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Programmer D Lyttle
Graphics B Flanagan
SFX/Music Jonathon Dunn
© Taito 1989 - Ocean 1990
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Reviewed by : Shaun Neary & Kev Thacker Reviewed on : 2001-11-21

This is not a new review. It is a revamped review from the Kev and Spike archives. Original review date is 29/11/1995

Puzzle games. Whey were they invented? Some crazed, deranged loonie is out there creating games to wreck heads. And Ocean are there to lend a helping hand to these psychopaths by marketing their games and paying them for writing them! Puzznic is no exception to that rule. It's the sort of game that people would say, "That's easy, I could do that in a matter of seconds". Five minutes you will hear the screams of anger and frustration from that same person from five hundred miles away! Ocean's conversion of the classic Taito Coin-Op arrived on the CPC, time to disect and see if this one is up to scratch.

Made a mess of this one lads!

Ah, now I have the hang of this.

A simple plot. Take an assortment of blocks with differant shapes on them and get them to match so that they will disappear without a trace, into thin air. Think you can handle it?, Think again! It all sounds easy when there are even numbers of blocks in the playing area, but what happens when the odd one creeps in? and you have already matched two of the blocks with the same shape on it?, Disaster!,and you have to start the level again. Usually the programmer would feel sorry for anyone who is under pressure when playing their games, you would think that some help would arrive. HELP?!, you got to be joking me!!

You are on your own on this one. The nearest thing to help that you will receive is the three extra credits that you start off with in the first place. You will have as much hope getting help on Puzznic as Paul Merton had from a tub of lard, that time on "Have I got News for you!" (BBC Television - Kev) The three credits are handy though, as you can restart the level anytime during the game, provided the time hasn't run out. Believe me, you will need every credit you can get your grubby mits on. The really cool thing about this game is that you will need gravity to get places on it (My girlfriend at the time, who studied natural science in college loved this idea!)

Erm, can I have my old job back please?

Considering the nature of the game, the graphics look fine, but nothing to write home about, as sometimes they are difficult to move. This doesn't help when you're on your last ten seconds of the game and the block refuses to budge. Sound is above average, a soundtrack that somebody would use for an Aerial Ultra commercial plays on the title screen, but the sound effects aint up to much, Bleep, Bleep. However put these all behind you and you are left with one of the best puzzle games of all time. This is one that will have you at your Amstrad for years to come.

Middle of the road, but effective graphics. Basic sound.
Addictive to say the least.
Control can be frustrating as it could be a bit more responsive.
One to come back for again.

Kev's comment:

Not a bad game, but can be very fustrating, so make sure your hair is very short, otherwise you are going to pull it out from frustration. Like they say with Pringles, "one pop and you cant stop", here you will just want to keep playing.

NVG Downloads
Title Type Language Title Screen Cheatmode Problems Upld Date Comments Launch Command
PUZZNIC Arcade game English Yes Yes No 30/04/2003 ?
Amstrad Action Reviews
62 Ocean Rave 10.99/15.99 77 50 80 89 84
81 Hit Squad Rave 3.99 n/r n/r n/r n/r 87
External Reviews
Puzznic @ CPC Reviews
Puzznic By Patrick Furlong @ CPC Zone

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