and take part in the development.” has stayed silent for 7months reworking the engine to this new design without any feedback from the community who purchased the game and is now know for his lack of communication and seems to be totally against his current community of followers now more then ever.
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535 of 638 people (84%) found this review helpful
19 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
22.8 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: October 26, 2014
UPDATE 2/25/15
Jens' recent appearance seems to have been short-lived, and he's disappeared into his coding hole or wherever he runs off to for months at a time. This review is starting to read like a diary, and I think its time to pack it in and move on from blockscape.

Why you ask?

Simply put.. Blockscape is hailed as being the "ultimate block buliding game". Unfortunately, by the time this game is remotely near playable and feature inclusive, there will be so so SO many other voxel sandbox games out there that are more current and better designed.

Why continue to wait around for BS when you can literally Sandbox (as a verb) in:

Space
Mediaveal Times
Post-apocalytic zombie nightmares
pixelated retro worlds
2D platform worlds
3D open worlds

Right now, the only future promise i see in Blockscape that isnt currently being surpassed by other games is its graphical quality... however with the focus moving away from the publicised "smoothworld" to a more blocky algorithym, combined with the extremely slow development time will leave this game dull and visually antiquated by the time it breaks out of alpha.

Goodnight blockscape hoepfuls, and good luck! I'm done holding my breath!

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UPDATE 01/23/15
It's surprising how a few quick words from the developer in the forums can turn an entire community around. Jens (the developer) has been opening up a bit and discussing with us the silence that has been turning the forums toxic for months. I think I need to upgrade my review to guardedly-hopeful. Though we have not yet seen an update, the sudden reappearance of Jens (as well as an acknowledgement and apology) in the forums has defused a lot of the once-tension and given many of us back the hope we had when seeing this amazing program for the first time.

If we get screenshots or an update in the coming weeks that make the game a bit more playable I'll for sure change my review to "reccomend", but for now I still can't say its worth it if what you're looking for is a polished game. If you're looking for the ability to get in on the ground floor of an amazing gmae and make suggestions that may influence its design, then things are starting to look much better!

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UPDATE 12/25/14

Taking a break from my three children on Christmas to post a few words (see Jens, this ISNT hard)
Jens gave a lackluster post earlier this month about how he "felt he had to" release an update by Christmas. No promise, and absolutely no excitement in him about it.
Well it's Christmas (after Christmas in Sweeden actually) and the "Update" we recieved was a picture of a sled on the blockscape main page.

The little bit of hope I had died today on Christmas. Thanks Jens.

I'm calling this Vaporware until the dev. proves me wrong

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UPDATE: 11/12/14
Jens seems to have a new person doing part time PR on the forums now and has promised us daily updates on the blockscape main page. I'll give him a point for the attempt to reach out, though those 'daily' updates are starting to grow less frequent, and the last one only served to show us that:

A- Jens does indeed own a set of legos, and
B- He can build monochrome landscapes with them

Not that I don't appreciate him at least trying, but aside from his afinity for tiny plastic building blocks and a few screenshots of a supposedly revamped lighting system... we're still not getting any real information and certainly no interaction. This has the oily feeling of abandonware where the dev pops up from time to time with a meaningless update just to prove its still in production. (Castle Story, Spacebase-DF9, etc)

I'm still recommending that people stay away until we see at least one code update (with significant bug fixes and user issues adressed).

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Until Jens is willing to grace his user base with a post, information, or just any basic interaction.. I have to reccomend that you stay away from this game. we were promised involvement and community interaction, but if you want to see how well that has played out, just have a look in the forums for this game. Not one devlog post since Steam EA, no interaction with the community, and not a single update of substance (both in programming or simple comments).

Many of us simply cannot play the game- I'd say at least 30% of us are experiencing memory leaks so severe that the game will crash every time after no more than 5 minutes. This specific problem has existed since before the steam release, but as of yet Jens has not even acknowledged the issues, let alone given us info on it.

These communcation problems have begun to turn Jens supporters against him.... every day I watch the rating on Steam go down just a little more due to negative reviews. I could turn this review into a 3 page rant, but I wont... if you're on the fence about buying this game, please go and read some of the forum posts before you make up your mind!
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217 of 238 people (91%) found this review helpful
19 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
48.8 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: April 18, 2015
Phenomenally good game. Absolutely amazing, realistic landscape and the ability to create extremely high detail structures. Why wouldn't I recommend it you ask? because not only has the developer continued to work on the game completely solo (resulting in about 6 months of no updates, he has now also decided to completely change the game from the smooth and realistic perfection that it was, to a fully block-based game that just looks like an uglier version of minecraft. Apparently this is because lego is his passion or some rubbish like that. I guess he must really like his lego if he's prepared to lose the 95% of players who bought the game because of it's realism... oh and then watch his "passion" dissolve into nothing because he set himself up to compete with minecraft.

If you couldn't tell I (like many others) am rather unhappy about this. I spent 50 hours in game on one project which is now going to be ruined.

DO NOT BUY THIS GAME.
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320 of 378 people (85%) found this review helpful
18 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
7.4 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: December 13, 2015
This was one man's project to create a better minecraft clone. He failed. This will plainly not be finished and is in an unacceptable/unplayable state.

It started out pretty good, went in an optimistic and fairly promising direction, but when that looked like too much work/too complicated to the dev he didn't get help, instead fell further in over his head & hasn't gotten out.

The dev needs to either hire some help, or have the honesty to admit to everyone that this thing got well beyond his abilities/desire to finish & just call it. Seriously, don't be yet another EA dev that goes out like this- admit it's not working, admit you don't want to finish this, or can't finish it- and just pull this thing offline. Because before too much longer your rating % is going to go low enough for Steam to pull it for you. And... c'mon man. You should have gotten some help much earlier, things have gone pretty bad with this one, but at least have the honesty and dignity to admit it & pull the plug yourself.

Players: Save yourself the trouble of downloading/installing/submitting a refund and just don't buy it.
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Captan200
1.8 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: August 23
Do not buy this game.

I can give you tons of reasons, just it's not worth your or my time.

Do not buy this game.
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Stripes
3.4 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: August 22
Its a work in progress but this is going to be a great game. Better than minecraft in the longrun
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Lazlay
2.5 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: August 13
Nice idea, bad development. The developer had a great project in hands but were only his hands working on it. I don't recomend this.
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Max
0.3 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: August 12
This title is need of some serious attention to become a game, has various issues right down to the main menu which has elements that you can't even properly click on and creating a new world requires restarting the game.
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Zasta
13.2 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: August 10
I should've reviewed this ages ago and since the new update has just come out I think now would be the time to do it because this game really does deserve more attention than it gets.

So to everyone who's read the negative reviews about how the dev is lazy and doesn't care about it anymore you should know that he's working on it again now and recently he completely changed the visual style and 'started from scratch' almost . It looked amazing before however it looks just as good now and despite what people are saying I think it's still a really good game both visually and mechanically. The main reason I got Blockscape was because it's like graphics porn. It looks amazing and the stuff you can build on it is phenomenal!! Even though it's still in Early Access you can already do so much with it I would certainly recommend it to anyone who wants to build super detailed structures that look absolutely incredible. Just look at some of the screenshots and you will see what I mean, pre and post update. I feel like it was worth what I paid for it and love going on it to show off to people how sexy everything looks and how much you can already do with it. 10/10
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kedryn80
10.9 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: August 8
No i would not recommend this game.
The way the game is going it will alway be in early access.
I bought this game because i thought the game would be like minecraft with better graffics.
Developer has great ideas but needs alot of help to complete this project.
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