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  Puzzled - ©SNK 1990

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Game Stats
1 or 2 player

Puzzle Game

22 Megs
Japanese Name:

Joy Joy Kid

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Puzzled (or Joy Joy Kid as it is bizarrely known in Japan) is another game I can remember playing while I was waiting to see a movie at the cinema. I think they had it on a 4 slot MVS, that also had Neo Drift out and a couple of other games on it too (which was really cool). Anyway, I can remember putting lots of money into it and playing this game for about 5 minutes before I lost and then I switched straight back to Neo Drift Out. Suffice to say I was not all that impressed.


It may be unfair to say that this game is not all that good. It is an old game, probably one of the first ever released on the Neo Geo, and it's based on Tetris, and Tetris has to be fun... right?. However, it is another of those games that deserves the catchphrase "If it ain't broke, then don't try to fix it!". Why? Because it adds a couple of extra things to it. For me, the best version of Tetris available is the original on the GameBoy. In fact, it is about the only game I still use on my GameBoy (apart from Zelda), because it is so simple and easy to pick up and play, but it is also very addictive. Unfortunately for Joy Joy Kid, it is nowhere near as addictive for some reason.

I'm sure everyone knows the rules of standard Tetris. In this game, you do the same thing, but you have to get a set number of lines before you move onto the next stage. If you don't do it fast enough, the bricks start to fall faster and faster until they reach the top of the screen, upon which it is game over. You also have bricks that are already on the screen before you start playing, but you can destroy them just the same as any others, apart from certain bricks that you have to get a line next to three or four times to destroy them. Now, that may sound OK, but for some reaason it just takes away from the playability, compared to good old GameBoy Tetris. There is also a two player mode, but unless I am doing something wrong, you are not playing against the second player, as in most puzzle games like this, you are just playing seperate games at the same time. I find that a little stupid.

Graphics & Sound:

The graphics don't really do anything to make you feel better. Fair enough, I know that they aren't going to be brilliant, especially considering their age and the subject matter, but I still found them extremely plain and boring. All the stages seem to look the same and there aren't really any animated backdrops at all. I have seen better Neo Geo games that were from the same year too. Not particularly good. Need I really say that the sound isn't all that good either? Again, it is a very old game, but the sound just gets annoying after a while. My advice is to turn it off and put on a music CD while you play or something!


Overall, I am probably being way too harsh. This game isn't really all that bad, but I just couldn't keep myself interested enough to play the game for more than a few minutes at a time. With most Tetris games, there are no levels, you just keep playing and it gets faster and faster until you die. The fact that you play through different levels on this version interruputs the flow of the gameplay and makes it less addictive... and a non-addictive Tetris game is one which is not worth playing. A game for die hard puzzle game fans only...

Graphics: 3/10
Sound: 4/10
Game play: 5/10
Replay Value: 4/10

Overall Rating: 4/10

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Magical Drop 3
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