Two of my favorite action puzzlers are on the Super Nintendo: Tetris Attack and Zoop. Both are dynamic, fun, and easy to pick up and play for gamers of all ages. You can get acompletecopyofTetrisAttack for around $20 ($10 cartridge only) and a complete copy of Zoop for approximately $12 ($4 cartridge only). A bargain to be sure, as these games will keep you busy for hours and hours.
Produced by Gunpei Yokoi, the chief architect of the Game Boy, Tetris Attack deviates significantly from the falling block gameplay mechanic estab- lished by the original Tetris and copied by countless sequels and rip-offs. The game features colorful square panels – with a star, heart, diamond, or other such design – that rise from the bottom of the screen. Players quickly zip a cursor around the playfield, rearranging the panels two at a time with the goal of aligning three or more identical colors in a row, effectively eliminating them from the screen. While you can only switch the panels horizontally, the identical panels matched up horizontally or vertically will be erased. Combos and chain reactions reap an assortment of rewards, such as bonus points and the encumbering of your opponent’s playfield with garbage blocks.
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