We jink left, step right, dodge one way and then again before cutting back. We’re constantly moving, evading defenders as we power on towards the try line and sporting immortality. At least that’s the narrative playing out in our head.
In reality, we’re sat on the sofa playing Blocky Rugby, a sporting-themed arcade runner where that imposing defence stands between you and that high-score you’ve been chasing.
As you take to the field and receive a looping kick-off, you're automatically propelled forward. You’ve got to skip from side to side to find the clear path, and your task is simple – score a try. With onrushing defenders filling the field, however, things aren’t that straightforward. There’s no passing, no line-outs or scrums. Instead, it’s all you. This is your time to shine. It’s time to go on a mazey solo run. The further you progress, the quicker things get and the busier and more frantic the levels become.
With dozens of teams to unlock, it’s a familiar game mechanic, yet one that offers enough compulsive gameplay and originality to keep even non-rugby fans telling themselves ‘just one more go’. With one mistake meaning game over, fast fingers and fancy footwork are essential.