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Puzzle games

Post by thl » Sat Dec 02, 2006 7:10 pm

Tetris is among those puzzle games that gained that popularity in the late 80s. I first saw the screenshots for it in several magazines. I remember it being part of the Gameboy package that came as a free game with headphone, cable link and 4x AA batteries. And surprisingly I actually got it as my birthday present in 1993. :o :) :D

I remember the game for the theme tune which was very catchy and well composed. But best of all the gameplay was extremely addictive that you'll be playing this game for ages. Also both Mario and Luigi both appear as special guset when you link up two Gameboys and play against each other.

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Post by MikeHaggar » Sat Dec 02, 2006 10:37 pm

I'll mention the Mario's Picross games then, yet another good puzzle game on the GB, and later SNES.

And there's a Picross game coming out on the DS next year. Will hopefully fit perfectly with the touch controls ;)

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Post by merman » Sun Dec 03, 2006 4:57 am

Polarium and Meteos are excellent on the DS, got both recently for a bargain price.

I'm also a big fan of LOOPZ, a classic retro puzzler on 8 and 16 bit (and appeared on the Atari Lynx as a homebrew title). It's a cross between Pipemania and Tetris, there are three different game modes and some excellent background music.
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Post by BennyTheGreek » Sun Dec 03, 2006 8:09 am

Its Mr Pants on the SP is easily the best puzzle game I have ever played.

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Post by GetDexter » Sun Dec 03, 2006 8:24 am

MR DRILLER!!!

Fantastic on the DS, just as good on MAME (Mr Driller 2 isn't working on my version 1.06 of Mame. Does it work on later versions? I have the rom...)
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Post by Sureshot » Sun Dec 03, 2006 8:29 am

Super Puzzle Fighter 2 Turbo is arguably the best head-to-head puzzler you can play. In the old place I worked in we played for about 3 years against each other and anyone else who dared challenge.

Despite looking fairly standard (apart from the minature SF characters duking it out in the middle) there's more strategy to it than you might initially think, such as knowing how and when to set off your pieces for the maximum effect, working out the best way to tackle different drop patterns and learning the various tricks of the game. For instance, knowing that your crystal is going to come every 25 pieces, or that comboing gems together rather than chaining them gives greater dividend are some essential pieces of knowledge in your battles.

Unfortunately, in our place the competition ended when I beat my old boss 10 times in a row, after which the disk was snapped and the game never played within those walls again (albeit only when he was around :wink: ).

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Post by Hungry Horace » Sun Dec 03, 2006 9:05 am

Game Boy Tetris was monochrome crack. For years, every Christmas, my friend and I would link up our Game Boys, listen to bad Christmas pop songs, and spend hours in Tetris contests. Fall off the wall, censored, I win! Apart from Amiga Sensi Soccer and Speedball 2, few two-player experiences have ever matched that.

As for Tetris, my other favourite version was actually a freebie on an Amiga magazine cover floppy called Tetris Pro. Whilst the basic game was...well...Tetris, the progressive challenges it set, and the simply beautiful piano music, made it a more relaxing and compelling experience than the Game Boy version.

After that, I thought that I was perhaps safe from the time-consuming obsession of puzzle games. And I was, for about three years. Then, when I was at university, a friend purchased a PlayStation with part of his student loan. One of the games that came with it was Bust a Move. You can guess the rest, I am sure...
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Post by thl » Sun Dec 03, 2006 9:11 am

GetDexter wrote:MR DRILLER!!!
I did play that game on the Gameboy Advance, in which was the Japanese import.

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Post by will2097 » Sun Dec 03, 2006 9:20 am

The 3DO had more puzzle games than was sensible. Of note, there was Warps Trip D (and its sequels), Bust-a-move which I love and a game staring Crayon Shin Chan, a still much loved Japanese cartoon character, he still endorses a packet of my favourite rice sprinkles. So there! There was also Taiketsu Rooms! Which was Bomberman meets Waterworld.

But for me there was only one puzzle game for me during the early 90s: Pang.

I actually avoid it like the plague if I do happen to stumble across it these days, I'll loose 3 hours and not notice. It's like digital heroin.

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Post by thl » Sun Dec 03, 2006 9:29 am

Sureshot wrote:Super Puzzle Fighter 2 Turbo is arguably the best head-to-head puzzler you can play. In the old place I worked in we played for about 3 years against each other and anyone else who dared challenge.
This is one of my favourite puzzle game that I've ever play. I just love playing it with my brothers and sisters, who sometime wants to challenge me during the spare time. :D
Sureshot wrote:Despite looking fairly standard (apart from the minature SF characters duking it out in the middle) there's more strategy to it than you might initially think, such as knowing how and when to set off your pieces for the maximum effect, working out the best way to tackle different drop patterns and learning the various tricks of the game. For instance, knowing that your crystal is going to come every 25 pieces, or that comboing gems together rather than chaining them gives greater dividend are some essential pieces of knowledge in your battles.
Combining as many blocks of the same colour was such a great idea to have. When you're going to pull off devastating attack on your opponent, it's best to stay positive with your own tactic and keep each set of blocks in a good balance. The crystal are always the best weapon to use even though you have to wait for it to come on the screen. :wink:

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Post by thl » Sun Dec 03, 2006 9:45 am

Hungry Horace wrote:As for Tetris, my other favourite version was actually a freebie on an Amiga magazine cover floppy called Tetris Pro. Whilst the basic game was...well...Tetris, the progressive challenges it set, and the simply beautiful piano music, made it a more relaxing and compelling experience than the Game Boy version.
There's been so many sequels to this game, in which is made in several variant version. Here's the link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tetris_variants
Hungry Horace wrote:After that, I thought that I was perhaps safe from the time-consuming obsession of puzzle games. And I was, for about three years. Then, when I was at university, a friend purchased a PlayStation with part of his student loan. One of the games that came with it was Bust a Move. You can guess the rest, I am sure...
Bust-A-Move (aka Puzzle Bobble) is another classic puzzle game to play by Taito.
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Post by Antiriad2097 » Sun Dec 03, 2006 9:56 am

Are Pang and Mr Driller really puzzle games? I'd put them firmly in the 'action' camp myself. Pang is more like a shmup than anything, with particular similarities to Asteroids.

So if we're going down that route, I'll propose the Dreamcast's Musapey's Choco Marker. Lovely little game with lots of playability.

Going retro, I'll plump for Mastertronic's Locomotion on the Speccy.
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Post by Morkin » Sun Dec 03, 2006 11:30 am

Ah, puzzle games, my secret vice. My collection now stands at 112. :oops: I'm loving Polarium Advance at the moment, but I recently got Gunpey for the DS which is also getting played quite frequently, although those jagged lines make my eyes go funny after a while.

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Post by muse hunter » Sun Dec 03, 2006 12:55 pm

puzzle bobble/ bust a move, noonet, greatest puzzle games ever! Hardly a week goes by without me having a blast at puzzle bobble on the MVS cab
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Post by roberthazelby » Sun Dec 03, 2006 3:00 pm

Antiriad2097 wrote:Are Pang and Mr Driller really puzzle games? I'd put them firmly in the 'action' camp myself. Pang is more like a shmup than anything, with particular similarities to Asteroids.
I was thinking this myself. These two are in no way puzzle games - pure arcade action all the way.

On the subject of puzzle games, I can recommend the Amiga version of 'Puzznic' - a lovely block sliding puzzler, with some cracking music and a nice difficulty curve.

Just don't touch the arcade version - crap audio, and some horribly bad digitised porn. Nasty!
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