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Hello all you New Grounders,

Welcome to our latest game, Block Squad, which is something of a re-work of our previous title, Knightfall. As a member of the squad it's your job to save the city from an infestation of pesky blocks, retrieving the city's valuables (such as cats, burgers and ice cream) to unlock the exit to the next level.

On each level you will need to collect a certain amount of items before the exit opens, but you have a limited number of moves in which to do this. To move your squaddie around the board you will have to both remove blocks beneath them and rotate the board. Blocks can be removed from the board simply by clicking to highlight them, then clicking again to clear them. Removing groups of 3 or more blocks will only cost you one move, removing a pair of blocks will cost you 2 moves, and removing a single block will cost you 4, so make every move count! The board itself can be rotated by clicking the arrow on either side of it, or by using the left arrow, 'A' or 'Z' keys to rotate left, and the right arrow, 'S' or 'X' keys to rotate right.

Points are awarded for completing a level quickly and efficiently, but the biggest bonuses are to be had by collecting as many items as possible. The metal blocks can't be cleared and are generally a bit of a nuisance, but nothing more. The key to success is realising that you don't necessarily have to move your squaddie, rather that you can move items or indeed the exit instead.

Finally, you can also use 'Esc' or 'P' to pause the game if you fancy a breather, and 'F' to enter full-screen mode. Hope you enjoy the game and please let us know what you think of it!

Nice one,

The Megadev team.

*** UPDATE ***
Thanks for the slot on the front page Tom and everyone else at NG! :-) Just uploaded a new version which features a new and hopefully better tutorial - thanks for all the great feedback so far!

Reviews


bizarrechickenbizarrechicken

Rated 5 / 5 stars

Epic music.

I'm giving this a ten because it has the same niggling problems as Knightfall - the fact that the randomness of the squares will always plague the turn limit / objectives, but the music, the music had me besotten. I loved the songs in this. Please, tell me where you found them - or if you wrote them.


Megadev responds:

Hi mate, thanks for the review and glad you like the music! You can actually download it right here:

http://www.megadev.co.uk/audio/blocks quad_theme.mp3
http://www.megadev.co.uk/audio/blocks quad_girl.mp3
http://www.megadev.co.uk/audio/blocks quad_bruiser.mp3

If you have trouble downloading it then just e-mail us and we'll send it to you directly.

Cheers,

Mike.


XenogeistXenogeist

Rated 5 / 5 stars

Fun

I've played a game similar to this, and I think this one's better. Fun stuff.



WayeroWayero

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

I'm hooked

Wow! You took the Knightfall concept and turned it into a match 3 variation.

It's one of the best puzzle games I've ever played, right alongside Knightfall. You guys are great at this!

Original concept, original fun. Please, keep it up.



Lord-KalvoLord-Kalvo

Rated 5 / 5 stars

Amazing!!!

I religiously play "bubble breaker" on my cell phone multiple times daily. this is a fantastic spin on the classic. I love the added strategy. really spruces up the repetitive nature of these types of games. My only complaint is that the instructions are by far the most useless I've ever seen. Playing for the first time, I had absolutely no Idea what the hell they were saying. luckily the gameplay is simple, and I immediately picked it up. I looked at the instructions again, (this time knowing how to play) and they still looked like a bunch of nonsense... hahah, I appreciate you trying to put an innovative spin on the instructions, but this one didn't work out too good lol. anyway, amazing game. I think it's top class.


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JesseDevaneyJesseDevaney

Rated 3 / 5 stars

Didn't care for it.

It seemed like a cool game, but I really couldn't get into it, I don't really have any suggestions, except maybe make it so the girl doesn't cry like a bitch when you lose.