Puzznic Taito 1990 38 percent (Uncommon)

"It's like the best puzzle game ever, but times two!"

As usual, I'll start this off with a little story:

One day, a friend of mine got a regular NES with a decent sized collection of games (about 30 if I remember correctly). Anyhoo, he decided he didn't like a few of them, and sold me three games for 4 bucks, this game being one of them. To this day I still look at him kind of odd for letting such an excellent game go for such a low price.

Graphics: 8/10 I never held graphics in high esteem, and as for the visuals of this game, they're pretty much what you'd expect from a NES game. Colorful, but nothing ground breaking.

Sound: 8/10 The sound's pretty standard for a puzzle game. The soundtrack, however limited it may be in variety, is simply awesome! The puzzle music is trippy, and the 'panic' music you hear when you're running out of time on a puzzle is . . . unique, and it gets the job done.

Gameplay: 10/10 (If this was the only puzzle game I ever owned, I'd be no less excited for it.) First of all, there's not one game, but two. The object of both games is to get rid of the boxes by eliminating them via grouping them together in pairs or groups. Puzzinc requires you to slide them left and right amidst varied layouts to group them together, and Gravnic (I'm not sure if that's the right spelling) has four arrows that you press to move all of the boxes at the same time over the board in the direction of your choosing. Of course, given the age of the game, the layout of the game is rather simple compared to today's. However, the puzzles themselves are challenging, and there are a lot of them. Despite the way that the puzzles are presented, what you'll find in this game is more challenging than most puzzle games you'll find today.

Replay Value: 9/10 Even if you know how to solve the puzzles, it's not as simple as just pulling it off without a second thought. There's moving platforms and whatnot you have to work around in Puzznic, so a good deal of timing is required to get anywhere in this game. In Gravnic, instead of working against the clock, you have a limited number of moves, and I'm pretty sure it's beyond the normal human mind to remember every move for every puzzle.

All in all, this is without a doubt the best puzzle game(s) I've ever played. If you ever get the chance to own a copy, by all means do so. You won't regret it. Unless you don't like puzzle games of course.

Reviewer's Score: 9/10

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  • Model: Nintendo NES
  • Shipping Weight: 2lbs
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This product was added to our catalog on Saturday 25 June, 2011.

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