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Video Game / Blocks That Matter

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Blocks That Matter is a Puzzle Platformer, made by Swing Swing Submarine. It is available on Steam and Xbox Live Arcade Indie Games.

In the not-too-distant future, in Sweden, the land of independent game design, two programmers have been working on a secret project. Little to nothing is known about it, but everyone has very high hopes. Unfortunately, someone decides they're taking too long, and kidnaps them.

It turns out that these men were working not on a game, but a robot: A little drilling machine called a Tetrobot. Now it's up to him to rescue his inventors from their unknown location...

A sequel, Tetrobot And Co, was released on October 15, 2013.


Tropes that apply to Blocks That Matter:

  • Block Puzzle
  • Cute Machines: The Tetrobot.
  • Frictionless Ice: Ice blocks are made of this, sliding along a surface until they hit an obstacle or fall off a ledge.
  • Helpful Mook: Type 2 in the Fire Slimes and Chocolate Slimes, which can disintegrate "fuses" of blocks.
  • Matter Replicator: The Tetrobot, sort of. He can collect up matter and then replicate it in other places.
  • Meaningful Name: The Tetrobot builds structures of four blocks at a time (i.e., tetrominoes).
    • Meaningful Rename: Near the end of the game, the Tetrobot is renamed the Buster by Maya, who wanted to give that name to the golden slime.
    • The "blocks that matter" are the hidden blocks in levels that players have to find, which reveal themselves to be famous blocks in gaming and pop culture.
  • Mysterious Informant: There's one that aids Alexey, Markus, and the Tetrobot in their mission.
  • Nintendo Hard
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  • Press X to Die: You can hold down the W key to activate your Tetrobot's self-destruct sequence if you get stuck trying to solve a puzzle.
  • Samus Is a Girl: Upon hearing the kidnapper's voice through the 'communication stems', as well as picking up clues on the way, Markus and Alexey quickly assumed that they were held prisoner by a young boy. As it turns out in the end, the kidnapper was a young girl named Maya.
  • Selective Gravity: Only blocks with rounded corners are subject to the whims of gravity. Other blocks will stay where they are placed. This can be handy when you need to make bridges or stairs.
  • Shout-Out: The creators of the Tetrobot, Alexey and Markus, are named after the creators of Tetris and Minecraft.
  • To Be Continued: The ending of the game. Tetrobot And Co indeed continues it.

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