Trip'd

3DO

Review by Joe Santulli

Panasonic

Puzzle

Graphics: 6

Sound: 4

Gameplay: 6

Overall: 6


A bizarre game in the Tetris moldYep, it certainly seems as if the person responsible "tripped" at some point, probably while actually designing this unusual game. When I say "tripped", I DONíT mean "fell down" or even "blew it"... I mean "was hopped up on LSD"! One of the great underratíd and non-reviewíd games of the 3DO era, Tripíd is of the Tetris family of games, where stuff falls from the top and you have to keep it all in order near the bottom. I havenít played many games of this genre that I would consider bad, but there arenít many that rise above mediocre, either. Tripíd is near the high end of the mediocre scale, and thatís quite an accomplishment.

What sets this game apart from the countless clones of Tetris is its bizarre environment. You are preventing "alien eggs" from reaching the earth. The eggs come in various shapes and colors which, when placed together in a line of four, causes all four to disappear. Anything lying on top of the set drops down to take its place (much like Segaís Columns or Puyo Puyo). The change in gameplay occurs when you form a square, where rather than disappearing, the set turns into a giant alien that takes up four eggsí worth of space. In order to remove the alien, youíll need to match four of the same colored eggs AGAIN, after which the eggs and the alien disappear.

Another catch: when an alien disappears, it triggers an event. The effects will vary depending on which alien type youíre playing and whether youíre in one or two player mode. Usually itís something that really helps, like an entire layer or two of eggs will disappear from your stack or your opponentís stack will increase. Thereís one alien, though, thatís always going to cause you trouble - even eliminating him causes extra eggs to fall on YOUR side.

This may not sound all that exciting, and truth is, itís not unless you really enjoy these kinds of games. If you do, Tripíd is a heckuva lot of fun. It also features some wacky graphics and a very unusual "Dance" mode that is reminiscent of the Toe Jam & Earl rap mode. Every key represents an instrument and/or video effect. Make beautiful music or just annoy anyone else in your house at the time, itís fun either way. Seek it out, puzzle fans.

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