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Blockland is a non-linear sandbox game with no set goals, giving players the freedom to design and construct elaborate structures. Styled as a tiny minifigure, players build inside of the virtual world using bricks reminiscent of toy blocks.
Release Date: Feb 28, 2007
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Blockland is a non-linear sandbox game with no set goals, giving players the freedom to design and construct elaborate structures. Styled as a tiny minifigure, players build inside of the virtual world using bricks reminiscent of toy blocks. These structures can be built in either a single-player or multiplayer (either online or through a local area network) setting.

PC System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP or higher
    • Processor: 1 GHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL compatible graphics chip
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space

Mac System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: OSX 10.5 or higher
    • Processor: 1 Ghz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
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672 of 1,001 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
ORIGINAL REVIEW:*updated

This was originally written as a comment to the review by LewnaJa, but it was over the chacacter limit for comments so I decided to just put in as an actual review. Read it if you are intrested and enjoy :) Regardless of the reputation of the author of this review (reffering to LewnaJa's original review) what he says about Blockland in his actual review of the game is completely true.

I mean lets be honest, Blockland is only kept up and running so Eric can leach more money off it. Little has he done to update it or improve it in any way for a long time. And guess what, he doesn't care. He's literally said multiple times that the only reason he is still giving Blockland even a fraction of his time or effort is because it makes him too much money for him to stop. And when I say a fraction... I truly mean even less than that. He has done nothing and put virtually no effort into improving the game or updating it in any way that the players or the community would appreciate.

The game is NOTHING like it is in the trailer. Sure a lot of that stuff shown in the trailer is possible but I can personally garuntee that not a single server being hosted at this time has anything even close to that exciting or unique.

The community for this game is virtually nonexistant (unless you're dying to be in a commuinty full of autocratic ♥♥♥♥♥). I have not seen a gaming community full of more hostile and irrational people in my life. This is why all of our servers have nothing good.

People on the forums site are pathetic. They do absolutely nothing to upkeep the game or make it better in any way, and spend virtually all of their time ranting on about how the community sucks and making drama threads pointing fingers at users when in reality EVERYONE on the site is doing the exact same thing for the game: NOTHING. Which is why it sucks! :)

Don't be fooled by the video. This isn't a lego universe full of fun things to do and intresting people to meet. This game is a trap. I have been playing it since it's earliest days. It was fun back at the start when there was still clans and builds and gamemodes were still new and exciting. But it hasn't risen with the times. Nothing new has really been made since 2010. It WAS a very fun game to play, when there was still new things being made and that could be discovered. But nothing like that has happened for this game in a very long time. And with years the community deteroriated to become what it now is today. And the patehtic community of this game only more so worsens it's already near-broken state.

No, you won't be doing anything like what's in that trailer. Hate to break it to you. Unless you want to spend days learning how to make all of those things yourself and submerge yourself in a community full up stuck up arrogant pricks, don't buy this game.

To the insightful developer comment I recieved below: (This was ORIGINALLY his response, before he changed it to what it is now)

Badspot:"So we're looking at a negative review of the Blockland community from someone who aimbots in counter-strike. Nice. Blockland: Generally disliked by cheaters."

Last played Counter-Strike: Source: Apr 24, 2011 11:14am
1 VAC ban(s) on record | Info
88 day(s) since last ban

Nice. But, I think not. Recieved the VAC ban from being KL'd, and you can't appeal them. However, I do like how when responding to negative reviews of your product you deviate from actaully addressing ANY of the problems users mention about your game and instead try pinpoint things you find wrong with them to use as leverage against everything that is wrong with YOUR game and how YOU are chosing to manage it. Though it doesn't suprise me in regards to how I have seen you manage our community over the years.

You want to talk about professionality? Rather you would search for dirt on people who write bad reviews of Blockland instead of actually addressing any of the problems that are wrong with your game? I suppose you would, and not really suprisingly... :/

http://prntscr.com/2qsz4o

Above is an example of this games professional developer banning a user from his forums for asking when the game will be updated again. This is his professional ban message he leaves them with: "Get ♥♥♥♥ed, I don't owe you anything."

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EDIT:
Basically in his other comments he's made in my review (besides the response he left at the bottom of my review) he complains that the things that I say are bad about this game he cannot fix, and that I don't complain about enough; or really any architectural features about the game itself. Honestly the community for this game is so hostile and disfunctional (which is what this review tried to originally describe) and when you put that on top of the fact that the game has not been updated in over a year and is managed very poorly I personally have come to the conclusion that this game is not worth spending your time and money on. That is the point I was trying to make.

