At first or second glance, The Blockheads [Free] might strike you as just another one of those 2D Minecraft games. And while that's kinda true, The Blockheads has a lot more to share outside of punching trees and ore. It has its own secrets and style, as well as a neat party component that has you recruiting and using other avatars to hollow out your own place in the game.

If you've been kinda struggling with learning everything The Blockheads has to offer, we got your back. Earlier this week, we talked with the game's creator David Frampton about some of the basics of The Blockheads, as well as some high-level strategies. Here's some of the things we discussed.

Create Your Own Goals

There is no "end game" in The Blockheads, and that's a big part of the fun. You have to set your own goals. At the start of the game, you'll want to start small. Build all the work benches, start planting trees, and keep an eye out for caves, which generally have some of the more precious ores you'll need to up your crafting game.

Crafting Lets You Do Special Stuff

"Often the things that you craft will allow you to do special things, like riding a donkey with a carrot on a stick, or getting a caffeine fix from a cup of coffee," Frampton tells us. "But in order to craft those things you'll need a carrot and some coffee beans, so you'll need to go exploring."

Get Another Blockhead

It's a good idea to start building towards your second Blockhead -- available via the teleport -- as soon as possible because as you start crafting bigger and better stuff, the wait times increase, too. Having a second dude around helps your deal with that.

And Get Him Fast

As for how to do this the quickest, Frampton says planting is a good idea. Plant as much as you can near your spawn. When the trees start spewing delectables, you'll get part of the food required for another Blockhead. Digging with a quality pick axe is the fastest way to find a good cave.

Nothing Can Kill You

You can't die in Blockheads, but there are a few dangers. Drop Bears, for example, fall out of trees when provoked and can hurt you. They also attack at night. A good spear or a solid sword can take them out "easily," Frampton says.

But Pain Is Bad

If you take damage and lose energy and happiness, your avatar will take much longer to perform regular tasks. Fight against this with eating, sleeping, and caffeine. Frampton notes that Blockheads gain more energy faster when sleeping in beds. A cup of coffee is great for this, too, but you'll have to refine your own. Coffee trees are "very rare."

Use Gem Pick Axes

Gem pick axes are kind of a big deal. "An amethyst pick axe gives a 2x bonus when you mine, and a sapphire pick axe gives you 3x, right up to a diamond pick axe which gives you 6x," Frampton says. "This is particularly useful when mining time crystal blocks." If you hold off on mining all the crystal at the beginning, you'll get a lot more with a gem axe.

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One of the coolest things about The Blockheads is the amount of discovery that happens as you play, the not-so-subtle learning experience as you start punching more and more stuff. These tips are a good starting point, but there's a lot more game here than what we've discussed so far. Dive in, soak it up. It's fun.

Also, if you're looking for more ideas, hints, tips, anything, a good place to look is our forum thread. The Blockheads's official message board is a good knowledge-building base, too.

Images in this story via our thread.

  • Platyrrhine

    Hey, one of my pics made it. But I'm shocked that it was my ice castle rather than my "Welcome to _enisland" sign. It's still a mystery what that first letter on the sign is.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1068250570 Nathaniel Arnold

    Your best choice for early-game planting is probably a garden of about ten or so flax.

    Flax will grow almost anywhere in the game world; you're very likely to find it near your starting location. The seeds can be used as food, and though they are far less efficient for this purpose than fruit like apples, oranges, and cherries, an orchard of fruit trees will tend to attract drop bears, which can prove quite annoying.

    Flax seeds (and sunflower seeds, for that matter) can also be used in a press to manufacture oil, one of the two ingredients needed (along with clay - grey specks in dirt) for making lanterns in a kiln. Lanterns are *far* more efficient lighting than torches, and in many of my more recent games I have endeavored to skip torches altogether... although this is only feasible if a sufficient supply of rock is convenient.

    The flax itself (harvested from the green body of the plant, rather than the brown seeding top) can be used to make your first set of clothing at the tailor's bench.

    As with just about everything in this game, however, using proper tools is crucial to success: harvesting the brown seeding top of a flax plant will yield between two to eight seeds, depending on the plant's maturity (which may be estimated by its size), but *only* if you use a machete.

