|System: PC||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: BestGameEver||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Valve||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Feb. 15, 2008||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
Manning a spaceship, you are restricted to three lanes of some kind of superhighway in which numerous blocks are transported toward you at various speeds and quantities. Colored blocks are to be picked up by the spaceship and matched in groups of threes. Grey blocks are to be avoided. The faster the song, the faster the blocks travel. But even during slower songs, the gameplay may not be as quickly paced, but it is no less intense. There's just more to do. The spaceship will be changing lanes quickly and constantly to gather, sort, and avoid blocks. I found the mouse is great for speed, but the commands are more instantaneous with the keyboard.
The tracks heave, undulate, twist, turn, and rock and roll to the accompanying music. With the potential of using any tunes on any of the various modes, it's possible to never have to play the same game twice for as long as you live. That's a lot of replay value. There are three main difficulty modes including Casual, Pro, and Elite. There are different gameplay modes in each of the difficulty categories including a two-player mode called Double Vision. The basic mode is the mono mode in which there is only one color to worry about. The other blocks are grey and must be avoided. Things get a bit more complex in the Pointman mode when there are five different colored blocks to concern yourself with. Red and yellow blocks are the big ticket items in terms of points.
Other modes include Vegas, Eraser, and Pusher. In each of these modes, you must perform more actions. In the Eraser mode, blocks can be erased which requires less stockpiling. In the Pusher mode, you can push the blocks to either side of the track for storage. These modes, and the subsequent difficulties, are designed to have a gradual curve so that you grow into them. Don't expect to be doing too well in the Elite mode any time soon. That is going to take some practice. Scores can be uploaded on the developers' website so that you can compare your skills with players around the world.
The game is obviously very colorful, with lots of bright, primary colors. The superhighway has a cool, neon, rock and roll vibe to it with lots of flashing lights and fireworks. It doesn't change all that much from game to game, and mode to mode, but there are different spaceships for each of the different modes. The arcade style of gameplay in which the difficulty increases to make new levels more challenging is going to bore the novelty seekers, but hardcores will appreciate the virtually unlimited replay value, the two-player mode, and the online leaderboard. Did I also mention the game is available for less than twenty bucks?
CCC Senior Writer