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Block Out by Eazy Cheeze
Game:Block OutCompany:Technos Japan
Type:PuzzlePlayers:One or Two

This is a 3-D version of Tetris, with several features added. First, there is a face attached to the previously unseen entity who tosses blocks down at you: the Block Master. He appears and taunts you (with real speech!) after every level you complete, and also when you clear the playing field (known as a Block Out).
The object is to clear blocks from the board by arranging them into faces, areas of blocks which cover one whole row of the playing field. To do this, rotate the blocks (shown as outlines before they are set down) with the buttons provided to you. Rotate pieces along the Y axis (yaw), along the X axis (roll), or along the Z axis (pitch) by using the buttons assigned to A, B, and C, as shown in the attract mode.
Aside from the normal Tetris pieces (an L-bar, a T-bar, a Crank (and Reverse Crank), and a straight 4-bar) there are also a shorter 3-block bar, a small one-block, and possibly others. As with all Tetris types games, if your blocks reach the top of the playing field (which is viewed by you as top-down by the way), then the game is over.
This is another excellent game. I can certainly understand how it would rake in the money - it's EXTREMELY addictive. Great graphics, great sound. The only think that might be confusing is which buttons are assigned to which type of rotation; it seems I can never keep track.
I give this game a 10 for the graphics... If the blocks were solid before we set them down, we'd have no idea where to put them. The sound is excellent as it includes EXCELLENT speech and music. For control I am giving it 8 cause it has awkward buttons. All Tetris games are VERY challenging, and they get you hooked once you start playing them. I am getting full speed at 8 bit color depth so it is a nice performer.
Graphics
10
10
Sound
Play Control
8
10
Challenge
Replay Value
10
9
Performance
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