    Oh, and when your yield approaches six or seven seeds per bush, it may be best to harvest and replant, since the bushes themselves will eventually die.

  • Maniacfive

    Do not over look taking ladders with you when you go exploring the world. Never know when you might have to climb a big pole. Or what you may find. ;)

    • http://www.facebook.com/nolan.glanzer Nolan Glanzer

      yaaayyy i found a big poll in the sea and... I got a skirt lol:O

  • Justin Baker

    How do I make a work bench?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1068250570 Nathaniel Arnold

      When you enter a new world, you do so through a portal. Use the shovel in your inventory to dig some dirt nearby, and "tap" the portal to open its crafting menu. The first item on that menu is the Workbench.

    • Jessica Robinson

      When you start blockheads, you were enters by a portal, you press that portal when your done getting your character ready and you'll see work bench first, craft that and you'll be on your way.

  • Haley

    What is the "clothing" icon in your inventory?how does one GET clothes?

    • tecban

      Make a tailor bench, where you can use flax seeds to make fabric.

      • http://www.facebook.com/msixfreakx92 Tomi Schillaci

        How do u make a tailor bench? Or where do u get one?

      • http://www.facebook.com/nolan.glanzer Nolan Glanzer

        ya you can grow flax seed by planting the seed in the ground

      • http://www.facebook.com/msixfreakx92 Tomi Schillaci

        You know how to make a boat? I've been building roads over my oceans..

      • http://tmazon.com/ Tony

        You'll need a craft bench, some wood and some linen. You make linen by making a tailor's bench and using flax.

      • Jessica Robinson

        You'll need a tailors bench and craft bench, you get the linen from the tailors it will show you what you need

      • Jessica Robinson

        Go find all ready grown plants and destroy them, you will get flax and the seed you have destroy.
        You can not plant them, but keep them cause you might need them later like I had done.

    • Jessica Robinson

      Well, first get all benches, look through them and you'll find clothes, then get leather and fur from donkeys and those things on the tresss(some trees)

  • littlejester

    How do I make a chest?

    • Corky McButterpants

      • 1 block of wood (axe on tree trunk)
      • craft at a woodworking bench

      and while you're there - craft a bed to carry with u at all times (makes cat napping much less frustrating)

  • Camee

    How do I dye my clothes? I've tried everything, and I'm still stuck.

    • http://www.facebook.com/nolan.glanzer Nolan Glanzer

      I think you have to get the work benches to do it one to make the pigment and then to dye your clothes but you need some other stuff to do it like a bucket of water and a few other things

    • http://www.facebook.com/rudy.ceniceros.3 Rudy Ceniceros

      highlight the color you want to use in your dye table. it will tell you what ingredients you need to get. then you need to crush those ingredients in your press table to get the pigment. you will also need buckets of water.

  • disqus_QssDzsb7pT

    I ate a lot of chili peppers and my blockheads head won't stop steaming
    Please help!!!!!!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/nolan.glanzer Nolan Glanzer

      wait were did you find peppers

      • disqus_QssDzsb7pT

        I just kept going west and there's some bushes with peppers when you harvest them but I ate like 10 at once and my head started steaming
        The effect eventually wore off though

      • http://www.facebook.com/nolan.glanzer Nolan Glanzer

        oh ok i've only want to the north poll.
        and were can i find coffee beans

      • disqus_QssDzsb7pT

        Also in the west but they are in the form of coffee cherries which are purplish berries on trees
        You can craft them into beans

      • http://www.facebook.com/nolan.glanzer Nolan Glanzer

        so they aren't the same as cherries the ones on the white flowering tree right
        and is there anything on top of the north poll I thought I heard something about it

      • disqus_QssDzsb7pT

        Nope not the same and I didn't hear about anything at the top of the north pole

      • nilly2323

        At the to of the north pole is the "north pole hat of warmth". In the new update the clothes deteriorate, this piece doesn't. Haven't Been to
        the south pole but it might be some other clothing

      • http://tmazon.com/ Tony

        The south pole has ice shoes that make you walk really fast in the snow.

    • James Oakes

      All you need to do is go to sleep and the effect wears off

  • aryan raw

    I've made glass, but I don't know how to put it in the house. Anyone could help?

