Sega Master System / Mark III / Game Gear
The last time I had a Klax-attack was on the Master System, way back in Issue 2. The MS version notched up a highly commendable 81% and the GG conversion looks likely to knock your blocks off, too!
I reckon about 99.9% of us must at some time or another, have played Tetris. Game Gear Klax falls somewhere in the same mould. It’s addictive, challenging and highly frustrating!
Just to put you straight, a klax is a group of three or more tiles of the same colour, placed in a vertical, horizontal or diagonal line.
The game’s played on a sloping conveyor belt. Tiles whizz down the screen and are caught on a paddle at the end of the belt. Use the D-button to move the paddle left and right, down to drop a tile in the bin, up or buttons and to flip tiles back up the screen, if things get a little hectic.
At the start of each round (or ‘wave’), you’re given a task to complete. Preliminary levels are easy: make three klaxs, create three diagonals and so on. From wave 11, though, things get a little tricky. Ever tried producing 15 klaxs when tiles are zooming down the conveyor like Speedy Gonzalez on steroids?) It ain’t easy!
As soon as a klax is manufactured, points are scored and these tiles disappear, leaving room in the bin for more crafty klax-making. If the bin’s full, it’s the end of the game and your Technicolour nightmare starts all over again!
For a harder jaunt, why not turn on the Drop Meter? Now you’re only allowed to miss a certain number of tiles. On early rounds, if three fall to their doom you’ tiling days are over, matey!
Fret not, Klax is still a stonker of a puzzle game on the GG. Fast and furious action all the way!
Graphics are tremendously colourful — you can even change the shading of the tiles if they’re not to your liking. Sound’s nowt to write home about, but then Klax doesn’t rely on cutesy ditties and rip-roarin’ sound FX, it’s gameplay that makes it a winner.
With a nice front end, plenty of options, secret warp modes and continues, Klax tests the most hardened of game freaks. If puzzle games are your thing, or you’re bored to tears with beast-bustin’, monster-mashin’, hack ‘n’ slashin’, Klax is one for your collection. Tengen and Domark are spoiling you Game Gear freaks rotten this month. Take advantage of it and spend ya pennies!
This one enjoyed acres of success on most of the other computer formats and by the looks of the Game Gear version, it’s gonna do damn well here, too! The colourful graphics have lost nothing in the move to the small screen, the controls’re easy to master and the gameplay seems easy but, believe me, Klax brings tears to your eyes through sheer frustration.
Nice one Tengen! Better than tiling the bathroom any day!