Blocks That Matter

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Blocks That Matter
Blocks that matter cover art.jpg
Developer(s)Swing Swing Submarine
Publisher(s)Swing Swing Submarine
Platform(s)Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, Xbox 360
Release19 August 2011
Genre(s)Puzzle, platform

Blocks That Matter is a two-dimensional indie puzzle platformer developed by French studio Swing Swing Submarine. It was released on August 19, 2011 for Windows, Mac, Linux and Xbox 360.[1]


Gameplay screenshot

The player takes the role of "Tetrobot", a robot which is able to collect blocks by hitting them from under (Mario reference) or drilling them, and can then construct shapes in a "puzzle mode" using four blocks at a time. Blocks That Matter heavily references the games Minecraft and Tetris through the main characters, in-game mechanics and concepts such as "Pajitnovian physics".[1][2] The Tetrobot will also be playable as a character in the upcoming game UFHO2.[3]

The game's name comes from special blocks hidden in the story mode levels. They are unusable blocks that initially appear in levels as treasure chests, which serve no purpose other than to unlock bonus levels. The blocks are direct references to famous blocks in games that inspired the developers, such as a ?-block from Super Mario Bros., an Aperture Science Weighted Companion Cube from Portal, Rubik's Cube, and a die, hence the "blocks that matter".


Blocks That Matter was made available as a bonus during the Voxatron Humble Indie Bundle along with The Binding of Isaac.[4] In June 2018 the game was ported to the OpenPandora, an ARM processor based Linux handheld.[5]


Aggregate score
Review scores

Blocks That Matter received generally favourable reviews, with an aggregated score of 76 on Metacritic.[6] Blocks That Matter was the Dream Build Play 2011 Challenge "Grand Prize" Winner,[9][10] earning $40,000 and the opportunity for an XBLA publishing contract.


  1. ^ a b Derocher, J. "Review: Blocks That Matter". Retrieved 19 January 2012.
  2. ^ Michael, J. "Blocks That Matter Review". Retrieved 19 January 2012.
  3. ^ "The Tetrobot in UFHO2". Retrieved 19 January 2012.
  4. ^ Fletcher, JC. "Humble Voxatron Debut sweetened with Blocks that Matter, Binding of Isaac". Retrieved 19 January 2012.
  5. ^ blocks-that-matter on
  6. ^ a b "Blocks That Matter". Metacritic. Retrieved 28 March 2017.
  7. ^ Derocher, Joshua (12 September 2011). "Review: Blocks That Matter". Destructoid. Retrieved 20 December 2017.
  8. ^ Michael, Jon (27 September 2011). "Blocks That Matter Review - PC Review at IGN". IGN. Archived from the original on 28 September 2011. Retrieved 20 December 2017.
  9. ^ Winners,, archive 2011-SEP-03
  10. ^ Jessica Conditt (28 August 2011). "Congratulations to the 2011 Dream Build Play winners!". Retrieved 28 March 2017.

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