first, some links:
very technically detailed mame page about blockout: http://www.mameworld.net/maws/romset/blckoutj
warning: shameless backup of the KLOV Blockout blockout site
Manufacturer: Technos Year: 1989 Class: Wide Release Genre: Puzzle Type: Videogame
Monitor: Orientation: Horizontal Type: Raster: Standard Resolution CRT: Color Conversion Class: JAMMA Number of Simultaneous Players: 2 Maximum number of Players: 2 Gameplay: Either Control Panel Layout: Multiple Player Sound: Amplified Mono (one channel)
A 3-D puzzle game where different shaped blocks are rotated and arranged while they fall down inside a grid-mapped well. Completing a solid grid level eliminates those blocks, while others stack up towards you. The game has New Age-type background music and an ominous, talking Max Headroom-like character.
LICENSOR: California Games Scarcity in collections (VAPS.org)
The name “Block Out” is actually a trademark of Kadon Enterprises.
the arcade machine:
the control panel:
backside of the control panel: