Meteos Nintendo DS Review: Is It Worth It?

Meteos Cover

Meteos Nintendo DS Review: Is It Worth It?

Puzzle 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. 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. Meteos is a tile matching video game developed by Q Entertainment for Nintendo DS in 2005. Let’s find out if this game is worth taking a deeper look at.

Meteos Gameplay

Meteos Screenshot
Meteos screenshot.

The 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 match other similar colored tiles. When you make a chain of them, they become a rocket and blast the line above them back into outer space. By creating combos you will create more powerful blasts that will send the tiles flying higher or send more tiles along for the ride.

It’s fast paced 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.

Up to four players can sample the multiplayer 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 multiplayer mode when you just can’t find any friends.

Finders Keepers

Meteos Screenshot
Meteos gameplay.

Power-ups play a large role in the game, especially in the multiplayer 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 you.

All of the tiles that you eliminate are recorded by the CPU which lets you use them to purchase unlockable. There are plenty of neat surprises that you will find. 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 Meteos down for days.

Last Words

Meteos 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.

Meteos 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.

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