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by Luke Farrugia • 23 December 2020

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Upon landing on this website, you are dropped into a mysterious room, peppered with pop-culture treasures from the 1980s. Sprawled across the wall, you can see images of the Ectomobile from Ghostbusters, Goku from Dragonball, the Delorean from Back to the future, along with a poster of a Nintendo SNES controller stating 'Pick up your phone' in large letters.

The room is a little hazy, yet warm, and when you move your cursor around, anticipation builds. As you progress to the right side of the room, the screen pans and you are faced with an old school computer with a tall vertical display. After a few seconds, the screen initiates, and you are prompted to key in a nickname and hit return on a DOS-style interface. Instantly, the computer begins pumping a catchy arcade-style tune, and you are presented with the menu screen for the game, Block Rage.

At this moment it becomes clear that this 'awwwards site of the day' by PSG Software in Poland is going to present you with a gaming treat. Block Rage is a multiplayer game that leverages blocks and rage. Taking advantage of QR codes and your phone, this game converts your phone into a gamepad and encourages you to train with their robot or compete against players from around the world.

In Block Rage, you take control and move descending blocks of different shapes to form lines. Your goal is to score as many points as possible before the blocks clog the playing field, causing a game end. You can select characters to personalise your experience, with each offering a unique punchline that can be used to nag opponents while battling for point-victory. From there, you have the choice of the gamepad. This choice is significant as it determines how many lines you have to form to sabotage your opponent.

To get started and play, scan the QR code presented on your screen with your smartphone, and then your phone magically turns into an old school Nintendo NES or SNES type controller.

From entering the site to playing the game, PSG Software has done a fantastic job of setting the scene, building anticipation and delivering on a nostalgic gaming experience.

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