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The Buy it/Avoid it Report :: Issue #004


Blocks That Matter
Xbox LIVE Indie Games

>> Amidst the avalanche of massage programs and fart games in the XBL Indie Games marketplace lies a real gem. Blocks That Matter is a surprisingly polished puzzle-platformer in which you play a little robot trying to save his creators. Seemingly inspired by ideas in Minecraft, you destroy blocks made of various materials in order to traverse the levels. These blocks you eliminate are stored and used to build platforms, walls and bridges, which you�ll need to get around. The catch is you need at least 4 blocks to build something. This forces you to build using only those 7 classic shapes we all know and love from Tetris. Also, anything you build has to branch off of something that already exists, meaning you can�t necessarily build a floating platform without some tricky planning.

The materials the blocks are made of become much more important as you get to the later stages of the game. Your character�s drill can only handle plain rock at first, but can be upgraded at different points in the story. Materials that are initially impassable later become valuable tools for creation. The developer used this to their advantage when they went about placing the collectible chests hidden throughout the 50 levels. Inside the chests you�ll find references to 50 other block-centric games. These range from classics like Arkanoid and Super Mario Bros to more recent games like VVVVVV and the soon to be released Battle Block Theater. Collecting them all gives you a great reason to go back and replay some of the previous levels.

BUY IT if $3 sounds like a fair asking price for hours upon hours of head-scratching good times.

AVOID IT if $3 sounds like a FUCKING RIP-OFF for hours upon hours of STUPID DUMB SHIT.


That's it folks! Again, sorry it took so long to get this issue out. I appreciate you taking time out of your day to check this out. See you next issue!
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About Phoustone of us since 2:05 AM on 02.11.2010

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My name is Eric. I'm 39.
Here are some random things I'm into:

The Buy it/Avoid it Report - back issues
#001 - Ilomilo, Uncharted 2, Infinity Blade, Pac-Man CE DX, Battlefield BC2: Vietnam, PixelJunk Shooter
#002 - Batman: Brave & Bold, DJ Hero 2, Dead Space 2, Bionic Commando Rearmed, Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Bulletstorm
#003 - Pokemon Black/White, PixelJunk Shooter 2, Monster Tale, God of War III, BIT.TRIP RUNNER, Torchlight
#004 - Portal 2, Steel Diver, Sin & Punishment Star Successor, Pilotwings Resort, Crysis 2, Blocks That Matter
#005 - L.A. Noire, Alice Madness Returns, Resident Evil Mercenaries 3D, Shadows of the Damned
#006 - GoldenEye 007, Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet, AC: Brotherhood, Sword & Sworcery EP, Trenched
#007 - Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Jetpack Joyride, Gears of War 3, The Binding of Isaac, Renegade Ops
#008 - Dark Souls, League of Evil, Uncharted 3, Batman: Arkham City, Super Mario 3D Land
#009 - The Buy it/Avoid it Report's Awards - 2011
#010 - Spelunky, Max Payne 3, Trials Evolution, Mario Kart 7, Escape Goat
#011 - Super Hexagon, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Lollipop Chainsaw, Mark of the Ninja

The Play it/Avoid it Report - back issues
#001 - Bioshock Infinite, Darksiders II, Dead Space 3, Far Cry 3, Sleeping Dogs, Tomb Raider
#002 - Dishonored, DKC: Tropical Freeze, Grand Theft Auto V, Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD, Rogue Legacy
#003 - The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth, Mario Kart 8, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, Sunset Overdrive

Secret Moon Base - episodes
Subscribe on iTunes - a podcast about video games and other stuff with my pals knutaf and Occam

Spelunky HD - blogs
Mega Guide - part one
Mega Guide - part two

The Binding of Isaac - blogs
Blood, Shit and Tears - a love letter
Instruction Manual - w/ tips and tricks for beginners
Unlocking Godhead - tips for playing as The Lost

Social Network(s) - ugh
Twitter - @corduroyturtle
Xbox LIVE:Corduroy Turtle
PSN ID:Corduroy_Turtle
Steam ID:17wizards
3DS Code:4639-8962-6190


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