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Block Attack - Rise of the Blocks - the game
A Tetris Attack Clone under the GPL.


Screen shot

Block Attack - Rise of the Blocks

Supported OS


Recent Linux version. Target is all current Ubuntu Desktop LTS versions (up to 5 years).


Target is all official supported versions of windows for x86-64 that allows manually installed software. Currently Windows 10+.


  • A version of g++ with C++11 support. Tested on g++-4.9
  • libSDL2
  • libSDL2_image
  • libSDL2_mixer
  • libSDL2_ttf
  • libphysfs
  • libfmt
  • libboost (only needed for compiling)
  • libboost-program-options


The only supported build method is using the CMake
To build do:

cmake .
# or
# cmake -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Debug .
# or
# cmake -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Release .

The result should be in the "Game"-folder. To run


You can also choose to install it with

sudo make install

Windows build uses MXE ( and Docker. See "Building with Docker".

Building using Docker

As getting a C++ project with many dependencies to compile can be a daunting task then I have provided a couple of Docker images that can perform a build. Both for Windows and Linux.

The project should at all time be able to compile on the oldest and latest supported version of Ubuntu. This is tested with Docker.

On a fresh checkout you can use:

docker build -f source/misc/docker/Dockerfile.Ubuntu18.04build . -t blockattack_test


docker build -f source/misc/docker/Dockerfile.WindoesBuild . -t blockattack_test

Source Structure

This project is a bit unconventional because I didn't know any better at the time.

  • Game - The output is placed here
  • man - The manual file and the script to generate it. May be moved to source/misc at some point
  • source/code/ - The source code
  • source/code/Libs - External libs that are compiled into the project because they are either header only (Cereal) or not designed for use as a shared library.
  • source/code/sago - Source code. Not designed to be specific to Block Attack - Rise of the Blocks
  • source/assets - Source for the assets if relevant. For instance svg source for the graphics.
  • source/misc - Misc stuff. Code related tool that are used for development but not part of the final product.
  • source/misc/astyle - Helper script that enforces code style using the "astyle"-program
  • source/misc/docker - Docker files used by Travis CI (but can just as well be used for local testing and release builds)
  • source/misc/embedded_libs - Contains dependencies not present on all supported systems
  • source/misc/icons - Icons for the installer
  • source/misc/screenshots - Screen shots like the one in this README file.
  • source/misc/translation - Translations and related tools and scripts
  • windows installer - Information needed to Windows installer. May be moved to source/misc at some point

Reporting bugs

Please report bugs on github: If possible: Check if the bug is already fixed in master. But if you don't know how to check it then just report it.


Contributions are welcome. See for details.