We all learn as toddlers that square pegs won't fit into round holes. You can pound your tiny fist all you want on top of your Fisher-Price playset, it just isn't going to work. Now Blockage, a brain-teasing puzzle from Guillhermo v.S. Heldt, has come along to teach us another important lesson: red blocks won't fill green squares. Also, sometimes teleportation is necessary. Very, very important life lessons.
You must use both the mouse and the keyboard. You use the mouse to choose which block you want to control by clicking on it. Once you've selected a block, use the left and right [arrow] keys (or [A] and [D]) to move the block. You can also solidify a block by hitting the [spacebar], but be warned, solidification is permanent. Your goal is to fill sparkling squares with blocks of the appropriate color. When a red block goes into a red square, it will also solidify. Colored squares will pass through other colored squares, but not through white squares, and white squares won't pass through themselves either. You'll encounter spaces that paint your blocks and spaces with one-time teleporters. Can you fill all the squares without trapping yourself?
If you're having flashbacks to Blocks With Letters On, you're not alone. The manipulation of the blocks and the goal of getting them into blocks where they freeze is very similar. However, while BWLO and its sequel seemed to take an almost sadistic glee in the sheer difficulty of its puzzles (which I for one ate right up), Blockage is a much more low-key game. I hate to say it's comparatively easy, because saying "It's easy compared to Blocks With Letters On" is like saying "It's painful compared to being made to sit in a comfy chair until lunch time with only a short break for coffee at 11."
There's no word solving, and there are only two kinds of special squares, the paint and the teleporters. What's more, there are only twenty levels. If you're expecting torture, I'm afraid that Blockage is more like being poked with a soft cushion. But with all the stuffing up at one end. So just watch out.