block-n-load
Metacritic: 72/100
Release: Apr 2015
Reviewed on: PC

Block N Load

Site Score
7.5
Good: Unique idea – Good array of heroes
Bad: Some imbalances
User Score
8.3
(7 votes)
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Block N Load blends sandbox with the class based shooter to create a strategic 5 on 5 FPS where you’ll get to remake the environment to meet your needs while also playing as a host of colourful characters.

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Gameplay in Block N Load is split into two distinct game phases; the build phase and then the attack phase. During the first of these players are given several minutes to plan out their defences which need to be centred around your 3 base cubes which need to be protected from the enemy 5 person team.

This means building structures out of the various game blocks and combining them with utility blocks like glue, respawn pads, health stations, land mines, bear traps, plasma mines and turrets. With some of these blocks being class specific a balanced team is your best bet to ensure balanced defence.

Blocks aren’t just defensively minded though and once the game switches to the shooting phase you’ll find them just useful. Aggressive blocks include bombs, C4, speed pads and bounce pads. All of these blocks have a different block cost with more advanced items costing significantly more blocks to keep things balanced.

The builders behind the blocks are just as important in Block N Load though with a hero list of over a dozen. Using a typical freemium setup of rotating free characters, permanent unlocks through in game currency and paid skins all players can engage the range of heroes.

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Said heroes each come with a primary and secondary weapon that supports their playstyle (assault, defence, area control, support) and a unique block. Additionally a primary and passive skill can really separate you from other players with skills such as the ability to climb walls, heal allies, fear enemies, gaining shields for kills and many more.

Block N Load ensures a wealth of fun and is particularly effective when played in a pre-made group of 5 which ensures more consistent planning. Those without ample numbers though will still find they can win or lose games on their own merits due to the small size of players in each match.

Summary:

  • Build and fight in this unique shooter.
  • Command over a dozen heroes with unique skillsets.
  • Great variety of block types for offence and defence.
  • Show your support with premium game skins and stand out.
  • Free to play for Windows.

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Block N Load, 8.3 out of 10 based on 7 ratings

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