fans get ready to make stupid faces and have someone
wipe the drool off of your chin while you enter into
your deep state of concentration - which looks to
others like you're having a stroke.
planet Meteo is flinging deadly meteors across the
galaxy. Armed only with a stylus and your quick wits,
you must align these colored tiles to matches other
similar colored tiles. When you make a chain of them,
they become a rocket and blast the line above them
back into outerspace. By creating combos you will
create more powerful blasts that will send the tiles
flying higher or send more tiles along for the ride.
Sure there are elements of Tetris included here but
Meteos has an original feel to it that makes it seem
that it was developed independently without the influence
of the mad Russian's game.
starters this game wouldn't be the same without the
touch screen. If it weren't for the touch screen I
doubt this game would even exist. It's fast paces
and requires the use of the stylus to quickly select
tiles and move them up and down their respective columns.
Having instant access to each tile is the single most
important aspect of the gameplay. It's almost impossible
to play with the D pad which is offered if you're
some kind of masochist.
can't tell you how great it is to see a game specifically
designed around the touch pad which helps to raise
it out of the realm of novelty.
play a large role in the game, especially in the multi-player
modes where you can smash your challengers tiles to
pieces to prevent them from creating a big combo.
You can also send your eliminated tiles into your
opponents' bins and let them sort through the mess.
Of course this is always in danger of happening to
of the tiles that you eliminate are recorded by the
CPU which lets you use them to purchase unlockables.
There are plenty of neat surprises that you will find.
I won't spoil them for you. As if the gameplay isn't
exciting enough there are so many other goodies to
look forward to that you won't want to put this game
down for days. I was literally dreaming about those
to four players can sample the multi-player aspect
of this game without having to have a separate cartridge.
While it's not as in-depth as the separate cartridge
modes, it's enough to make puzzle fans run out and
get their own copy. There are several different modes
to Meteos including a bot-controlled multi-player
mode when you just can't find any friends. Like when
you have to spend a week or two at Uncle Denny's farm
and you know that he can't even work an alarm clock.
The bots do a good job but they're nothing compared
to human opponents.
has a look and sound that is all its own. Different
planets feature different graphics, aliens and theme
songs. There are more than 30 of these levels. The
music is excellent and the worlds are truly imaginative
without being overly complicated. The gameplay is
incrementally challenging. Each level is just a little
bit more difficult than the last which keeps you always
trying to finish "just one more," before
you put it down.
is a good enough reason to purchase a DS if you're
a true puzzle fan. This is without a doubt one of
the best puzzle games and will certainly be my pick
for best puzzle game of 2005.