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Sailor Moon Puzzle Game
(V Games)


"Punish this puzzle on behalf of the moon!"

Sailor Moon has celebrated much success on both TV and cable in the US and around the world. But now Sailor Moon and her friends must face a new challenge... they're all part of a unique puzzle game in QB! Now they must use their Sailor powers to avert a a powerful time spell from the Negaverse.

To play, you have to form rows of blocks before the timer runs out. Make at least one row and you'll score big points. Mess up and the row of blocks will grow!! As you clear more rows, the game will get faster. So practice your combos to get a high score!!

Graphics (n.)
The use of animation and visual effects to stimulate the senses
For all you Sailor Moon fans out there, you've probably noticed that most of the graphics used in Sailor Moon Puzzle Game come from a wallpaper for a Sailor Moon desktop theme. What was added were the drawings for the blocks and point bonuses in the game, which all add up to a pretty colorful assortment. The game itself looks detailed enough to get three graphics points instead of two, but a necessary point penalty was given to compensate for the fact that the drawings in the game are not original. 
Sound/Music (n.)
The smooth blend of atmospheric sounds and original harmonies
Average. I was pretty upset to find out that the Sailor Moon theme song is absent from this puzzle game. But what you do get from Sailor Moon Puzzle Game are a few PC sound effects that help stimulate the mind during sessions. One sound effect is used whenever you shift the blocks back and forth. But particularly nice is the sound effects included in the game whenever you form multiple row combos.
Gameplay (n.)The precision of control and involvement of character within its universe vv
The game's high point. Sailor Moon Puzzle Game is not a clone of some other puzzle game plastered on top of Sailor Moon. In their typical unorthodox fashion, V Games came up with a unique concept that somehow ties in Serena and the rest of the Inner Sailor Scouts (Venus, Mercury, Mars, and Jupiter).

The object of Sailor Moon Puzzle Game is to clear rows of blocks by positioning blocks of a matching color in a row. But once one row of blocks is formed, it doesn't just disappear. Instead, you wait until a timer runs out before the rows clear; this means you can form multiple rows at the same time (thus adding a sort of "combo" concept to the game).

While the game itself lacks some variation, a few other features were added to edge out the gameplay in Sailor Moon Puzzle game. While playing, you can press "Enter" to automatically put the timer down to the bottom (in case you've formed every considerable combo). Also, the game comes with a speed acceleration feature similar to Tetris (the game gets faster as you clear more rows).

Story (n.)
The creativity and presentation of the game's critical plot
(Very Poor) V Games didn't bother throwing in a story to explain why Sailor Moon and her fellow Sailor Scouts decided to go puzzle gaming. Instead, you're taken straight to the game and you're asked to play. It wouldn't have mattered anyway; it's difficult to earn story points if the characters that revolve around the QB game aren't original. The fact that the main character of this game is Sailor Moon, a popular character on an International level, doesn't help in that regard either.
Replay Value (n.)
The timelessness of the gamer's delight, such that the experience can be repeated again and again
Average. Usually endless puzzle games (unless they're Tetris clones) lose replay value just because the game stops being a challenge. But Sailor Moon Puzzle Game doesn't have that problem because the game gets faster as you pass each level. Also, there are ways to get bonus points just like Tetris; for example, forming four rows before the time runs out will get you a point bonus of 7200 points; using four timers to form four rows will only get you a paltry 800 point bonus.

There's also that practice makes perfect adage that seems to go into the game. While your main goal is making a high score, it's also kind of neat to see how many levels the game can accelerate before you give in. The game can be intimidating at first but once you get into it the replay value in Sailor Moon Puzzle Game picks up.

Challenge (v.)
To strike the mental nerve in such a way as to stimulate human thought and reflexes

Developing your technique will be your main challenge. As you become better in shifting the blocks around to form combinations, your score will gradually become higher and higher, until eventually you max out at a certain point. By then the high score board will be covered with pictures of your favorite Sailor Scout.

My best recommendation for starters is to learn to shift blocks into the corners. If you don't form rows from the corners and work your way in, you'll be developing poor technique that won't get you all the bonus points you can muster before the game becomes too fast to play.

Fun Factor (n.)
The overall entertainment value as maintained throughout the adventure
While the gameplay ideas are original, Sailor Moon Puzzle Game falls short because there aren't enough concepts implemented in the game. Also, V Games didn't take advantage of the "Sailor Moon" part of the game by inventing a story that coincides with the puzzle game, or at least adding a character select feature. The lack of music is also a turndown.

As for the puzzle elements of the game itself, there's just enough difficulty in the game so you have you to keep playing just to beat your high score. The Replay Value isn't at fault here; the game simply lacks that extra magic you get from a more high-calibur QB game like Super Stack.

However, fans of the Sailor Moon series will find something to like about Sailor Moon Puzzle Game. The puzzle concepts stay very true to the cartoon series, and the graphics are vibrant. As for the puzzle game afficionados among you, the gameplay is certainly new to get your brain juices flowing.

Players 1 player Genre: Puzzle Game
Rating To solve: N/A Final Rating: 11/35

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Installation Tips
wTo play Sailor Moon Puzzle Game, unzip the file and run "SMPG.EXE".

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