Monday, June 29, 2009

Games Played 06/12/2009

Dash of Destruction - X-Box 360
Gunstar Heroes - PlayStation 3
Overlord - X-Box 360
Roller Coaster Tycoon 3 - PC


Wetrix+ (1998)
Developer: Zed Two Ltd.
Platform: Sega Dreamcast
Purchase Date: 2001

Alexey Pajitnov's wet dream?

Wetrix+ is what you get when you combine Tetris with geography. Basically, suspiciously Tetris-like shapes fall one by one onto the flat, square land, each represented by either up arrows to signify elevation or down arrows to signify depression. It is your job to mold the shape of the land so that water will not leak out from the edges of the board when they eventually come into play. The more water you can hold, the better and when a meteor arrives, you can use it to evaporate any linked body of water to score a huge amount of points. While doing all this, you also have to watch the "Earthquake" meter on the left side of the screen that will be filled up whenever you elevate the land. If the meter is maxed out, a catastrophic earthquake dramatically alter the shape of your land - very disastrous when you are currently holding a large body of water. There are also the occasional bombs that drop down from the sky that will create a hole on the land if it's not already padded with enough elevation. The game is over when you allow too much water to leaked out of the land. This may all sound like a boring educational lecture but the game is really fun to play. It's a genius twist to the old Tetris formula. The water effects still look great - a nice little reminder of what the Dreamcast is capable of.

LIBRARY STATUS: 4 out of 5

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