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Clockwiser

From the Database of Home of the Underdogs

GAME DESIGNER:Reinier von Viet

GAME DEVELOPER:Team Hoi

GAME PUBLISHER:Rasputin

Copyright 1994, Team Hoi

Clockwiser is a good PC conversion of an interesting match-the-picture game by Team Hoi, one of Amiga’s most underrated publishers. Your objective is to move various elements (these include bricks, bombs, transporter unit, self-generating diamonds and so on) around the left hand side of the screen to match them to what you see on the right hand side. You do this by turning thing clockwise or counter-clockwise, as the title implies. This has to be done within a limited time period, and naturally higher levels are much more difficult than the first few.

The challenge in Clockwiser lies in figuring out the correct order of moves, since each element has its own unique characteristics. Gravity blocks, for example, react to gravity: they drop down if there is no support underneath. They can be moved or blasted away by bombs. Metallic blocks, on the other hands, can neither be moved nor destroyed. Diamonds can be moved and destroyed, but will self-generate if they are dropped. Last but not least, you can use the Transporter Pods to transfer blocks, i.e. things dropped into one Pod will appear out of the other. The game includes a puzzle editor you can use to make your own levels, although the existing levels will already have given you enough headache after a while ;) All in all, Clockwiser is a nice puzzler that isn’t as elegant in concept as many, but well worth a look for expert gamers. Expert gamers who are willing to squint at tiny blocks for hours on end, to be precise. Recommended, but definitely not for everyone.



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