Zeppelin Games Ltd
David Sanders
1991
Puzzle
£2.99
English
ZX Spectrum 48K
None

43
Nick Roberts
Chris Bourne

Take Tetris and Connect 4, add a few road signs and a couple of planets, shake well and what have you got? Stack Up! This is one addictive game. Ever since I started playing I haven't been able to put the joystick down - it's that good!

The aim of the game is to guide the falling groups of blocks so that they form horizontal, vertical or diagonal lines of three or more of the same colour. Once a stack has been made the blocks disintegrate giving points and moving the blocks above down. You're not restricted to the order the blocks fall in, pressing swap allows the colours to change position so they can be placed just where you want them.

Making stacks of four or more is helped by the display at the bottom of the screen. This shows the blocks that are coming up next so you can take them into account when positioning the current one.

Each frame has a number of stacks to be completed before you can go on to the next. A normal line of three counts as one slut but lines of lour count as two, live as three and so on Higher levels hold more perils to make the game tougher frames are started with blocks already placed in them, blocks appear randomly, only diagonals count as a stack and the left and right controls become reversed, causing total mayhem!

To add a little variety in the graphics you can choose what each block is represented by from a list including road signs, planets and even Greek symbols! Stack Up is a simple and highly playable. Get a copy now and go blocking mad (and I -m taking this copy home with me)!

NICK

CRITICISM

80%

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It looks like that falling green sign would help matters bu where ever it's put it won't clear any blocks (no three in a row, y'see).

'You blew it!', indeed. Oh, just one more go...