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The Block (2022) 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.

Our examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked The Block 19 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 12 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a World Building game with Creative elements. This is a single-player game.

You can play this game in the following styles:


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.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

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

Skill Level

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 £2.49. 

The Block

Steam StoreSALE PC £2.49 £0.74 until 22/07/2024
Steam StoreSALE Mac £2.49 £0.74 until 22/07/2024
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 16/12/2022

Price: 70% off

Out Now: Mac and PC

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)

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