The mere mention of a puzzle game usually has arcade freaks turning to the next page. If there are no aliens to blast or end-of-
All that could be about to change with the release of Logical from Rainbow Arts, the team who brought you Curse of Ra - remember?
This new game requires a combination of fast reactions and a little brain power and should appeal to just about everyone, even little Jonnhy next door who's obsessed with playing John Madden American Football on is Mega drive.
The basic concept, as with all the best puzzle games, its very simple and can be picked up in minutes. All you have to do is manoeuvre the marbles through the various receptacles until you have filled each one with four balls of the same colour.
Sounds simple so far doesn't it? Well there's a bit more to it than that. The receptacles are connected by channels all over the screen along which you can pass the marbles. Each one can be rotated through 90 degree angles so that marbles can be collected and despatched through the channels. And just to make things a little more difficult, it is timed.
Still sounds simple? Well that's all there is to the first few levels, but just when you're getting used to it and thinking you're really hot a few elements are thrown in to make you to stop in your tracks.
Little things like colour stoppers that will only allow marbles of a certain colour through and colour changers that will let any marble through but change its hue on the way.
And how about the traffic lights which mean that you have to fill the receptacles in a certain order before you can progress with the game?
If all that isn't enough there are also one-way channels and colour handicaps and forecasts to contend with, but if I told you about everything it wouldn't be any fun would it? There are 99 levels to play through and a password system has been included so that you can avoid all those easy levels you have done before. And believe me, when you get up to the higher levels you will need all of your time to concentrate on those tricky traps instead of messing about with the easy stuff.
When you have completed all 99 levels (some chance!) you receive a password that enables you to enter the level construction kit where you can devise your own devious levels. You can save your creations on disk to amaze and confuse your friends with later.
Logical may have you bashing your mouse in frustration but it will also have you coming back for more - a lot more!