To talk about the actual gameplay of this game and it's features:
The game features a menu where you can select what brick you want and place it ontop of another brick, to build virtually whatever you want. This, along with a minigame creator where you can choose to spawn with weapons and start a deathmatch with other players. Now that there isn't maps anymore I have basically listed all of the features of this game.

There has been ONE new / neat thing that was added into the game since the games actual realse by the developer himself . And this was actually really pretty cool (when it came out in 2010) where you can "wrench" bricks to name them, spawn weapons on them and (the new part) "event" them to where you can setup conditional events to make them check for / do certian things (like explode, play a sound, emit an particle, ect.) when you activate them (or when something does). Other than this however (and keep in mind this came out in 2010) there has been nothing new that has been added into the game through an update in the complete history of this games existance. (besides the removal of maps and addition of very poorly optimized shaders - which was hardly an update, if you ask anyone in the community)

CAN you build things in this game? Sure you can! I've built castles, houses, all that stuff... But it takes a lot of time to learn how. It's not easy to do. And you're not going to be getting help along the way, as the hostile commuinty doesn't put up with people who have questions, or can't manage things on their own. So if you want to, yes you can - but you're going to have to learn all by yourself and it takes a lot of time before you will get to making anything even half as spectacular as what's shown in the trailer. It's just really a lot more complicated and a lot less convenient than he makes it out to be.

After playing the game and building things in it for seven years the way he is advertising it (quite frankly) seems like some sort of trick - atleast to me. The game doesn't have all that stuff in it currently and all of that would be extremely hard to make on your own. There arent't currently servers like that ready where all of that stuff you saw in that trailer will be waiting for you.

You CAN make all of those things that are in the trailer, to be fair. However, just no one really does. So to put it clearly, I just don't get the point. Why show a trailer of your game that is not like your game at all / full of things that aren't currently in your game?

TO CONCLUDE: The gameplay of this game is NOT bad. It is just a game that hasn't been updated in forever, and is managed very poorly. If you are looking for a game with a future, that has planned updates, friendly technical support or that has a community full of users that you will enjoy to play the game with, DONT buy this game - because well, it has none of these things.
Posted: June 15
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418 of 655 people (64%) found this review helpful
170.1 hrs on record
*edit*
Fixed "Recoomended" error

to People saying if I have over 100 hours why don't I reccomend it, Read the first line of the paragraph!

While I love this game to death I can't really recomend it, being the community of uncreative rp ruining pricks, gun spammers, and just horrible little kids, I have met alot of nice people on this game including a few of my best friends on steam, since rtb shut down getting addons isnt as easy as it used to be, and without addons this game is very limiting, even the trailer is full of addons! , another thing I hated is when they removed maps and replaced them with shaders that less than half the community can run because how poorly optimized it is, over all I still really like this game, it's really fun to get a bunch of friends and build stuff, please don't dislike this review just because it's not your opinion!
Posted: June 17
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147 of 247 people (60%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
The developer has finally admitted that he has stopped all development on the game, as if it hadn't been already obvious considering the lack of updates in the past 6 months, the half-broken Steam version of the game, and the extremely low quality and quantity of the updates before then. He has resorted to censoring and banning people who criticize the game's development, so this should be an obvious sign that the game is done for. When or if you buy this abandoned game, consider the fact that this disrespectful and greedy "developer" will be getting your money.

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Response to developer response (10 August 2014):


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(original developer response)

"Hey everyone, right now Blockland is available in the Reboot 6.0 bundle from BundleStars: http://www.bundlestars.com/all-bundles/reboot-bundle-6/

6 great Steam games (including Blockland!) for only $2.99!

Why not pick it up, play Blockland for 5 years, then leave a negative Steam review?
See you back here in 2019!"
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How nice of you to finally respond to one of the most thorough and drama-free reviews once it reached the front page! Oh wait, that's not really a response... it's a sales promotion. A sales promotion is definitely a valid response to everything I've already written here!

Believe it or not, it is quite possible to love the art but hate the artist. As a modder myself, I've dealt with years of your ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ when it came to supporting modders and their needs. I had been running a hosting service for quite some time until the day I left, which is one of the biggest reasons I stayed so long. Unfortunately, you decided to take a "♥♥♥♥ it" approach when it came to supporting server hosting services (and modders), so now the game's largest two hosting services are gone and the community is left with almost nothing. You have banned users from your forum for criticizing the game, so once I finally had enough of your ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥, I left the game. Since you have no power here to permanently delete people's opinions, which you do at your own forum (evidence of this is in the very next segment of this review), this was the perfect chance to finally speak my mind without fearing all the possible consequences with which you could punish me.

