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Mirrorsoft Ltd
ZX Spectrum 48K/128K

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Chris Bourne

C64/128, £8.99cs, £12.99dk
Amstrad CPC, £8.99cs, £12.99dk
Spectrum, £8.99cs, £19.99dk
Atari ST, £19.99dk
Amiga, £19.99dk
IBM PC, £19.99dk

A fascinating geometrical oddity, this Russian puzzler turns the obscure mathematical topic of packing into a cult game. One at a time, shapes fall downwards into a rectangular playing area. Left to their own devices they'll pile up until they reach the top of the screen: your task is to guide them down and pack them in tightly so that this doesn't happen.

If you can dovetail the different shapes together that they form a solid row from one side to the other, the row disappears and the shapes above fall down into the gap this makes. As long as you keep this process up you'll survive, but it's not easy: the game speeds up as it goes along for one thing, and small mistakes will raise the heap giving you less time to guide the next shape down.

Different versions of the game have proved to be rather variable in their arcade aspects, but the brilliantly simple idea behind them means they're well worth a look whatever your machine.

Not Rated