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Reviewed: Sega Smash Pack, Sega Puzzle Pack
Publisher: Sega
Developer: Sega
Genre Type:Mixed
Required System: P133, 16MB, Win95+, SVGA (256 color)
Reviewer's System: K6-3 450mHz, 128MB, Riva 128ZX video, Win98
Related Games: Sonic CD, Sonic&Garfield Collection, Sonic 3 & Knuckles
Overall Rating:Sega Smash Pack:
Sega Puzzle Pack:
Author: Michael Ahlf       Date: August 31th 1999
Page: 3
Sega Puzzle Pack:

Sega's Puzzle Pack, unlike the Smash Pack, only carries three games. More care seems to have been taken on one of these three, however: the description of each (all of them puzzle games, as the title indicates) will reflect this.

Lose Your Marbles:

  • Lose Your Marbles is a unique game: players move their rows of marbles around making lines of 3,4,5, etc... in order to get rid of their marbles and add marbles to their opponents' board. The game is in higher resolution, and plays quite nicely, with the controls being easily manageable and quick to react. The only two problems the game had, however, hit hard. First was the AI, which on the earlier levels made some DREADFUL mistakes. Secondly, with my gamepad, the calibration had a tendency to come out, makng random moves begin to happen.

  • Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine:

  • A crazy puzzle game, Bean Machine doesn't have the same pull to it that Marbles does. First off, the idea is kind of boring... drop down colored beans, two at a time, and get linkups of 4 or more. The game itself runs as the Smash Pack did, meaning the graphics are pixelated. While the controls don't suffer, the game itself just doesn't have the pull for an older player, though younger players may find it to their liking. A good game to keep the little ones occupied and having fun.

  • Columns III:

  • Columns III also uses the Smash Pack's interface, leaving its graphics lacking. The gameplay is a bit better --having three blocks, and having to plan ahead 5 or 6 moves will appeal to the more advanced players. This is a game which is worth sitting down to occasionally, but not spending a ton of time on as it gets old pretty fast, with a limited amount of variations to the gameplay.

  • The Larger Picture:

  • Puzzle Pack, unfortunately, won't win any awards for its play. It feels like an incomplete setup: not only does each game install individually, one of the games is MUCH more up to date. The flaws found in the Smash Pack go for two of the three games here as well. A much better approach would have been to upgrade the two games as well, to add some balance.

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    Added:  Tuesday, August 31, 1999
    Reviewer:  Michael Ahlf
    Page: 3/4

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