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Written: 10.23.06
Acquired: 9.2.06
Status: CIB
Price: $19.82

Publisher: Shogakukan ProductionReleased: 7.21.95
Developer: Atelier DoubleScarcity: 4

This is not your average run-of-
the-mill puzzler. Featuring a
rock paper scissor (RPS) theme,
you can pick from six Ranma
characters; each with their own
strengths and weaknesses

3 pieces, aligned horizontally, descend (you can only switch them horizontally) and to dispense with a piece, you must place its proper destroyer on top. For example, if you have five scissor pieces stacked on top of each other, a rock will dispose of them one by one, dropping each time. The more pieces you clear in one move, the more debris you send over (which come in the form of colored blocks)

Side to side connection has no effect by the way

In addition to RPS pieces dropping, you get the garbage ones mixed in as well. They obviously work differently from RPS. To get rid of these garbage blocks, clear adjacent RPS pieces, or line them in a straight line of the same color

By pressing Y you'll send down the water bucket. This not only takes out whatever piece and its army you decide to drop it on -- but it also curses your opponent, making their attacks not as strong as status quo during this temporary state. Each player starts with 1 to use at their own discretion, and may gain another by filling the bar with cleared pieces. Multiple can be stored

Wash bucket on top of purple block

It takes some getting used to. I came in expecting 2 pieces to fall at a time, a la Puzzle Fighter. The horizontal restriction of the pieces and vertical restriction of the elimination system perplexed me initially, but the more I played the more I liked it. It's a fun little puzzler not to be overlooked, although it appears to be rather hard to find

The chains you can create are astonishing!

You're looking at a 15-hit chain, minimum


I am a puzzle junkie. Ougi Jaanken, like many other puzzle games, has colorful graphics that's easy-going on the eyes. If anything, it gets major points for having a unique system that's different from other puzzle games

If you're looking for a puzzle game that isn't run-of-the-mill, this is worth a look