It's not like I suddenly started hating the game. While I was still a part of the community, I felt as if I couldn't speak my mind since you punish everyone who criticizes it. I was able to realize my power to reach out to people once I was free from your reigns, so I exerted that power. This isn't some campaign of revenge: it's years of your ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ finally brought to light.

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Update (6 August 2014):

The owner of the game (Badspot) has silently banned "Heedicalking" from the game's official forum. Heedicalking is an important person in terms of the servers he hosted and his contributions to the community. Heedicalking often talks about the lack of game development on the forum in the most mature way possible. Development has in fact been lacking recently: in fact, there hasn't been a major update in the last 2 years. Many people were expecting him to be banned for simply criticizing the game's development, and voilà, he has finally been banned. The owner of the game is getting extremely defensive towards anyone who dares talk about the game's lack of development.


For reference, here are relevant links pertaining to the post removals:

http://blocklandcloud.com/heed/
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/54466069/banned.png

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Update (27 June 2014):

The owner of the game (Badspot) has banned LewnaJa and me from Blockland's Steam community. He also deleted the entire thread in which he had our responses. The thread (the poster was most likely not the victim) was pointing out how a ban was unfair. The same ban image also happened to be mentioned in an earlier review from February: http://steamcommunity.com//profiles/76561198044732390/recommended/250340/

Here is copy of thread: http://blocklandcloud.com/20140626-blockland-steam-removed-thread/

The ban reasons for us are the same and the posts cited for our bans were each of our first ones in that thread. This is LewnaJa's ban:
http://imgur.com/a/oX0ex

The owner has taken similar action towards LewnaJa when he initially posted his negative review and found himself banned from the game's official forum (not Steam's forum provided for the game).

Make your own conclusions about why the owner of the game felt so obliged to ban us. Today, the negative reviews have been piling up on the store page to the point where 3 of the 5 shown-to-everyone-by-default reviews were negative and it still remains that way. Fortunately he does not have the power to remove any reviews at all. It must be embarrassing for Badspot to have what is pretty much the front page for his game be covered in negativity.

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Original review:

I have played this game for more than 5 years (not on Steam) and I am disappointed at how quickly it has declined. Don't be fooled into buying this game just because it looks great. The developers (developer) have abandoned the game. Check out my long elaboration on why I think the game is practically abandoned:
http://www.reddit.com/r/BlocklandIsHorrible/comments/267v7h/badspot_is_no_longer_doing_his_fair_share_of_work/

The game hasn't had a major update for 2 years and any update for 6 months. The game's most important people have been angry about the developer's ("Badspot") reluctance to maintain the game's development. Check out this satirical comic which illustrates the developer's greed: http://brockrandcomics.tumblr.com/post/92596058472/filipe-7-22-14

CLARIFICATION FOR BELOW PARAGRAPH: server hosting issues do not include those who have bought the game in the classical way and duplicated their purchases to their Steam accounts, because they can still run the game the classical way. The below paragraph applies to those who have exclusively bought the game from Steam and not on the Blockland website.

If you buy Blockland through Steam, you will have a lot of trouble hosting a server. Although there is technically a way to host a server by modifying the program's arguments, you can't play the game at the same time. Want someone else to circumvent these restrictions by hosting a server for you under your name? Too bad; hosting services cannot be used by people who bought the game through Steam. The developers have neglected Steam users and deprived them of server hosting for over 6 months. I think it's clear that they do not care anymore and are only trying to make a quick buck out of what the game has left.

(THIS HAS BEEN AN OUTSTANDING ISSUE FOR OVER 7 MONTHS)




Some of you legacy players may find these statistics about the game's decline interesting: http://blocklandcloud.com/
Posted: June 19
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38 of 63 people (60%) found this review helpful
7.5 hrs on record
(WARNING TO MAC USERS) This game is amazing, but the reason why i disprove is, it is a terrible mac port. Preferences dont save, Shaders dont work, you cant customize your character and worst of all, you cant build.
Posted: June 2
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25 of 40 people (63%) found this review helpful
561.9 hrs on record
Blockland describes itself as 'that game where you build stuff'. That's actually pretty accurate!

