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JadeDragon's reviews and playing tips: Sharp Zaurus Linux games

Puzz-le, by Walter Rawdanik, $9.95 (called Enigma on the Pocket PC)
Reviewed August 2002

Puzz-le is based on the Vexed game with a new graphic game interface. If you want to know more about Vexed, read our review here. Puzz-le has the same kind of game play, but with different bells and whistles and style. Developed by Walter Rawdanik for the Zaurus, Puzz-le offers 450 challenging levels in 10 different puzzle packs.

The objective of the game is very simple: match multiple similar pieces to make them disappear. You clear the level when all the pieces are gone. The concept is easy, but the game is very challenging. Inherited from Vexed, Puzz-le picked the 10 most popular action packs for this Linux edition. Children’s Pack is very easy for children to play, Classic and Classic II are for the Vexed vets, Confusion Pack is hard and tricky, Panic Pack and Impossible Pack will require a lot of thinking, Twister Pack has some twists and the Variety Packs have levels range from easy to hard. The elevator and breakable brick elements add some interesting twist to the game play.

While I liked the puzzle pack selection in Puzz-le, I was delighted by the new styles of puzzle pieces in this game. There are three graphic sets: gems, flags and letters as well as some nice animations when the pieces disappear, and fireworks at level end. The in-game shortcuts give you quick access to Abort, Pause and Restart the level. The game also lets you customize the puzzle to fit your level and your taste by giving you 5 game speeds, enable/disable time/move limit, a choice of puzzle piece styles along with 10 puzzle packs. The game also comes with an instruction file as well as sample levels that you can watch computer play.

Puzz-le is the only Vexed type of game I could find on the Zaurus, but it’s not the only reason I like it. The good selection of the classic puzzle pack, creative puzzle piece design with easy to use interface and flexible game settings make Puzz-le a great choice for both adults and children. There are some really cute sound effects as well.

Playing Hints and Tips

If you are new to the game of Vexed, watch the demo game comes with the game. It will give you an idea how to play.

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Ratings (scale of 1 to 5):

Graphics Pretty background and creative puzzle piece design, cool animation too.
Sound Very cool sound effects for the puzzle piece movement. How about some cheering at the end of a level along with the fireworks?
Fun Meter If you are a Vexed fan, this is a must have game.
Addictivity With 10 puzzle packs and 450 levels, you will be staring at this game for a long time


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