Last week, we detailed a massive update for Majic Jungle's Minecraft-y world building simulation The Blockheads [Free] which would fundamentally change the way the game and its free-to-play model worked. Like many free-to-play games, The Blockheads is outfitted with various cooldown timers and a premium currency system which you can use to speed them up.

The thing which was different about The Blockheads compared to similar titles is that the timers would only count down while the game was open and running, which was inconvenient to say the least. Initially this was to encourage players to warp in a second character, and while one was busy with timer-based tasks you could use the other to continue on with your progress.

That's not really the way it worked out, though, as Majic Jungle looked at their data and realized the majority of players were never getting to the point of introducing additional characters, and in fact were hitting game-stopping timer walls where they were left with nothing to do but sit there and stare at the game until the counters finished.

This wasn't how the game was intended to be, so with today's update you can now queue up your tasks and exit the game and they will continue to count down while you're gone. It's also cheaper to warp in another character to help out with your various endeavors, and the maximum number of total characters available in a single world has been increased from 3 to 4.

While the change in timer behavior is the big news in this update, version 1.2 of The Blockheads is chock full of tons of other new stuff too. Sharks and fish have invaded the oceans, and you can build yourself a fishing pole to get out there and catch some of them. You can also craft your Blockhead a tin foil hat, which will give him or her their own free will, meaning they'll run around your world collecting resources, mining or exploring while you're away.

There are plenty more details on what's new in this update in the App Store description, but if you tried out The Blockheads initially and were turned off by how the timer system worked, then now is the time to give it another chance. Or if you're like me and just plain put up with the waiting because you enjoyed the game so much, today's update should make for a much more enjoyable experience all around. Be sure to check it out.

  • caaalrb

    *you're (fourth paragraph)

    I'll be here waiting for my offer of TA associate editor.

    • tulsy

      If you are talking about the your in the 4th paragraph then it is used appropriately. ...

      • Retero

        4th paragraph "your" should be changed to "you're" to mean "while you are gone."

    • Chester_Copperpot

      The same mistake is in the last sentence of the fifth paragraph, too.

    • http://twitter.com/JaredTA Jared Nelson

      It was a long day. Thanks for the correction :)

    • Fitzy

      Actually they got it right. You're means you are. So you are tasks and exit the game doesn't work. If you are going to make a correction please make sure it's right.

  • http://twitter.com/try2bcool69 Jay G

    I don't think timers really work in a game like this. I can't imagine Minecraft would have the level of success it has if there were timers every time you craft a torch, or sleep, or eat. I paid the extra cash to speed up the timers and it is still annoyingly slow paced. I would have preferred buying an end to them altogether.

    • vicsark

      Did you warp a second BH dude? Because this is a game changer (and as Jared said, the way the game is supposed to be played). The developer discovered it was less than obvious for the vast majority of players and is trying to incite them to play with more than one dude.
      I have now 4 Blockheads and I'm happy there are timers. This way, I can queue up crafting tasks for two dudes, while exploring a deep cave with another and sending the last one on a trip!
      The game is great and free, and very generous with its in game currency once you'll explore the caves. I recommend checking it (again) now with this update ;)

      • http://twitter.com/try2bcool69 Jay G

        Yes, I have a second dude, I stopped playing it shortly after because it still had the annoying fact that you had to have the game running for the timers to count down, but I will give it another try now since they changed it.

  • themostunclean

    Soooooo boring. Of course I can't stand Minecraft to begin with and this is such a blatant ripoff.

    Deleted and going back to Junk Jack which is about 10,000,000,000 times better. Seriously, no exaggeration, it's exactly 10,000,000,000 times better.

    • MidianGTX

      This was either the worst troll comment I've read in a long time, or just the worst comment I've read in a long time.

      • Fitzy

        I agree

  • Durduhdur

    Junk Jack > blockheads hands down, can't see the appeal in a game like this. Thankfully it was free no money wasted just precious time.

  • elmazzer

    I updated it just i got released update! Now its amazing!!!!

  • nilly2323

    Great game. If someone has cool buildings could you post a picture, I'm having trouble getting inspiration and I want to use most of my 200 limestone in storage. The update said that it had a new block, maybe basalt, how far done is it (around diamond?). For people who are deciding where to settle down choose a place near the equator, next get a shovel and clear yourself a large space and completely strip the top layer and replace it with compost. Once again, I would love some pictures of cool builduings, I kind of feel like building more of a tower, so if there are ideas for that it would be greatly appreciated.

  • Fitzy

    Where do you find worms?!?!?! I can't find them anywhere and I want to make a fishing rod.