Block'hood | PC
Block'hood release date for PC:
11 May 2017 | Worldwide
11 May 2017 | Europe
11 May 2017 | USA
Game mode: single player
Block’hood is an unusual city builder strategy game developed by Plethora-Project, a small studio comprising a dozen or so members. The game is available on PC / Windows thanks to Developer Digitial who took on their shoulders the task of publishing the game since the company helps other independent developers introducing their games to the international market.
Block’hood stands out from similar games due to its unique nature - the game builds on ecology and players have to construct their buildings in harmony with the nature using safe and renewable energy sources. Unlike other games sharing the same genre, player’s task is not to create the biggest city possible - his actions are limited to a micro environment comprising a single estate. Whenever a player runs out of space, he is left with no other choice than to expand his construction site upwards, by erecting multistoried and self-sufficient skyscrapers.
In order to build new structures, a player can use over 200 types of blocks and connect them in various ways. The titular blocks are the building materials - like a 3D jigsaw puzzle, each unit complements the whole structure. It is crucial for a player to learn dependencies between particular blocks. For example, if a tree is to produce oxygen, it needs a continuous access to water supplies; also, if a shop is to generate income, it needs customers. Moreover, players have to optimize their production, which is based on over 20 different kinds of resources occurring in particular blocks. To spice things up a bit, after some time, all the improperly set blocks die and become, eventually, uninhabitable - such blocks have to be destroyed before they corrupt adjacent hexahedrons. The list of player’s responsibilities in the game includes also tending to inhabitants’ individual needs - this regards both humans and their animal companions.
Players are introduced to the PC / Windows Block’hood gameplay mechanics by the simple Story mode comprising five chapters. Players can also try out the Education mode, which actually is a tutorial that allows them to familiarize themselves with modern technologies and their principles of operation. Moreover, the game offers multiple Challenges, in which one can test his skills having at his disposal a limited amount of resources and available blocks - one has to accomplish a task he has been assigned with using only the available materials. The last but not least is the Sandbox mode, in which a player can develop his estate with no limitations and prove himself as a modern architect.
Block’hood is bound to catch one’s attention with its original audiovisuals. In spite of the game’s simplicity, the 3D visuals might appeal to many players, and the dedicated soundtrack that surrounds players during their construction works makes for an additional attraction in the game.
Recommended: Quad Core 2 GHz, 8 GB RAM, graphic card 4 GB GeForce GTX 760 or better, 1 GB HDD, Windows XP/7/8/8.1/10
Minimum: Dual Core 2 GHz, 4 GB RAM, graphic card 2 GB GeForce GTX 660 or better, 1 GB HDD, Windows XP/7/8/8.1/10