Written: 12.12.06 Acquired: 9.2.06 Status: Cart only Price: $9
Publisher: Culture Brain
Developer: Culture Brain
Oooh, how ominous...
Oooh, how peaceful...
Ooooh... er, what the hell's going on?!
Culture Brain released 3 SFC Nintama platformers and along the way had this puzzle spinoff. Thanks to its interesting concepts, it's pretty ace
Two pieces descend at a time. When you press R, you SEPARATE the two pieces!
Matching 3 (or more) is again the name of the game. But the beauty is, there's a plethora of ways to do so. You may connect any 3 like-symbols, EVEN if the colors are different
Like-symbols, different colors, it's all good in the hood
Or you can match 3 like-colors, EVEN if the symbols are different
Or if you have 3 like-colors AND like-symbols, you can forego the vertical/horizontal restrictions
Merely touching does the trick in this case!
These quirks collectively expand the combinations ten-fold. The modes you'd expect to be there are. You can also select from 1 of six characters
The VS CPU mode is peculiar in that both wells START with many rows already filled! You don't see that often in puzzle games, that's for dang sure
Overall, Nintama is a solid puzzle game with some unique gameplay elements. Like Kunio no Oden this game just has that right feel. A nice take on the genre, separating pieces is a crazy gimmick and the graphics are bright, simple and charming. Puzzle fans, be sure to track down a copy!