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Blockout
Publisher: Electronic Arts (US/EU), Sega (JP), TecToy (BR)
Developer:
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Original system(s): PC
Sound driver: Electronic Arts/Rob Hubbard
Genre: Puzzle































Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
JP
¥6,000 G-4059
Sega Mega Drive
US
$49.95[1] 705501
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£34.99[2] E175SMX
Sega Mega Drive
FR
?F E175SMX
Sega Mega Drive
DE
DM ? E175SMX
Sega Mega Drive
ES
?Ptas E175SMX
Sega Mega Drive
AU
$? ?
Sega Mega Drive
BR
R$? ?



Blockout (ブロックアウト) is a puzzle game developed by California Dreams and published by Electronic Arts for the Sega Mega Drive in 1991. It has also been released for other consoles and computers.

The game can be seen almost as "3D Tetris". The game has a top-down perspective, with the primary objective being to clear "floors" rather than lines. Like Tetris, the player is given a series of shapes made up of cubes, which can be rotated on all three axes. Also like Tetris, if the player's pieces reach the top of the screen (i.e. some floors have gaps in them), the player will lose.

The formula behind Blockout has been recycled and rebranded numerous times, just like Tetris.

Production credits

  • Original Design by: Alexander Ustaszewski
  • Genesis Programming by: Edwin W. Reich, Jr., Steve Hayes
  • Graphics by: Gary Martin
  • Sound and Music by: Michael Bartlow
  • Technical Director: Richard Hicks
  • Produced by: Richard Robbins
  • Assistant Producers: Jeff Haas, John Manley
  • Special Thanks To: John Tomlinson
Source: In-game credits

Magazine articles

Main article: Blockout/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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MegaForce FR 01.pdfMegaForce FR 01.pdf

PDF
Print advert in
Mega Force (FR) #1: "Juillet/Août 1991" (1991-07-18)

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
91 №1, p68/69[3]
86 №116, p52/53[4]
82 №1, p46/55[5]
85 №19, p189
81 №5, p63
67 №9, p19
65 №11, p83
91 №1, p76[6]
88 №20, p113
91 №9, p36/37[7]
69 №12, p48[2]
89 №21, p22/23
100 №23, p52
76 №18, p64
Sega Mega Drive
83
Based on
14 reviews

Mega Drive, US
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Cover
Blockout MD US Cart.jpg
Cart
Blockout MD US Manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, EU
Blockout MD EU Box.jpg
Cover
Blockout MD US Cart.jpg
Cart
Mega Drive, JP
Blockout MD JP Box.jpg
Cover
Blockout MD JP CartTop.jpg
Blockout MD JP Cart.jpg
Cart
Mega Drive, AU

Mega Drive, BR
Blockout md br cover.jpg
Cover
Blockout MD BR Cart.jpg
Cart

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 5e2966f1
MD5 c324d9a3cbfa530996b6ad202686627b
SHA-1 f6620d3b712f3bd333d0bb355c08cf992af6e12d
128kB 1991-06 Cartridge (US/EU/JP)

References

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NEC Retro has more information related to Blockout.
  1. File:VG&CE US 31.pdf, page 46
  2. 2.0 2.1 File:Raze UK 12.pdf, page 48
  3. File:ConsolesPlus FR 001.pdf, page 66
  4. File:CVG UK 116.pdf, page 52
  5. File:HobbyConsolas ES 001.pdf, page 46
  6. File:MegaTech UK 01.pdf, page 76
  7. File:MeanMachines UK 09.pdf, page 36


Tetris and Tetris-like games for Sega systems/developed by Sega
Sega: Tetris (1989) | Flash Point (1989) | Bloxeed (1989) | Sega Tetris (1999) | Sega Ages 2500 Series Vol. 28: Tetris Collection (2006) | Tetris Giant (2010) | Puyo Puyo Tetris (2014)
Third-Party: Blockout (1991) | Tetris Plus (1996) | Tetris S (1996) | Tetris 4D (1998) | The Next Tetris: On-Line Edition (2000) | Tetris Kiwamemichi (2004)
Tetris related media
Music
Tetremix (1989) | Flash Point/Bloxeed (1990) | New Century (2006)