Pokemon meets Tetris and that's fine by me, as I love
Tetris and don't care for Pokemon. by
15, 2006 - Pokemon
Trozei is a Tetris-inspired puzzle game. Although
it features Pokemon characters, they are only used
to establish different tiles, much in the same way
similar games use different shapes or colors. The
fact that the game features Pokemon and uses Pokemon
images in the game will both attract and repel gamers.
Just keep in mind that this game would still play
the same if it featured different characters or shapes
so don't be scared that it's going to suck.
is a lot of fun. I like puzzle games but to tell you
the truth, there are just too many variations of Tetris
and Bust-a-Move on the market and I don't see that
ending anytime soon. There are some very good variations
of these games to be sure, but as a reviewer I have
to play all of the crappy ones as well. I could enjoy
a game like this once every few months, but when I
have to review two similar games a month, it just
becomes a blur. Fortunately the DS has unique features
such as the dual screen and the touch control system
that can give wings to old games. Not all of the developers
make good use of DS but those that do can realize
a great profit by re-releasing an old game and configuring
the control system to exploit the capabilities of
the DS, if not making it seem like a new game it will
at least be refreshed and updated.
makes great use of the dual screen and the touch screen.
It's hard to imagine this game being played any other
way. You are totally immersed in the gameplay which
becomes faster and more frenetic the better you perform.
To resort to the controller would leave one feeling
detached, not to mention there would be the question
of question of speed and accuracy since you may have
to pinpoint a specific tile in a grid that can consist
of 55 tiles. Having to scroll through the grid with
a reticle both horizontally and vertically would be
too time consuming, especially when decisions have
to be made in a split second.
object of the game is to match up identical Pokemon
characters, vertically, horizontally or both, and
make them disappear from your bin. You have to line
up at least four to make a "Trozei," which
is the name for matching up and clearing characters.
You do this by touching the screen on the column or
row that you want to shift.
grid consists of five tiles width-wise and 11 vertical
tiles. The tiles with the characters on them are dropped
from the top and if you can't get rid of the ones
on the bottom fast enough they will all pile up to
the top and you'll lose that level of the game. All
of the characters on the grid will move to the right
or the left, or up and down in the same chronological
order. That means that if you move a row to the right,
the character that was in the last (fifth) grid will
now be in the first grid on the right, and the character
that was in the first grid will now be in the second
grid, and so on down the line.
time that you manage to make a four or five tile Trozei,
you will activate the Trozei Chance mode which allows
you to make links of two or three characters. This
lets you get rid of some of the "junk" you
might have lying around near the bottom of your bin.
This feature will remain active so long as you can
make matches. If you wait too long to make a match
the Trozei Chance mode will be cancelled.
of this game's greatest features is how it's designed
to appeal to a wide range of gamers. You can be a
total beginner or a puzzle-savvy pro. Beginners have
the advantage of moving the tiles around by trial
and error which usually results in clearing a level
although it may take a little more time. Pros can
attempt to make bigger combos by matching five or
more tiles which results in more points. You have
to plan ahead by looking at the board and figuring
things out in your head. This is something that a
beginner would eventually be able to do with lots
of practice. There is plenty of depth here if you
choose to explore it all.
than the Pokemon characters on the tiles, the only
other Pokemon trademark is the "collect-'em-all"
element. Every so often a rare Pokemon that has no
matching tile will appear in your bin. The only way
you can collect it is to match it with the Ditto tile
which is wild. But you have to be in the Trozei Chance
mode to make a two-tile combo. Needless to say this
isn't easy. If you miss it, it will eventually reappear.
Collect-'em-All and you'll unlock some special features.
the game isn't very interesting. The Pokemon characters
are very small and low-res. The sound is a blend of
techno and hip hop that acts as nothing more than
filler. There is no wireless multi-player mode but
you can access the two-player mode with only one copy
of the game. It's a great addition that brings another
dimension to the gameplay. You can also trade data
with other interested players.
Trozei is in my opinion, the best game ever to have
the word "Pokemon" in the title - that,
and the fact that it really doesn't have anything
to do with the traditional Pokemon games.
and line up over 380 Pokemon puzzle pieces to complete
your Trozei list. Battle or cooperate wirelessly
with friends to help uncover rare Pokemon for your
collection. Rescue stolen Pokemon and uncover the
evil plans of the Phobos Battalion in Adventure
mode. Distribute a version of Pokemon Trozei with
limited functions to friends, allowing you to compete
or cooperate with a friend using just one game card.
Adventure mode, you play as Lucy Fleetfoot in an
action-packed mission to save tons of Pokemon from
the evil Phobos Battalion.
Endless Trozei mode, your goal is to challenge your
high score by playing as long as possible. Select
a starting level, then let the Trozei marathon begin.
When the number of remaining Pokemon reaches zero,
you move to the next level.
Trozei Battle, the player whose field has been filled
with Pokemon will lose. If you make numerous Trozeis
during the battle, you can send Pokemon that are
in your Pokemon set to your opponent's field.
goal in Pair Trozei is to challenge the high score
while cooperating with a friend. The more Continuous
Trozeis you make, the easier it is for your partner
to get Trozeis because the number of types of Pokemon
will decrease on their field. Also, Dittos will
drop on your partner's field instead of yours.
storyline in Pokemon Trozei is much deeper than
you'd expect in a puzzle game. The evil Phobos Battalion
has been stealing countless Poke Balls containing
Pokemon and carrying them to their secret bases
using machines called Phobos Mobiles. Playing as
Lucy Fleetfoot, your mission is to rescue the stolen
Pokemon from the Phobos Battalion.
rescue Pokemon, you'll need to use a gadget called
the Trozei Beamer. This device allows you to scan
Poke Balls and then transfer the Pokemon inside
to safety. An accurate lock is required for transfer,
which means that you have to line up Poke Balls
containing identical Pokemon in a straight line.
rescue all of the stolen Pokemon, you'll have to
battle your way through a long series of increasingly
challenging levels and boss battles with Phobos
Trozei is a great new puzzle game. The Pokemon flavor
will definitely appeal to Pokemon fans, but even
if you're not a Pokemon fanatic this game is worth
checking out just for the great puzzle action. The
basic gameplay mechanics are easy to learn, but
the longer you play the more you realize that there
is real depth beneath the deceptively simple exterior.
This is a must-play for any puzzle fan.