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Score: 7.0 / 10
Coming up with names for games has got to
be a tough business. Sometimes youíre left with simply mashing words
together and come up with something new. I suppose that could be how
Pieces Interactive, the Swedish developer did it. Take a puzzle game,
combine it with Armageddon Ė the last great battle, and youíll end up
At first, youíre going to think this is
just like any other match three game but once you start playing youíre
going to notice a couple of things that just donít add up. First of all,
youíre going to need to match five pieces instead of three. Secondly,
the controls are very PC-centric, forcing you to use the right mouse
button to unlock the combo instead of say a double-click or something
else you might be more used to. It takes a little while to get used to
using the right mouse button but you need it for
other features of the game anyways so
youíll adjust over time. The game also allows you to play using an Xbox
360 if you have one hooked up to your PC.
This game, at the core, is about survival. Your match board is attached
to one of seven spherical worlds that are all themed and show off the
games good graphics. One thing quite different about this title you will
notice is that you are actually able to move the tiles around,
vertically or horizontally. Itís more like sliding them up and down
because they will wrap around the edges and come back on the other side.
This allows you flexibility and control over which color sets you match
up. This too, is important. Once you have at least five of one color
touching, you can trigger a combo move with the right mouse button. This
will then fill up the meter for that particular color. Red, for example,
is for an attack move.
There are essentially four different meters you can fill. Two are
offensive (attack and disrupt) and the other two are defensive (a defend
and a launch anti-missile). Youíll need to use each wisely in the game
in order to win. When itís a sudden death match round for example (after
a tie) you are going to want to go for the attack right away but in a
regular mode you might want to invest more in defensive manoeuvres first
before attacking and wasting your initial combos.
This new element of attacking opponents blends quite well with the
puzzle genre, adding both a tense feeling and that extra element of
strategy. You can play against the computer or online, although you may
not find another six players to play at any one given moment. This of
course, can vary depending on a number of factors. The computer bots are
still quite satisfactory to play.
In the end I applaud this game for trying something different. It works,
thatís for sure and you can see great potential in what has been done
here. I did find myself at times just wanting to play a more traditional
puzzle game as I went along and it would have nice to include that as a
basic gameplay mode. I also didnít feel that addictiveness to some
puzzle games that I have seen, but your mileage may vary.
Overall, Puzzlegeddon is a competent puzzle game with some innovative
twists. Just try the free trial so youíll know whether itís going to get
itís brawling hooks into you. After all, itís war out there.
- Syd Bolton
(April 6, 2009)
Syd Bolton surrounds himself in classic
games at the Personal Computer Museum (www.pcmuseum.ca)
in Brantford, Ontario, Canada.