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Video GameThe Block Review
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Posted: 3 months ago.

Author: Ben Kendall, @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.


The Block is a creative city-building game where you place buildings and trees to make beautiful miniature scenes. Inspired by games like Dorfromantik, there are no time limits, objectives or enemies. The randomly generated pieces offer countless unique creations as you let your mind wander, making for a unique and meditative game.

There are several different sizes of square grids on which you can build, and each piece you place, whether a tree, tower, or building, is unique. This results in tiny urban scenes covering every pixel of your block, varying in height, density and landscape.

The twist is that you have to work with the flow of pieces you are provided with. Because you can't choose when you get each one the creations gain an organic feel where happenstance and creativity meet to make something often unexpected.

The result is a peaceful, relaxing distraction that offers unlimited variation and creativity in the places you create through randomly generated and selected tiles.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 16/12/2022

Platforms: Mac and PC

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 3+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: World Building and Creative

Accessibility: 23 features

Components: 2D Overhead, Blocks and Grid

Developer: Paul Schnepf (@Paul_Schnepf)




Play Time: It takes between 1 minute and 5 minutes to play a round of this game. There are no objectives or time limits, and each grid takes only a few minutes to fill in depending on the size.

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game.

You can play this game in the following styles:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has not yet been rated, but we anticipate it is likely to be rated PEGI 3.

Skill Rating

3+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. There are no objectives nor requirements for quick reaction or skill, so it can be played by players of any ability or age. You just need the skill to move each object and be happy if your cityscape doesn't turn out how you imagined it.


The Block usually costs £2.09.

The Block

Steam Store PC £2.09
Steam Store Mac £2.09
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.


Our The Block Accessibility Report documents 23 accessibility features:
There are no time limits or objectives, and all the controls are clearly displayed by default (you can hide them). There is no need for quick reactions or fast reflexes.

The text is all high contrast, but not large.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We haven't documented diversity and inclusion information for this game yet.

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