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Block Ness (2021) is a traversal game where players try to create the longest monster. You take turns inserting 3D Monster pieces into a board to extend the length of your creature. It is about finding a way to twist and turn your monster so that you can avoid getting trapped and become the biggest fish in a small loch.

You play as one of four Block Ness Monsters, who have decided to stick their necks out above the water and fight for space in which to grow. You do this by adding one of ten differently-sized looping Monster pieces to the front or end of your monster. The only rules are that your pieces must be placed next to either end of your existing monster and you can only cross over an opponent's monster if you can go above them.

As you play, the board becomes fuller and your pieces fewer and less varied. You must think ahead and select your pieces carefully or become trapped with no space to grow into. The game ends when you are all blocked from moving or you have all placed all of your Monster pieces into the Loch. The player with the fewest Monster pieces remaining wins the game.

What starts as a simple spatial puzzle quickly becomes a complex tussle for space. You need to grow your monster carefully, each time selecting a Monster piece that keeps you out of trouble whilst reserving key pieces for later in the game.

Our examiner, Rob Prior, first checked Block Ness 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 8 weeks ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Brain Game and Traversal game with Puzzle and Strategy elements. You can play with 2 to 4 players in the same room. Best with 4 players.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Learn to Play: This takes 5 minutes to learn. It is a fairly simple game to learn. You need to understand what placements are and aren't allowed. Once you have understood this, you can begin the task of building your own winning strategies.

Play Time: This game will take between 15 minutes and 20 minutes to complete.


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Age RatingsAge Ratings

Skill Level

6+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Younger players need the dexterity to insert the pieces into the board and the ability to understand the placement rules.

Content Rating

We rate this suitable for 3+ years-olds.


There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 01/01/2021

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Players: 2-4

Genres: Brain Game, Traversal (Puzzle and Strategy)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: Board, Gadget and Placeables

Developer: Blue Orange Games (@BlueOrangeGames)

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