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Published: August 31, 2022


Block and Key — A Matter of Perspective

Block and Key

In Block and Key, adventurers excavate 3D blocks and strategically place them on the floor of a long-forgotten temple to fulfill key card objectives. These ancient ruins are constructed from the game box itself, and can be set up in 30 seconds!

Block and Key board game box, cards, components, and game boards
Block and Key, from Inside Up Games
  • Players: 1-4
  • Ages 8+
  • Play Time: 20-40min
  • Complexity: 3/10

The Gist of The Game

The objective of the game is to score as many points as possible by claiming Key cards. Key cards are claimed when a player fulfilles the design as shown on their card(s). To fulfill these designs, players place blocks into a shared space, but they can only claim their Keys if the design is visible from their unique 2D perspective!

objective key card from Block and Key board game
A Key card objective is complete when its design is fulfilled by the blocks, from your perspective
  • Each turn, adventurers either draw new blocks from the excavation site, or place one block into the shared temple floor. If a pattern created by the blocks visible from that adventurer’s perspective match the patterns on their key cards, they may claim the key.
the excavation site board from Block and Key board game
The excavation site
  • At the end of the game, players score points for the number of visible block faces matching the color on their enigma card and the value of their claimed keys. The adventurer with the most points wins!

Example of Gameplay

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