Review by Ofisil

Reviewed: 07/02/07

Simple old school puzzle fun

Palamedes is a Puzzle game developed and released by Hot-B. It is just another simple puzzle game like following the path of the legendary Tetris and Dr Mario and other less known games like Columns. Can Palamedes compete with games like these?

Story: N/A

Story? Old school puzzle games don’t need story, don’t have any story and Palamedes is a old school puzzle game so what did you expect?

Graphics: 5/10

Extremely simple graphics. Tetris was simple too but had better contrast between colors but Palamedes doesn’t. Also in Tetris every level had its different colors but again nothing like that in Palamedes apart from the background where your score is displayed. Your character, (not that you’ll often look at him), has a very poor design. Simple graphics for a simple game.

Sound: 5/10

Sound effects are ok I guess but the music tracks are only tree if I remember correctly and they get very boring after 10 minutes of playing the game.

Gameplay: 6.5/10

You control a character that holds a simple dice. Your character is located in the bottom of your screen and his objective is throwing a dice in the dices that fall from above, the rule is to throw you dice to a dice with the same number as yours. You do so by changing its number by pressing a button which makes your dice number go from number 1 to number 2 and so on. The top dices fall with a specific speed that increases when reaching a higher level. It doesn’t require too much thinking like Tetris or the extremely difficult Supaplex, but instead it is mainly based in speed and good control skills even though you just step right or left and throw or turn your dice.

Is this game addictive? Well for a while it is but after a while it gets too repetitive and offers no great challenge, also baring the fact that Palamedes has only three modes, (single, two player and tournament mode), it has absolutely no replay value and gets very boring after a while.

Positives:
-Fast old school fan
-Quite addictive for a while

Negatives:
-Below average graphic and music quality

Overall: 5.5/10

Everything about this game is average. From its graphic and sound quality to pure gameplay Palamedes is quite simple even for an old school NES puzzle game. Some people may like playing it for a while but why bother when masterpieces like Tetris exist.

Rating:   2.5 - Playable

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