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Pretty good versus puzzle game with fairly confusing rules


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$9.60 / 1,080 JPY | 100pt (10% back)
A shooting puzzle based on a combination of Radio Z*nde and H*llSinker.
GamePuzzleEXEInc. MusicTrial
  • Release: Jul/04/2010
  • DL: 5

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It's quite rare to see versus puzzle games apart from the infamous Puyo Puyo, Puzzle Fighter, and Panel de Pon. Puzzsinker is another "Doujin" game released by Cat's Whisper that have fairly unique mechanics. Color blocks are not falling down like a usual puzzle game, you can swap (x button) and drop (z button) blocks at anytime but the blocks are not normally clear by just matching color. You can connect blocks of the same color and setup combo as big as you want that you can activate the block clearance by drop the blocks with c button, preferably to its matching colors. Only time pressure comes from an attack that drop timed blocks similar to Puzzle Fighter. There are many characters which could be familiar for those who play the original game and every of them have different characteristic ranging from the block appearances to special mechanics. However, like the original, Puzzsinker uses cryptic messages to describe the messages in game which could pull up the learning curve considerably and the fact that manual is in Japanese doesn't help understand the game much apart from guessing the pictures in the manual. It's still a pretty good game with hidden potential for those to whom the rules are understandable.

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Pickup!Ultimate Retro Shmup!


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$12.49 / 1,404 JPY | 130pt (10% back)
More than 30 default characters and 10 hidden characters from CAGE are featured.
  • Release: Oct/06/2009
  • DL: 10

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CAGESTG is the ultimate retro shmup in the style of Star Soldier series and Summer Carnival '9X which contain time-limited score attack mode. English-translated document is weak. The graphics and musics are intentionally made to look and sound like a 8-bit game without any real engine's flaws such as lag and flickering when the sprite count is too high. I could say that the game will not be nostalgic without this feature. The fast-paced score breaking gameplay is where it shines. In Coop Mode, you can control one to four characters at the same time in many different formations. You can also play Coop Short Mission which resembles the three-stages trial version but with more stages to choose. Ghost Mode is basically the time-limited play in which each character create its copy that imitates the previous control upon death or timeout. The Extermination contains 3 or 5 miniutes attack, Vengeance as the survival game, and selectable stages which could be play in Ghost Mode. The gimmick in this game is plenty. Each character has her own features from many retro games such as R-Type's Force and Power meter of gradius. The scoring system in the game is not too complicated and it is cumulative with the total firepower. With over 30 characters and many modes to unlock, the replayability is high enough for the price of this game. Overall, this game is brilliant and could be considered one of the best retro shmup ever!

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