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Puzzle Games - Page 1


Antrun    Soleau Software,  1996
Rating: 4 1/2 stars  Shareware  [ Screenshot ]
Antrun is a great puzzle game. It's an adaption of the popular pipe-laying genre ... in this case, the task is to keep an ant running through tunnels as long as possible. You can rotate the tunnel pieces to try to keep him going. It's addicting! I was playing for about 20 minutes before I realized that I'd intended just to get a quick screenshot and write this review! :)
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Ants    Michael Hughes,  2002
Rating: 3 stars  Freeware  [ Screenshot ]
In this puzzle game, the object is to clear a safe path to lead four "princesses" (other ants) to safety. The gameplay involves moving around objects, using items like keys and bombs and bridges, and other normal puzzle-game style things. :) There's several different enimies to contend with as well (other insects). The graphics are not great, but fans of puzzle games will probably enjoy this game, though there are only 25 levels.
[Download] Click here to download Ants (344k)

ARGH    David Howorth,  1989
Rating: 2 1/2 stars  Freeware  [ Screenshot ]
As its name implies, I found this game quite frustrating at times ... however, if you enjoy 'slider' puzzles (where one block in a square is missing, and you slide blocks around in an attempt to make a picture) you'll probably enjoy this game. Plus, the zipfile is extremely small in size.
[Download] Click here to download ARGH (14k)

Ariva    Wizard Systems Software,  1992
Rating: 3 stars  Shareware  [ Screenshot ]
Ariva is a game that is rather difficult to describe. The object is to maneuver to the exit, avoiding the various obstructions on each randomly generated level. The trick is that you can only move in straight lines. (See the screenshot to kind of see what I mean.) It's a laid-back and mildly entertaining puzzle game, and randomly generated levels means you'll have a unique challenge each time you play, although the presentation is bare-bones and thus not tremendously engaging.
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BIPS    Bryant Brownell,  2001
Rating: 2 1/2 stars  Shareware  [ Screenshot ]
BIPS is a puzzle game that is quite similar to the classic Cyberbox series of games. The object here is to collect all of the gems on each of the many levels by pushing blocks out of the way and avoiding other obstacles. Although the graphics are less than spectacular and there's no sound effects to speak of, if you enjoy puzzle games you might enjoy this game. (Note: Read the readme.txt file for playing info; make sure both CAPS LOCK and NUM LOCK are off while playing.)
[Download] Click here to download BIPS (74k)

Block Man II    Soleau Software,  1995
Rating: 3 1/2 stars  Freeware  [ Screenshot ]
Block Man 2 is a slightly strange but fun puzzle game from Soleau Software, makers of dozens of classic puzzle type DOS games (and now Windows games too). In Block Man II, the object is to direct your block-carrying character around the various puzzle rooms using your mouse, stacking and jumping on the blocks until you're able to reach the exit. Controlling all the action with only the mouse takes a bit of getting used to but generally works well. Fun for puzzle game fans, if you're able to look past the oddly plain looking graphics and unique control scheme.
[Download] Click here to download Block Man 2 (220k)

Block-O-Mania    Cassiopeia,  1989
Rating: 4 stars  Shareware  [ Screenshot ]
Block-O-Mania is a fairly generic pushing-block game similar to the PC classic Soko-Ban, the Gameboy series of Boxxle games, or any one of many other popular derivatives. This game is a good one for ardent puzzle fans since the difficultly level of the game becomes high rather quickly. Don't look for impressive graphics or sound effects here; the focus is entirely a mental, non-adrenaline experience. There is also a level editor to create your own simple levels. (Note: The developer originally included some bonus games in the archive, these have been removed to reduce download size.)
[Download] Click here to download Block-o-Mania (389k)

Blocks    B. Poli,  2002
Rating: 2 1/2 stars  Freeware  [ Screenshot ]
This game is virtually identical to the popular online game Collapse (or any of the many other similar games). The object is to click on groups of three or more colored blocks. When clicked, groups of blocks disappear, and any blocks on top of those fall down to take the place of the ones that disappeared. A fun game for a brief time, but I can't see anyone playing a lot unless they're a big fan of this kind of game. (Note: The game is written in French but it's pretty easy to figure out what to do, look at blocks.diz for instructions if you need help in English. You have to use a mouse to play this game!)
[Download] Click here to download Blocks (64k)

Bob the Hamster    Hamster Republic,  1994
Rating: 3 stars  GPL  [ Screenshot ]
Clearly inspired by classic arcade games like "Mr. Do!" and "Dig Dug", Bob the Hamster is a decent remake that captures the fun of these old arcade games. The graphics and sounds are decent enough, and the game plays well, although sometimes the intelligence of the enemies isn't too impressive. (This game was recently GPL'd and is available in DOS, Windows and Linux versions.)
[Download] Click here to download Bob the Hamster (580k)
Click here to download the Windows & Linux ports! (The main download link is the original DOS version.)

