--PLEASE READ ALL COMMENTS BELOW--
Edit of April 1st: If you manage to read this entire review and the comments included and you're still not convinced as to why you shouldn't purchase Blockland, please visit this sub-reddit: http://www.reddit.com/r/BlocklandIsHorrible/
(The name was originally a joke, ignore it)
This sub-reddit contains many rants that were censored by Badspot and his supporters on the original Blockland sub-reddit. It's a bit messy because we have many users complaining, so I take no responsibility if you are offended when reading the content on this sub-reddit.
Edit of March 22nd: Someone has made a claim that Badspot has attempted to hire them to gather my personal information -- like home address, work place if applicable, and other things. He also claims that he would have gotten this information through sending me viruses. I worry about the reasoning behind his desire for my personal information.
Given that this kind of activity is illegal, I have sent Badspot an email regarding this situation and am currently awaiting his response and see whether or not he denies the accusations. Since the "hacker" gave me the information, I have nothing against him and don't plan to take any action against him. I am posting this update because he is ignoring my emails, making him even more suspicious.
Edit of March 11th, in response to the developer's desperate attempt at defending himself after making himself look like a clown:
Before judging me as a person, please read how the users of Blockland reacted to a disliked user's house being burned down and his cat being killed: http://forum.blockland.us/index.php?topic=181239.0
Please ignore the developer's response for now. If you want to know why he is resorting to such low tactics to defend himself, I insist that you read all of the comments below on all pages. I will address the developer's response directly from the comments in order to save space on this review and to prevent people from reading my life story when the review is about Blockland.
Edit of March 6th, in response to the developer editing his response in effort to work around his original comment's deletion which was intended to harass me:
Eric Hartman (Badspot), has a history of being childish in the way he handles things. He has let children upset him to the point of exposing their personal information and families' information over the internet in an effort to have his community harass them in his defense.
While there is only one case that I know of where this has occurred, it is unacceptable and is a violation of that person's privacy rights. Badspot revealed the payment names and email addresses of this user which, I'm pretty sure, is against the law.
Here is the "Drama Dossier" on a user who has made the mistake of upsetting Badspot: http://badspot.us/Zac-Conover.html
ALL of his communication data which was collected by Badspot through SECURE PAYMENTS and was trusted to him, a man selling his product. How can you explain that? You give a man selling a legitimate product your money and he exposes the information you used on his website because you angered him. Does that sound professional to you? I think not.
The question you should be asking yourselves is: Do you want to end up like this guy? If you bother Badspot enough, he'll do the same to you. I have hardly done anything worth being called out for because this man has ignored my existence until the very moment I called him out on the one place he still has a chance to milk money from users with a game he doesn't even take care of.
-Edit of February 25th, removed for updated data-
---- Original Review ----
I'll be the first to write a somewhat negative review about this game:
First: I started playing this game around 2006-07, prior to Retail Blockland's (the current game) release. This game is almost entirely community-based. This game is what you want to make it, which means the community needs responsible, creative users to help form a fun game for everyone.
This has been a problem since the recent removal of maps, which were an easy way to play the game without putting too much effort into it. Currently, the game has a lack of creative players which have caused many, many players to quit the game due to the lack of content from the developer (which he removed maps with a promise of more content, which never came, even a year later), and the lack of decent servers to play on.
However, Blockland has always had the problem of a small community which has made decent servers scarce. The lack of maps has left mapmakers without their ability to contribute to Blockland, causing them to leave along with many other players who enjoyed playing on maps rather than the default (and now, the only) map, "Slate".
I'm not going to lie. I, and many others have felt that the game has been dead (or dying) for a long time now. Even when maps were still here, the game was dying slowly, but surely -- the removal of the maps just kickstarted it because nobody knew how to cope with the lack of creative builders to replace the position that maps once held.
Steam, for some of us, is believed to be the last resort for Blockland's future. It's up to you, the newest purchaser who is reading this review, to help reform the community into something better, more active, and more stable.
Another problem is that since the maps were removed, many players with low-spec computers were forced to quit due to being unable to process the amount of bricks it would take to create a "map".
So, if you've got a low-spec PC, I would not recommend this game to you until you get a computer with a decent processor and graphics card. Otherwise, you'll be playing with a constant lag that will drive you to hate the game.
The shaders are poorly optimized. (And I mean, they are *extremely* poorly optimized.) So the majority of the Blockland community don't even play with the shaders that we sacrificed our maps for because they can't even run them. Not even high-spec computers can run the shaders with a large amount of bricks unless you've got a ridiculously powerful computer. I've got a quad-core i5 processor and an AMD 7870 Graphics card, 2GB video memory, and I can run Battlefield 3 on max settings with over 60FPS, whereas I have trouble running shaders on max in Blockland and end up only getting around 28-30FPS with builds that are around 50k bricks or more.
The gameplay is good as long as you play on a decent server, it depends on your tastes.
I'm also going to warn anyone who buys this game: Prepare to be flamed, trolled, or annoyed by the community at some point. The game has one of the most merciless, rude, arrogant communities I have ever been a part of. However, that's not the majority of the community. A lot of the community is very nice and like to take part with each other in building projects or film-making and such. But if you ask me, the community needs an increase in better players.
To conclude, we have a lack of a decent, creative playerbase right now and we need more players with more creativity and will to step forward and create something awesome out of this game. Everything in the trailer IS possible, but most of it has never happened and will never happen unless we have more creative players. The trailer was highly exaggerated and the game is far more boring than that. But like I said, everything in the trailer is possible, but it hasn't happened -- yet.
So, if you're willing to be a good player and you want to help revive an almost-dead game and form it into a better game for everyone's enjoyment, buy the game. If you don't want to work with the community, hate playing games that take time and effort to make something good out of it, or just generally dislike overhyped games, don't buy it. Even though the game is overexaggerated, it doesn't mean we can't work together to make it that awesome.
It's up to you.