Content
Blockland runs on an older version of the Torque Game Engine. It revolves around what are essentially legos, as the title implies. You control a small plastic figure called a 'blockhead', and the core element of the game involves placing bricks (with very intuitive controls) and then changing them with paint, emitters, or a simple programming system to create pretty much anything. There's support for add-ons and a weapon system, which opens possibilities for team deathmatches and any number of other gamemodes.

Positive
The controls. Blockland's movement and view controls are similar to any other 3D game - WASD to move, mouse to look, space to jump, so on, so forth. The build controls are almost as easy to use. Pressing a numpad key moves the brick in that direction, just like WASD; the corner keys move up and down or rotate the brick, and numpad 0 clears your 'ghost' brick (which shows where you're going to place it). This does take a day or two to learn well, but once you figure it out it's hard to think of a better way.
Blockland also has decent multiplayer features, and involves a player-hosted server system. One of the core elements of the game is the fact that you're not just building stuff - you're all building stuff together. Servers can, by default, support up to 32 players; a workaround has been used to increase this to 99. The fact that servers are player-hosted removes most problems with lag; each individual server has to have a poor connection to be affected, instead of just one master server (there is, in fact, a master server, but it only keeps a list of all the servers players are hosting; IP connections can still be used).
Bricks can be 'evented', or programmed, to do a number of things. The events system acts on a per-brick basis and is actually very easy to understand. You choose an input from a drop-down box - like onActivate (when the brick is clicked) or onPlayerTouch (more self-explanatory), then a target (Player, Client, Brick, Named Brick, etc.), then an action (setColor, Kill, playSound). For example - onActivate -> Player -> addVelocity(0, 0, 10) would make a ladder rung, when clicked, give the player a boost up. More than one event can be placed on a brick, and they can be delayed or even chained together with something called a relay.
Finally, Blockland has an extensive add-on system that can be used to change almost any part of the game. New bricks can be added, or emitters, or colors, or events, or any other number of things. Even the GUI is open for change; the only rules are those that the programming language sets. The programming language is, however, slightly limited by the game's creator; this is mostly to avoid hacking or cheating, which are nigh-impossible without illegally modifying the game.

Negative
First - the game carries the potential for what I call minecraft syndrome. You buy the game and just LOVE it; then you play it for several weeks or months and abruptly lose all interest. I first encountered this effect while playing Minecraft, hence the name; I used to play both games constantly, and now I haven't touched either of them for months for no apparent reason.
Secondly, the game's community can be picky. Just mentioning Minecraft as above might get me some insults and complaints; half of Blockland's community is notorious for their hate of the games Minecraft and Roblox, the sole reason appearing to be that they're similar to Blockland (or vice verse). Also, the game has a website with a forum; there's a good share of good people as well as an impressive number of idiots that can be found there. The community isn't horrible, but it isn't the greatest I've seen, either.
Finally, the game lost some of its former value with the v21 update. This update removed terrains and interiors - excellent parts of the game that allowed landscapes and buildings to be used as the scene for construction - in favor of shaders (like you might find in any other game) and bots (what it says on the tin). The game wasn't ruined, but it was definitely made worse. Terrains and interiors may return, and I hope they do, but having to build on an infinite flat plane shouldn't hinder your creativity!

Summary
Blockland's features outweigh its flaws - while the community could be nicer and some recent updates are questionable, the game has a solid base and a good number of features to support it. Its support for add-ons and mods make almost anything possible, and there's already a great number of these out there. If you enjoyed building with legos as a kid, consider yourself a decent artist, need practice with programming, or just want a good way to have fun with your friends - this game is for you.
Posted: June 25
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1,264 of 1,477 people (86%) found this review helpful
15.6 hrs on record
UPDATE 28-04-2014

So I haven't been very active within Blockland and only recently I've learned that Return to Blockland has been shutdown since February. Well, bugger. One of the biggest things on this review was RTB's existence.

Not to worry! The community has already found ways to circumvent its shutdown and there are backup pages and a whole new chat addon thingy that imitates RTB's.

Backups: http://forum.blockland.us/index.php?topic=253292.0
IRC Chat: http://forum.blockland.us/index.php?topic=255973.0
(I SERIOUSLY hope that Steam doesn't block the links any time soon. If it does, let me know and I'll fix it.)