Bolo Ball    William Soleau,  1992
Rating: 3 stars  Shareware  [ Screenshot ]
Bolo Ball is a simple but interesting strategy game intended for one player vs the computer or multiple players taking turns at the keyboard. The object is to strategically choose which of your 29 balls to push down the playing field. The farther your ball bounces down, the more points you get. As the playing field changes during the game, your decisions may become less obvious. It's a fun and fairly unique little game, with the usual Soleau style EGA graphics and basic PC speaker sound effects.
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Boppin    Accursed Toys,  1994
Rating: 3 1/2 stars  Shareware  [ Screenshot ]
Developed externally of Apogee (by "Accursed Toys") this game is a bit different from other Apogee games. For some reason it contains a prominent "adults only" warning but I didn't find much, if anything, in the game to be objectionable, however viewer discretion is advised. In the game, all of the other video game villians have become trapped in jewelstones; the gameplay consists of picking up jewels of various colors and matching them up to eliminate them from the playing field, freeing the baddies. (Apparently the games were too boring without the evildoers!) A unique and interesting puzzle game. Note: The download link below goes to the author's homepage, where you can download the full version with a Windows based installer.
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Bounce    Mercetron,  2000
Rating: 3 1/2 stars  Freeware  [ Screenshot ]
The object of the plainly titled Bounce is to collect all of the gems on a particular level and then make it to the exit before time runs out. The game is very colorful and while the controls take a little while to get used to they are very responsive during the game. The difficultly level is rather high, and here, unlike many puzzle game, you'll need quick reflexes to get through the many levels.
[Download] Click here to download Bounce (154k)

Brix    Epic Megagames,  1993
Rating: 3 1/2 stars  Shareware  [ Screenshot ]
This is a game where you match blocks together to clear them from the playing field. It's an interesting concept, and lots of puzzles are included. As usual, VGA graphics and SB sound effects. A creation of Epic that isn't extremely well known.
[Download] Click here to download Brix (311k)

Clone    Silphid Creations,  1997
Rating: 3 1/2 stars  Freeware  [ Screenshot ]
The name of this game doesn't reflect that it is simply a copy of another game. In fact, it is a reference to the unique feature (gimmick?) of this game. It is a normal puzzle game in the sense that the object is to reach the exit to each level by pushing blocks, collecting keys, etc. The difference here is that there are two "player" characters, whom you move at the same time, who both must reach the exit. This game features quality production values and with it's neat gimmick, ensures lots of fun for puzzle fans.
[Download] Click here to download Clone (3,789k)

Cochese    Mark Mengelt,  1994
Rating: 3 stars  Freeware  [ Screenshot ]
A pushing puzzle game, where you must collect various "bad" things (drugs, needles, etc.) and get to the exit within a certain number of moves. The graphics are fairly average MCGA fare, and there's no sound effects, but it could be enjoyable nonetheless. (Note: The game has a strong anti-drug message.)
[Download] Click here to download Cochese (112k)

Crusher Castle 2    Soleau Software,  1995
Rating: 3 1/2 stars  Shareware  [ Screenshot ]
Crusher Castle is sort of like an epic puzzle game. Each screen is randomly generated, and made up of blocks (which can be pushed or blown up), ghosts and powerup items. In each game, there are many randomly generated screens which are all linked. The object is to collect enough treasure, then make it to the exit before being kiled by ghosts. A cool game with some innovative ideas, but the touchy play control annoyed me a bit.
[Download] Click here to download Crusher Castle 2 (138k)

Cyberbox    Edward D. Collins,  1999
Rating: 3 stars  Freeware  [ Screenshot ]
CyberBox is a game where you push around boxes to try to get to the exit. Despite it's somewhat lacking graphics, it is innovative because of the many different types of boxes and the many different puzzle areas. It's also fairly easy to configure, so you can tailor it to your own tastes. (Note: The full title of this game is "The Continuing Adventures of Cyberbox", and it is a remake of the original game by Doug Beeferman. Visit his site to download the original, and its sequel, Cyberbox2!)
[Download] Click here to download Cyberbox (196k)

Cyberbox 2    Doug Beeferman,  1992
Rating: 3 stars  Shareware  [ Screenshot ]
If you enjoyed the original Cyberbox puzzle game, you will probably also enjoy Cyberbox 2. The sequel features the same sort of puzzles that made the original popular. In fact, it features LOTS more puzzles. :) The action involves sliding boxes of different types in order to complete the level's objectives. The graphics/sounds of course are extremely outdated but for puzzle fans this might still be a fun diversion.
[Download] Click here to download Cyberbox 2 (57k)

Dedale    Unknown / Anonymous,  1986
Rating: 2 stars  Freeware  [ Screenshot ]
The most simplistic maze game you're likely to find. The object is to guide your player to the exit of randomly generated mazes. That's it, no fancy powerups, enemies, etc. Just basic graphics and PC speaker sound effects. Nothing special or exiciting but it does work, the executable file is only 29k in size, and might be appropriate for young children. (Note: If anyone knows who made this game, please let me know!)
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