RumbleBlocks - The Game


Built by Team Illuminate, Updated and Extended by Team Sci-Fri

High Level Summary:  This game is designed to teach children ages 5-7 how to build and identify stable structures.  In the game, players must build towers by manipulating a series of blocks in order to help a friendly alien creature get to its spaceship so it can return to home.

Detailed Summary:  The game teaches the three basic principles outlined below.

  • Symmetrical structures are more stable
  • Objects with a wider base are more stable
  • Objects with a lower center of mass are more stable

Each level is designed to teach one or more of these principles in a progressive manner of increasing challenge to meet the demands of amateur and novice builders alike.

The game was built by the Entertainment Technology Center and the Human Computer Interaction Institute of Carnegie Mellon University with a focus of achieving the learning outcomes listed above. RumbleBlocks was built by the Illuminate team in the fall semester of 2011, with the SCI-FRI team extending on their work in the spring semester of 2012.

Playtest data suggests children find the game highly addictive–all of the children in our last playtest wanted to play more; 3 children actually succeeded in finishing all 50 levels within a set time frame.

Play the Web Version

(If you don’t see the game below, click the “Unity Web Player Install Now” Button)


The game is available now for PC, Mac, and Android devices!  To download it, simply click on the appropriate version below:

*To install on an Android device, you will need a file browser, such as  Astro File Manager.  Browse to the .apk file on your device and run to install.  Your device may ask you to allow installations from unknown sources, if so, you can find the setting in: Settings>Application Settings> Unknown Sources. If you get  ”Parse Error”, make sure you downloaded the right .apk for your Android device’s OS version*
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