I haven't tested them and I don't have time to. But as far as I can tell, they all look pretty legit.
By the way, here's a cool FAQ I've found in case you have any questions: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=204838112

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This game might sound cheesy for some people at first glance. "I mean gee, a game where you play with legos online? What is this, people never heard of how bad Roblox turned out to be?!" (Personally I like games where you build stuff very fun, that's why I bought Blockland years ago in the first place...)

Oh trust me, it's a lot more than that. This game is like a fusion between Garry's Mod and Legos, but FAR easier to play. You can do pretty much anything in a stylized block world - houses, cities, deathmatches, survival games, racing tracks - and a lot more with its intuitive building and eventing system. Eventing is a sort of very very easy "scripting" within Blockland that you can use to make certain blocks to do certain things from within pre-set lists of actions that you can do to the block for it to do something you want and a lot more. It might seem very overwhelming at first, but when you start playing with it you'll get used to the idea quickly.

Building, in my opinion, is a little bit trickier, as you have to move "ghost blocks" around with the numpad (or some other buttons if you're on a numpad-less laptop) and then press enter to deploy a block, and they cannot be floating, nor penetrating the ground or other blocks, unless they are to be built within a Zone Brick which allows you to make actually floating blocks inside of it, so you don't have to make invisible supports for every floating island you might want to do. Buiilding is also very well optimized as you can do a number of moves with the ghost bricks to get them where you want and how you want quickly and efficiently; there exists a macro system where you can "save" the moves you do to a block so you can replicate patterns like stairs and stuff like that without much of a hassle. However, building can be clunky as you have to take blocks from a list to put them in your block selection list - you can only carry up to 10 blocks at a time, I believe.

However don't let this limit your creativity, as you can do pretty superb buildings in this game as evidenced by the game's great community - there is lots of support for this game, the developers and its players won't hesitate to help you with any problems you might have with the product, and there are just a LOT of addons in this game that do not allow it to ever be boring, especially with the Return to Blockland addon which is basically a community hub for the game, complete with a chat room, news, and a ton of other addons that are mounted into RTB for easy access, deactivation and (un)installation. RTB can also be downloaded for your server so you can get new Administration features, get the addons of your server listed in the server browser, so the players don't have to download it directly from your server (given they're hosted in RTB), and a few more features.

WARNING: Read the update above first. RTB is no longer functional, but there are backups.

Making addons for this game is, from what I understand, not tremendously difficult, and as long as you have the talent and willpower to make that one brick you can't find but need, or to make that weapon of your dreams, have a Ferrari in your garage or just a simple addition like a new face for your Blockhead, or maybe a song you want your Music Brick to play, all in all there is no (?) limit to the addons you can make for the game. I wish I could write from experience, but unfortunately, apart from a song or two I didn't make any addons for this game.

What I WAS ABLE TO do however was host servers and oh boy, coming from a person who can't ever host servers because of his connection not ever letting people connect, this was a HUGE plus for me. Even the player with the most blocked-off router can host games for their friends and never be hindered by issues like tremendous lag or timeouts, in my experience I found the netcode of Blockland to be very good. At least... I think this is the netcode's doing.

The gameplay is very appealing and so are the graphics, as they are very beautiful and, unsurprisingly, very colourful, stylized to look like a cartoon, similar to the likes of TF2, except on legos. Yeah. Graphics for me are very hard to describe. The "maps" (or just... plains) are roughly customizable so they have bodies of water or different types of surfaces, which can spice up the game a bit - I've always liked to build in maps with lots of water.

Overall, the game is very enjoyable and on the right servers it can be a ludicrous amount of fun. It is really amazing how such a simple and cheap game like this can provide so many hours of entertainment, from messing around with a few people to doing giant, elaborate buildings, from having mindless fast-paced deathmatch to having class-based capture the flag matches on carefully structured builds and just so much more. Blockland is truly a game for the ages, despite a few flaws like clunky building and some instances of lag when there are too many bricks within a server or when they're being duplicated.

I have this game since V12 and now it's on what, Vtwenty-something or so, and from there and now I still recommend it to everybody, kids to adults. The only thing I DIDN'T like is how they got rid of maps in an update months back. Back then you had maps like Bedroom and Kitchen, that were... well, semi-realistic bedrooms and kitchens. I REALLY liked those! But hey, they needed to take a radical action to let the game evolute and that was the end result I suppose...

TL;DR: This game is great! Totally recommended! A bit clunky to get started, but you'll get used to it! Lots of addons to help you, client-side and server-side! The graphics are also beautiful!
Posted: December 16, 2013
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