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Electronia (Puzzle) by Akuma No Houkon

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There are plenty of Puzzle Games for the GP32, but there is one game to rule them all: Electronia. Well, at least for me. The author, Akuma No Houkon, is well known for his clever and extraordinary puzzle games and this time he came up with a really unique puzzle game idea I've never seen before. Electronia is supported by the great looking graphics made by manu_pkp, who also did the graphics for Akuma's other games, GPSquares and Perfect Fit, and the good looking part of the graphics of my Cave Copter.
The game contains 3 game modes: Classic, Arcade and Gambit. The general goal of the game is to connect battery/energy icons with lightbulb icons, which might sound easy, but believe me, it isn't! In Arcade Mode, your task is to connect those icons by using the wire icons, much like Pipe Dreams from the old days, which are all over the screen. The only possibility to change the route of those wires is by rotating them clockwise or anti-clockwise. When you manage to connect a battery with a bulb, the light is starting to glow, the wires are replaced and you get some points. Connecting multiple bulbs to a battery gets extra points. Another little twist: the batteries are slowly "drain", which means, you'll lose them from top to bottom, each after a certain time. The game is over when the time has run out. If you manage to lighten up a certain amount of lightbulbs, which will increase, you advance one level.In the arcade mode, you get a classy "bricks fall down to earth" game - not my favourite mode, but nonetheless a very nice addition, which adds up nicely to the replay value. Finally, the gambit mode: It's a slightly changed classic mode, you can't advance to another level, it's just a "see how many bulbs you can lighten up before you'll run out of time".
My overall rating... Well, you might have realized that I really like this game. Usually, puzzle games have simple graphics, which is no big deal, but manu's graphics are really adding something to this game. The music is a very simple endless looped sample, but even though it's lasting just a couple of seconds, it did not annoy me at any point. Sound effects are... appropriate. Gameplay gets a very good rating, not only because it's easy and nice to play, it's also very convenient - small, 1 file fxe without special folders and all. The game is complete, the idea is great, and i'm rating the replay value 10 - If you try it, you'll understand.



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Judgement:
| GFX 8 | SND 6 | GAMEPLAY 9 | PROGRESS 10 | GAMEIDEA 10 | REPLAY VALUE 10 | OVERALL 8.8 |


Review by Don Nov/02/2004.
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Akuma No Houkon

Akuma No Houkon's games reviewed:
Electronia
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Perfect Fit
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8.5 Columns GP32
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