October 9th, 2012 | By Dominic Tarason
In this day and age, a level editor without some kind of integrated sharing framework just seems like a waste of effort. With so many level packs and mods out there, it really helps to bring down the barriers between players and user-made content. The past few years have brought great leaps and bounds in that direction, and the growth of Steam Workshop integration across a range of mainstream and indie games really lends weight to that. Today, the charming and clever puzzle-platformer Blocks That Matter added full Workshop support, and to celebrate, it’s half-off for today only. Go grab it.
For those who didn’t catch sight of the game first time round (it was featured in at least on Humble Indie Bundle, so you might already own it – go check, I’ll wait), it’s a rather ingenious piece of design. A fairly simple platformer at first glance, but you soon gain access to a combination of block-based superpowers: Mining bricks ala Minecraft, and placing them in the form of Tetris pieces. The concepts are carried further by the story of the game – you play as an experimental robot designed as a collaboration between Alexy Pajitnov and Markus Persson. See? Blocks really do matter!
Right now there’s only ~25 new levels on the workshop, but that number will undoubtedly grow. The developers have also added several new packs of levels since the original release of the game on Xbox Live Indie Games a couple years back. The level editor is easy to use, and really is only limited by your ability to come up with interesting puzzles. Give it a shot, and share your creations in the comment box below. Maybe even produce something for IGM, eh? Just a thought…