DS gets a little more puzzling this June. by
16, 2006 - For
those that can't get enough puzzles in their life,
Nintendo is upping the ante this year with an invasion
of arcade-style puzzle games. Magnetica is one such
game. Known as Puzz Loop in the arcades, and available
in several different versions for free online, Magnetica
on the DS offers many more features including the
touch screen control system and the portability factor.
Let's see your PC do that.
Magnetica, marbles roll down a twisted spiral path
toward the goal and players must stop them. When new
marbles appear in the launcher, grab them with the
stylus and fire them into the oncoming ones. If players
match three or more of the same color, they will disappear.
And since like colors attract one another, players
can eliminate one color and cause others to crash
into each other, forming massive chains of marble
connect marbles of the same color to eliminate them
before they reach the end of the line. While game-play
simplicity is the key to Magnetica - all actions are
controlled with a flick of the stylus - skilled players
will be able to form massive chains and use special
items to rack up points.
powers/weapons/moves/features: In single-player modes,
players can find items that will increase their score,
slow or stop time, or reverse the course of the marbles.
In Versus mode, players get access to an arsenal of
weaponry with which to annoy their opponent: Ion Clouds
(which create smoke screens), Recoils (which block
marbles), Black Holes (which suck up launched marbles)
and Gravitons (which alter the path of launched marbles.)
different single-player modes will keep players' styluses
busy. Challenge mode features 99 levels on four difficulty
settings, while Quest mode offers many different missions.
Or forgo the timer and take on Puzzle mode, where
players must eliminate all marbles on the screen with
a limited supply of their own. Obstacles like wind,
water, switches and multiple launchers add to the
prove their skills in Versus mode, where two people
compete over a local wireless connection using either
one or two game cards to see who is the Magnetica
master. (Game options are the same using one or two
can expect to see Magnetica released in early June,