Blocksworld

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Blocksworld
Developer(s)Linden Lab
Publisher(s)Linden Lab
Platform(s)iPad, iPhone, Microsoft Windows, macOS[1]
ReleaseiPad: July 26, 2013

Windows: September 25, 2017

macOS: September 25, 2017
Genre(s)Sandbox

Blocksworld is a physics-based 3D sandbox video game developed by Linden Lab for the iPad, the iPhone in July 26, 2013.

In September 25, 2017, Blocksworld released later on Steam, apart from just playing on the web.

Gameplay[edit]

In Blocksworld, players can create their own games and experiences from 3D building blocks that can be combined to construct simple or complex creations in unique 3D environments. Players can also use “action blocks” and a drag-and-drop visual programming tool to add interactivity and gaming to their creations. Examples include drivable cars, flyable jets, and playable games with win/lose conditions, health systems, and other attributes. Due to the creative and building aspects of Blocksworld, some game critics have compared the game to Minecraft, Roblox, Lego, and Animal Jam.[2]

In this free-to-download app, players can share and play their creations with other Blocksworld players around the world. Coin rewards serve as in-game currency that can be earned as player creations are liked by the community or featured within the game. These coins can also be purchased and used to buy a variety of themed building “sets” including original offerings, like Heroes of Aero, City Blocks, and Star Rangers, plus licensed sets including My Little Pony, Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return, G.I. Joe and Transformers sets.

Other game features include weekly build challenges and a “record and share” feature that enables players to instantly upload videos of their creations or gameplay to YouTube.*

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Certain blocks have a bronze, silver, or gold ring around them that symbolizes how special they are. The blocks are sorted into categories known as blocks, models, props, textures, colors, blocksters, gear, action blocks, actions, and sounds. Blocksters are Blocksworld people, that are in different kinds. Models are made by blocksworld but can also be made by the player. Action blocks are blocks with their own actions, although other blocks may have unique actions as well. Actions are placed in a panel with infinite space to store all actions needed although colors, textures, and any sound effect can be placed in the panel as well.

Lots of players create games and models to share, but there is a 24 hour cool down until you can publish a new world or model. To skip this, you must pay 50 coins at max. You can also get membership to skip this forever.

Some players achieve a particularly high level of popularity within the games community, such as Okayzee, a skilled pixel artist, with a strong fan base consisting of over 10,000 followers, and A Prince From The Dark, a game creator with over 7,000 followers.

Development[edit]

Blocksworld was initially developed by Swedish independent video game developer Boldai, which was acquired by U.S.-based Linden Lab in early 2013.[3] An earlier version of the game was briefly available in 2012 in Sweden, Iceland, Finland, Denmark and Norway.[4] However, for the subsequent global release, the game was repositioned as a freemium offering where players have the option to purchase premium sets and games, additional building objects and pieces, coins, and other upgrades and extras for a small fee.

Virtual coins serve as the in-game currency, which can be either purchased via the in-app shop or rewarded through various community actions such as having creations rated via stars.

Players used have the option to pay 7.99 (US) or (CAD) dollars for Blocksworld Premium, which gives an infinite amount of designated blocks. Now, Blocksworld Premium is a subscription which has to be paid monthly/yearly and gives more benefits than the original Blocksworld Premium.

In September 2017, Blocksworld was released on Steam, prior to that, you could only play it on your browser or on your mobile device.

Popularity[edit]

Since its initial U.S. release, Blocksworld has reached number one on iTunes in the Education category for the iPad (U.S.) and number three in the overall Games category for the iPad (U.S.). In addition, the game has found high visibility on YouTube with over 45,000 user-created gameplay videos.[citation needed]

Wiki[edit]

The game also has its own wiki which you can access in the app by pressing the help button.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Blocksworld Steam page". Retrieved September 25, 2017.
  2. ^ Frauenfelder, Mark. "Apps for Kids 41: Blocksworld". boingboing.net. Retrieved 22 June 2015.
  3. ^ Fahey, Mike. "This Beautiful Blocky Building Toy is Going Global". kotaku.com. Retrieved 22 June 2015.
  4. ^ "App Detail » App Annie Analytics".
  5. ^ https://blocksworld.gamepedia.com/Blocksworld_Wiki

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