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Polarium (Nintendo DS)
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- Platform: Nintendo DS
- PEGI Rating: Ages 3 and Over
- Media: Video Game
- Item Quantity: 1
Prepare for brain-busting puzzles and fast-twitch action as you draw lines to flip black and white tiles and make patterns and puzzles disappear! Ready...set...SWITCH! As patterns relentlessly fall from the top screen, draw lines to reverse their polarity and make them disappear. The more you clear, the faster they come...
Use your head! A hundred single-screen puzzles await! Each can be solved by drawing a single line, so take your time and think them through. Not only that, but you can design your own puzzles and send them to a friend via wireless link!
Cross out your pals! Play wireless multiplayer matches against a friend; as you clear lines, they'll appear on your opponent's screen, which is visible to you on the upper screen of your DS. Clear lines with question marks on them to get power-ups that make your lines clear faster, block out your foe's border, reverse his or her tiles and more!
How to progress through the game: Use the stylus to draw lines as you draw lines, tiles will flip from black to white or white to black. Once a horizontal line is all one color, it will disappear. In Challenge Mode, draw lines to clear the board as patterns continuously drop from the upper screen, falling faster and faster through 10 levels of difficulty. In Puzzle mode, solve 100 single-screen puzzles by drawing a single, continuous line to clear the entire board.
Special powers/weapons/moves/features: Play wireless multiplayer matches against a friend, design your own puzzles and send them wirelessly or send a demo version of the game to anyone with a DS!
Way back when the Game Boy first came out, long before Pokemon, Advance Wars and the rest, the formats killer app--the game which people would buy the console to play-- was Tetris. Polarium is clearly Nintendos attempt to offer a similar simple-but-addictive arcade puzzler for the DS, and although its nowhere near the classic that Tetris was, its still a fun little game.
The basic gist is that you have to draw a continuous line on the touch screen to make a grid of blocks swap colour from either black or white. Like all the best puzzle games it sounds simple till you try it and although the idea of inverting the colour of the blocks so that a whole horizontal line disappears sounds easy it soon becomes apparent that it is anything but. The game can only be played with the stylus and at first it seems overly simple. You soon learn some basic strategies though, such as using the block-less border of the screen to take shortcuts, and the whole thing quickly becomes addictive.
There are two basic single player modes, with Challenge constantly introducing new blocks at the top of the screen and Checkmate offering some more complex puzzles without a time limit. Theres also a multiplayer mode and even the chance to beam a ten puzzle version of the game to a friend for them to try out and practise on. It may not look like much but this is yet another high quality puzzler to add to the DSs already burgeoning ranks. -- David Jenkins
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It's very simple to play, there are 2 main modes, first puzzle-
In puzzle mode you have a screen of black and white tiles and you have to move the styus over them to flip them to the opposite colour, you have to make it so that the tiles are in horizontal rows of matching colour with just one continuous line. Doing this gets you onto the next level, there are 100 of these levels in the game and the ability to create your own. Also, you can trade created levels by telling another DS owner the individual password to play your creation. This will help the lifespan as you can check on internet message boards etc, to try other people's levels.
The other mode is a little like Tetris. There are tiles constantly falling down from the top screen and you have to draw lines to flip over the tiles again, but this time you can do as many as you like, but the longer lines score better. Horizontal lines of the same colour disappear and you continue until the the top screen is filled.
It's all very addictive, and also there is wireless multiplay with both single and multi card play, but I haven't tried that out yet because no one around me has a DS yet. You can also send a friend a demo version of Polarium to play on their DS until they turn the power off.
If you enjoy puzzle games, then you won't be dissapointed in this game. It is addictive and a fresh game which makes great use of the double and touch screen and wireless functions of DS.
Dont go for it if you want cutting edge graphics though!
Whilst there is a tetris style unending mode, the main gameplay comes from the static puzzles, where you have to draw a single line to clear all the rows. These can be great fun, but playing for too long will result in you seeing the black and white patterns when you close your eyes! The music doesn't help, and anyone without a wish for a severe headache will turn it off after a few games.
Whilst this game is fun whilst there are still puzzles to do, the unending mode doesn't have the appeal to keep you coming back after they're all gone. My advice would be that if you want good, long lasting puzzle action on the DS, go with Meteos. Despite this, Polarium is still good on its own merit, and worth having even if you can't bear to play it too much.
The object of the game is to clear the board, to do this you must turn all the blocks into the same colour on a horizontal row. The blocks are either black or white, and when flipped change colour (like othello). Various patterns appear and the object is to match horizonal rows, turning them into either a row of black or white, this will clear the row. However you must clear the entire board with one action (in puzzle mode that is). The boards are all square with various sizes, ie 3x3 squares, 4x4 squares etc etc. The entire board is full of blocks apart from the outer rim. You must move the stylus over the sqaures in a pattern, once you click, all of the square you went over will flip, however if you missed something out and not all of the horizontal rows are of one colour, you fail. In simple terms you drag a line over the blocks moving from square to square to create you path, however you cannot go over the same square twice and cannot go back on yourself.
Puzzle game, bores many........people often find them thrilless, too difficult, boring etc etc. Although polarium bases itself around the same principal as many other puzzle games, ie easy to get hooked, and increasing difficult levels, polarium differs slightly because it offers different gameplay (puzzle or challenge), but by using the stylus allows for easy touch screen use and relaxed consentration (if there is such a thing).
Puzzle mode - This is what kept me hooked for some time, although i cleared the 60 levels on the game in a week, it allows people to create their own levels for limitless gameplay!!!
Challenge mode - In challenge mode you have to react quickly to falling blocks, clear the lines as quickly as possible before they reach the top of the screen.
This really is an addictive game, which seems at home on a Nintendo console! Easier to play, difficult to master!
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