    • http://www.facebook.com/nolan.glanzer Nolan Glanzer

      your walls have to be made of woodblocks or dirt to put in windows (;

    • nilly2323

      You have to have a roof which will fill in the area under it (wooden platforms don't have back walls so this doesn't work with them) put this on any of the area under the roof(the back walls) but not on the roof itself

  • http://twitter.com/s0gaby Jake from State Farm

    how do you find corn?

    • http://www.facebook.com/nolan.glanzer Nolan Glanzer

      you should be able to find them is you walk to the left somewere

  • http://twitter.com/s0gaby Jake from State Farm

    what do you do when all the donkeys died???

    • http://www.facebook.com/nolan.glanzer Nolan Glanzer

      were did you get donkeys

      • s0gaby

        Like there's donkeys and you can ride them and stuff. And they all died. And do you need a boat to go to the North Pole?

      • http://www.facebook.com/nolan.glanzer Nolan Glanzer

        no you dont need a boat to got to the north poll but it helps they go across water way faster then swimming

      • http://www.facebook.com/mountain.drew1 Drew Martin

        If you plant a bunch of coconut trees donkeys appear near them.

  • http://twitter.com/s0gaby Jake from State Farm

    where do you find glass&diamonds??

    • http://www.facebook.com/nolan.glanzer Nolan Glanzer

      i think you have to go mining to find diamonds but to get glass you have to go to a beach and get sand and craft it into glass with the kiln

      • http://www.facebook.com/mountain.drew1 Drew Martin

        Diamonds are really deep and really rare. Mine until you see the magma then explore caves

  • http://twitter.com/s0gaby Jake from State Farm

    how do you go to the north pole, the moon, and other exciting places???

    • http://www.facebook.com/nolan.glanzer Nolan Glanzer

      I didn't know there was a moon "'cool" but anyway to get to the north poll just go to the right till you get there it takes a while and don't go with out clothes

    • http://www.facebook.com/Louise.Boyer.99 Louise Boyer

      You will find all the poles if you just travel around the globe. As far as I can tell you CANNOT get to moon. If you put up about 450 ladders (from sea level) you can get achievement "get to space".

  • s0gaby

    Where do you get corn?!

    • http://www.facebook.com/nolan.glanzer Nolan Glanzer

      I found mine to the left I also coconuts

  • s0gaby

    I saw an amathys and got stuck down in this cave thing and I can't get out. Help...

    • http://www.facebook.com/nolan.glanzer Nolan Glanzer

      oh i did that to the only way to get out is to dig "for some reason the cave closed on me" but if you have light maybe you can find were you came in unless the same thing happened to you

  • s0gaby

    I saw a gem and went down this cave thing I'm like by the palm trees and coconuts are and I went down this whole thinking I could get out and I got the gem but I can't get out. I have no ladders or anything. Just 24carrots 14 oranges raw dodo meat and 9 coconuts and 2mangos. Help

    • http://www.facebook.com/nolan.glanzer Nolan Glanzer

      well cant you dig your way out
      Is there rock or sand were your stuck and do you have light or isnt it dark?

  • s0gaby

    How do you build a house?

    • http://www.facebook.com/nolan.glanzer Nolan Glanzer

      you just dig dirt and take out of your inventory and place it were ever you want I usually dig a house and place the blocks that you got to make it bigger

  • s0gaby

    I found a way to get out thanks. But I'm still trying to get to the North Pole. I've been doing this since yesterday. It's taking me about 6hours!! What should I do?!

    • http://www.facebook.com/nolan.glanzer Nolan Glanzer

      WHAT it only takes like 10mn. That's wierd are stoping or something course it should not take that long

      • s0gaby

        No but my person has no energy and is so slow. I have those faster boots though but still...

      • http://www.facebook.com/mountain.drew1 Drew Martin

        Feed your person and give them sleep. When possible use a boat and a donkey. To go one quarter around the world it takes about 15-30min.

  • Blockhead player

    I planted a coffee bean and the plant has been there for a few days now and hasn't produced anymore. Does anyone know why or how to get it to?

