Mastertronic Ltd
ZX Spectrum 48K

Chris Bourne

here seems to be something about people from the other side of the Iron Curtain that makes them devise fiendishly difficult puzzles for us Westeners to blow our minds trying to solve! I mean, look at Tetris, and good ol'Ernst Rubik, and now this! Mindtrap (as you've probably gathered from the title) is of those disgustingly addictive, simple puzzle games that seem to hold your attention for weeks for no logical reason whatsoever!

Each screen has a set of blocks, of different colours. All you have to do is swap them around into columns of one colour each; the colour for each column is shown at the bottom. You control a frame which can contain four of these blocks at time; this can be moved about the screen, and fire and left or right rotates the colours in either direction. Don't worry about the appalling explanation; the idea is incredibly easy to pick up.

As I said before, Mindtrap is fiendishly addictive; the only moan I have is the ridiculous password system; OK, so it's fairly secure, but who wants to type in a 32 character line of what looks like random characters just to get onto the next level? The graphics aren't exactly stunning, but then they're not usually on this sort of game! A lot of mental effort is required on Mindtrap, particularly on the higher levels; you need to move quickly and think at the same time. It's very addictive, though, and well worth buying.