Mr. Pants is a quirky, fun, Tetris-based puzzles game
that captures the pith of irreverent British humor.
I wouldn't flinch if I found out that members of Monty
Python's Flying Circus were behind this game.
is a British development company. At times you can
see their ephemeral mascot Mr. Pants on their website.
He's a dapper looking idiot with a bowler hat, moustache
and bright red underwear. That's what we British call
pants. Mr. Pants is also a very crudely drawn character.
He's appears as though he's just walked off of a grade-one
drawing which was fastened to an icebox door with
a magnet. It's this kind of strange, unsophisticated
art that helps make Mr. Pants a unique experience.
to wring out another Tetris-based game that doesn't
remind one of Tetris is like trying to write a fresh-sounding,
three-chord country song. Somehow Rare has managed
to do that. Despite the intentionally awful looking
graphics, this is one heck of a deep game. Puzzle
fans will certainly enjoy the challenge and even though
there is no multi-player mode, the different modes
and unlockables are guaranteed to extend the replay
premise of the game is to clear the field of shapes.
Different shapes of various colors enter into onto
the playfield and must be arranged so as to form squares
or rectangles. You can place them anywhere on the
grid except over blocks of the same color. You can
place them on top of different colored blocks if you're
in a bind. When you make a block of three by two,
they will disappear. Combos can be made for more points
and there's even a way of cutting large blocks in
can be called to give you a hand but he can only be
used once. He will place the block where he wants
it and you'll have to continue the game based on his
idea. It can be frustrating especially since he can't
help you out of a bind that he seemingly created.
mode gives you two minutes to clear the field. Marathon
mode lets you try to rack up the most points within
five minutes. You can store the high score. The field
gets smaller as the crayon snake begins to scribble
around the perimeter heading towards the center. You
will send it back each time you make some tiles disappear
but if it reaches the center, the game is over.
It's Mr. Pants has terrible graphics, but they really
add character to the game. The layout is unaffected
and it's very easy to make everything out. The underwear
gag isn't hilarious but it's silly enough to raise
a few eyebrows. It's great to hear Mr. Pants yell
at the beginning of the game and he hums the theme
song throughout the game driving you nuts in a fun
took some chances with this game but they've got enough
experience to know that a good game with a fun atmosphere
is a winner. Perhaps we can look forward to a sequel
such as It's Miss Bra and Knickers.