    • http://www.facebook.com/nolan.glanzer Nolan Glanzer

      Humm it should grow unless its a glitch like when I planted a tree it shot up into a full grown tree in a few seconds

      • Blockhead player

        It's growing I'm just not getting anymore coffee beans. They are rare they only way I got it was from meditating. I just thought if I planted it I would get more but none yet and I play the game pretty often

      • http://www.facebook.com/Louise.Boyer.99 Louise Boyer

        You need to be in the tropics (areas with lots of mango trees) to grow coffee successfully. It grows slowly and does not produce fast. With the new update make compost out of kelp. Plant seed in compost and it will grow faster and produce more.

  • s0gaby

    I dunno. And once you've gone to the South Pole is it close by to go around the world cuz it'll take forever to turn around and go back and I'm wondering if it would just be quicker to keep going -> that way. I'm currently at the South Pole.

    • http://www.facebook.com/nolan.glanzer Nolan Glanzer

      no its not closer to keep going I went around the world it takes quite awhile but I did get mangoes coffee beans and pears from the cactus

  • http://www.facebook.com/number.wan.wb Wanvipa Boonsuepsakul

    how do u level up to level 2? i cant see anything that indicates my level. help :(

    • You know who

      You cant lvl up if you are talking about workbenches you have to lvl up the workbench with a particular item e.g. a press table you need water buckets. hope this helps

  • http://www.facebook.com/julio.castillo.2323 Julio Castillo

    Where is the best place to find bronze ? I can't find it .

    • Jessica Robinson

      Well you don't find it, you need ores to make ingots that make bronze

  • http://www.facebook.com/tallon.olivas Tallon Olivas

    I can't find bronze anywhere! Any tips? I need help!

    • http://www.facebook.com/rudy.ceniceros.3 Rudy Ceniceros

      you can't "find" bronze. you have to combine the copper and tin ingots in your furnace.

  • Connor Osborne

    I am stuck in a cave and I can't get out becouse I am badly injured and I can't move and I can't press on a block and destroy it or place it i don't know what to do I have no food either and I am stuck in a climbing position on a wall

    • Connor Osborne

      Help it is my best world and I have a gold house I need help

      • http://www.facebook.com/mountain.drew1 Drew Martin

        First of all I don't know how you got a gold house, it took me forever to get two gold blocks, regardless. You can't get stuck you just move really slowly. Even when my game glitched and I ended up inside a bunch of rock, I mined the rock around and in front of me until I was visible again. You can break rock without a pick axe it just takes a really long time. Cut one square into the wall you're on and sleep. Then slowly crawl out the way you came.

    • http://www.facebook.com/Louise.Boyer.99 Louise Boyer

      I got stuck in an underwater cave in the dark, it was awful. Center on your character and try putting a torch anywhere around you. Keep placing torches till you can get to a place to meditate or sleep. You will move really slow for a while but should be able to recover. Hope this helps.

  • http://www.facebook.com/andrej.glavnik Andrej Glavnik

    to get donkey you need to plant. carrot but i dobt know how to get the dodo egs ??i need them to make the 3rd blockhead man !?? please help!??
    i have my a coffe beans an everything but i don't have a diamonds and dodo egs.
    i wnat to know if i can take give a lava in to tin bucket??!

    • http://www.facebook.com/Louise.Boyer.99 Louise Boyer

      Plant apple tree orchard. Dodos will appear. About the time the apple trees flower (turn pink) the dodos may lay eggs. Meditate and keep an eye out.

  • http://twitter.com/truebloodjess Jessica melhorn

    swimming across the ocean was the worst idea i made

  • http://www.facebook.com/tatiana.coletrain.7 Tatiana Coletrain

    if you do 2 player with your friend do you lose your current progress on your 1 player?

    • Kamari Clarke

      No you keep all your stuff but only if you have them in a chest

  • Legit

    i need help i cant figure how to make a Tin Bucket i have upgraded my portal to Sapphire and it still cant find it. please help

  • http://www.facebook.com/basil.mari.7 Basil Mari

    My donkeys keep dying how do I make them live longer?

  • http://www.facebook.com/debbie.henricksen.5 Debbie Henricksen

    How do I get carrots?

