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Sailor Moon Puzzle Game
"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!!
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.
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
|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).
The creativity and presentation of the game's critical plot
||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
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
To strike the mental nerve in such a way as to stimulate human thought
|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.
||Genre: Puzzle Game
||To solve: N/A Final Rating: 11/35
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play Sailor Moon Puzzle Game, unzip the file and run "SMPG.EXE".
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