Space Blocks – Letter to Parents
While I was somewhat ambivalent about space as a kid (due to a few X-Files induced night terrors), I’ve really come full circle. It’s completely mind-boggling to imagine the possibilities other galaxies hold – and none more adorable than in Space Blocks.
We wanted this newly-discovered planet to have a sort of 70s sci-fi feel to it – our art director Aaron’s sketches had an awesome retro feel to them, and I wanted to capture that in the final artwork. There’s something comforting about this version of space – slightly retro and very charming, nothing is too cold, foreign or metallic.
As for our new space friends, little ones will meet friendly gangs of Zardozians, Moon Moles and Zetoxians as they build their space settlements. Fun fact: We named the Zardozians after the delightfully pulpy Sean Connery flick ‘Zardoz’!
With dozens of animated building blocks, kids are free to build however they’d like – whether that’s a moon cheese shop or a cozy Zetoxian cottage. However, if it were up to me, I’d build a cozy spaceship home that I could return to after an intergalactic road trip. (My design inspiration? The Futuro House – a futuristic dwelling built in the 1970s to mimic a UFO!).
To infinity and beyond,
How to play
Drag blocks onto the screen to start creating your first building. Try a Zardozian dwelling, futuristic spaceship or astronaut ice cream shop! Drag the drawer at the bottom from left to right to see all your block options. Want something new? Just drag a block offscreen and it’ll be replaced with a new one! Each time you use a window or door, you’ll meet a new space friend, who can also be dragged around for playdates. Don’t forget to make good use of the creative props, too!
To talk about
Ask your kids what daily life is like on their newly-discovered planet. What do the space creatures and visitors do all day? Do they like visiting friends? Where do they do their grocery shopping? Creating building prompts can be loads of fun too – ask your little one to create a space vehicle for a visiting scientist, or a cozy home for Jinja to stay in.
To access the settings, open the Settings app on your device and scroll down to Village. Here, you’ll find options to hide the “Sago News” and “For Parents” buttons on the title screen.
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- Davin Risk, Play Designer
- Nik Aggarwal, Developer
- Daniel Abensour, Artist
- Yuliya Boublikova, Animator
- Danny Simmons, Sound Design & Music
- Danielle Rainey, Release Manager