  • http://www.facebook.com/mountain.drew1 Drew Martin

    Craft bench

  • http://www.facebook.com/jared.harris.338 Jared Harris

    Is there a way to not get hurt when you get by lava. I tried digging from the lake to the lava but than the game just slowed down a bunch. It couldn't handle my mind I guess but has anyone figured out a solution. How long did it take you to make it around the world?

    • http://www.facebook.com/Louise.Boyer.99 Louise Boyer

      Putting water on lava just makes the water "boil". You still get hurt. You can't travel through lava, at least I have not found out how.

  • http://www.facebook.com/wing.yinchan.92351 Wing Yin Chan

    I want to know what plant do you plant to spawn dodo birds?

    • nilly2323

      Apple trees

    • daGOVERNOR

      They can spawn anywhere, but are more common around apple trees. Dodo bird eggs can only be found within a few blocks of apple trees. Eggs will hatch if left alone for a few days, but can also be eaten. Eggs replenish a little bit more food than apples.

  • Evan Gehret

    If I kept going straight in one direction will I end up at the same location?

    • http://tmazon.com/ Tony

      Yes. Make sure you have a boat to travel across oceans though...

  • http://www.facebook.com/beirserk Chich N Chong

    how do u ride a donkey

  • http://www.facebook.com/msixfreakx92 Tomi Schillaci

    How do you make a boat? Is it on a woodwork bench upgrade?

  • http://www.facebook.com/logan.wilson.1272 Logan Wilson

    If I'm at the east "pole"where do I go to get to the North Pole (left or right)

    • http://tmazon.com/ Tony

      Left

  • http://www.facebook.com/annie.bolton.50 Annie Bolton

    How do you get marble?

    • http://www.facebook.com/emily.jarvis.35 Emily Jarvis

      There is a white stone looking thing in caves and if u mine them u should get marble.

  • http://www.facebook.com/annie.bolton.50 Annie Bolton

    How do you get marble? Please answer

  • http://www.facebook.com/autumn.yoder.33 Autumn Yoder

    How do you build a boat like I know I need 2linen and 2 wood but how do I physically put the boat in the water to build

    • Kamari Clarke

      You need a craft bench lv 2 then build it on there then place it on the water just hit the land to get it back

  • Ian.Liu3@education.nsw.gov.au

    you can find nemo fish

  • http://www.facebook.com/lauren.quadir Lauren Quadir

    Is there any easy way to find caves, not just random digging?

  • Guest

    How do a catch a shark? I have tried to fish. what bait do I use?

  • Ian.Liu3@education.nsw.gov.au

    I need more flax!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/leah.ewingcowan Leah Ewing-Cowan

    To make a bed the tutorial says i need a carpenters bench, where can i make one of these? Plus do i use a campfire to make lanterns or just torches?

  • http://www.facebook.com/hannah.kettwig.5 Hannah Kettwig

    What happens if you die

  • http://www.facebook.com/alex.calderon.986 Alex Calderon

    How do you get cherries. I'm getting frustrated because I can't find any

  • Pam

    Someone griefed me in the newest update and how do you prevent that because they stole all my progress and burnt down my house
    So I reported it and no one did anything

  • Emmo

    How do you get string

  • GamerGirl013

    How can I get to level 2? I am trying to get there to craft a carrot on a stick but apparently I am still level 1 and I've tried accomplishing goals like "eat a chili" and "reach the South Pole" I've done those and yet it doesn't seem to be getting me anywhere please help!

  • B boy 960

    omg the update came out,now i can put on a sighen HOME SWEET HOME

  • B boy 960

    UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE

  • ChaoticHamster

    Can you kill the subterranean cyclops? If so how? I hit him about 10 or 15 times with my bronze sword.

    • Adrian Bonifacio

      yes, i killed it with a stone spear. I don't remember how many times I hit it but my 99 mangoes went down to 40 before it died as I was eating them to heal my blockhead

  • ChaoticHamster

    BTW Great game guys!! I intend to buy the double speed production to help support ya'll.

    • Adrian Bonifacio

      how I wish I could do that too but I ain't got money online.

  • Ashlee

    How do u level up

  • Amy Aruha

    How do you get coins pls help

  • Smudge

    What does 'Exposed to the Elements' mean?