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    |                   Author: A I e x                                          |
    |                   Began: April 19th, 2005                                  |
    |                   Completed: April 19th, 2005                              |
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    |                              Table of Contents                             |
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    ** In order to navigate this guide I have implemented a Ctrl+f system, which 
    means you press ctrl+f in your browser or word processer to bring up the 
    search menu, then enter the letters in brackets on the right of the section 
    that you're looking for.
    
    1. Create Your Player..................................................(000A0)
    2. Options Menu........................................................(000B0)
    3. The Basics..........................................................(000C0)
         i - The Screen....................................................(000C1)
         ii - Block Elimination............................................(000C2)
         iii - The Sweep...................................................(000C3)
         iv - Special Block................................................(000C4)
    4. Block Tactics.......................................................(000D0)
         i - The Checkered Block...........................................(000D1)
         ii - The L Design Block...........................................(000D2)
         iii - The II Design Block.........................................(000D3)
         iv - The Full Colour Block........................................(000D4)
    5. Puzzle Mode.........................................................(000E0)
    6. Skins...............................................................(00000)
         i - Shinin'.......................................................(00001)
         ii - Urbanization.................................................(00002)
         iii - Round About.................................................(00003)
         iv - Slipping.....................................................(00004)
         v - Shake Ya Body.................................................(00005)
         vi - Square Dance.................................................(00006)
         vii - Talk 2 You..................................................(00007)
         viii - Just.......................................................(00008)
         ix - The Music In My Soul.........................................(00009)
         x - Dark Side Beside River........................................(0000A)
         xi - Aback........................................................(0000B)
         xii - Working In The Hole.........................................(0000C)
         xiii - Sister Walk................................................(0000D)
         xiv - Da-Di-Do....................................................(0000E)
         xv - Strangers....................................................(0000F)
         xvi - Holiday In Summer...........................................(0000G)
         xvii - Take A Dog Out A Walk......................................(0000H)
         xviii - Big Elpaso................................................(0000I)
         xix - My Generation...............................................(0000J)
         xxi - Meguro.. ...................................................(0000K)
         xxii - Spirits....................................................(0000L)
         xxiii - Get Up And Go.............................................(0000M)
         xxiv - Fly Into The Sky...........................................(0000N)
         xxv - Lights......................................................(0000O)
         xxvi - Japanese Form..............................................(0000P)
         xxvii - Auto Mobile Industry......................................(0000Q)
         xxviii - Please Return My CD......................................(0000R)
         xxix - Bird Singing In Night......................................(0000S)
         xxx - Mekong......................................................(0000T)
         xxxi - Whoop-De-Do................................................(0000U)
         xxxii - The Spy Loves Me..........................................(0000V)
         xxxiii - Brash....................................................(0000W)
         xxxiv - Chinese Restaurant........................................(0000X)
         xxxv - Moon Beam..................................................(0000Y)
         xxxvi - 45 Degrees................................................(0000Z)
         xxxvii - Rodent...................................................(000Z1)
         xxxviii - Morning Beats...........................................(000Z2)
         xxxix - Tin Toy...................................................(000Z3)
         xl - Prime Factor.................................................(000Z4)
    7. Version History.....................................................(000X1)
    8. Legal...............................................................(000X2)
    9. Credits.............................................................(000X3)
     
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    |                             Creating Your Player                   (000A0) |
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    When first starting up the game you will have to create your own personal 
    profile.  Start by entering your name into the box that appears.  Next you 
    will need to select a design for your character, many are available from the 
    start however some need to be unlocked.  Afer selecting your icon you will be 
    brought to the menu to choose your game mode.  There are four different game 
    modes and two additional modes which you can select:
    
    - 1P Mode                               - Puzzle Mode
    - 2P Mode                               - Options
    - Vs CPU Mode                           - Credits
    
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    |                                 Options Menu                       (000B0) |
    O============================================================================O
    
    Button Configuration: 
    
       Type A - Triangle and square buttons are used to rotate your block left 
                while X and circle buttons are used to rotate your block right.
    
       Type B - Square and X buttons are used to rotate your block left while the
                triangle and circle buttons are used to rotate your block right
    
       Type A - The L button is used to rotate your block left while the R button
                is used to rotate your block right
    
    VS History:
    
       This shows the games you have played against opponents previously and   
       whether you have won or lost the games, also shows opponent names.
    
    Score Ranking:
    
       This shows the high score chart and player name for the top ten players
    
    Character Edit:
    
       Allows you to customize a pre-existing character or create a new one.  You 
       can also delete your character and change your character icon.
    
    
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    |                                 The Basics                         (000C0) |
    O============================================================================O
    
    |  umines   /----------------------------------------------------------------o
    |_ ----o----\                           The Screen                           |
        (000C1)  \---------------------------------------------------------------o
    
    
    o----------------------------------------------------------------------------o
    |                                                                            |
    | o---+---o                         o---+---o                                |
    | |   |&&&|                         |   |&&&|                                |
    | +---+---+                         +---+---+                                |
    | |&&&|   | o-----------------------|&&&|   |-----------------------o Level  |
    | o---+---o |                       o---+---o                       |     4  |
    |           |                                                       |        |
    | o---+---o |                                                       |        |
    | |&&&|   | |                                                       |        |
    | +---+---+ |                                                       | Time   |
    | |   |&&&| |                                                       |   4:39 |
    | o---+---o |                                                       |        |
    |           |                                                       |        |
    | o---+---o |                                                       |        |
    | |&&&|&&&| |                                                       | Score  |
    | +---+---+ |                                                       |   9128 |
    | |&&&|&&&| |                                                       |        |
    | o---+---o |                                                       |        |
    |           |                                                       |        |
    |           |                                                       | HiScore|
    |           |                                                       |  354638|
    | +-------+ |               o---+---o                               |        |
    | |       | |               |   |&&&|                               |        |
    | | O   O | |               +---+---+                               | Deleted|
    | |       | |               |   |   |                               |    104 |
    | | \___/ | o---------------o---+---o-------------------------------o        |
    | |       |                                                                  |
    | +-------+                                                                  |
    |                                                                            |
    |                                                                            |
    o----------------------------------------------------------------------------o
    
    The large square in the centre is the playing screen where you drop the 
    blocks.  The block at the bottom has already been dropped and the block at the 
    top is the one you have control of that is about to drop.  On the right we 
    have level which displays your current level.  Time which shows how much time 
    has passed.  Score and Hi-Score show your current and best scores respectively 
    while Deleted tells you how many blocks total you have deleted so far.  At the 
    upper left we have three blocks that show what's coming for your next three 
    blocks, starting with the top as the next block at the bottom one you will get 
    in three drops.  The face or icon at the bottom left corner is the character 
    icon you selected at the beginning of the game.  That's it for the screen.
    
    |  umines   /----------------------------------------------------------------o
    |_ ----o----\                        Block Elimination                       |
        (000C2)  \---------------------------------------------------------------o
    
    Here are the gameplay basics.  The idea of Lumines works as follows.  Given a 
    not-too-distant-relative of Tetris like grid and block dropping system your 
    goal is to create blocks of four squares of either colour to eliminate the 
    blocks.  If this isn't too helpful I'll provide a basic diagram:
    
                o-------------------------------------------------------o
                |                                                       |
                |               o---+---o                               |
                |               |   |&&&|                               |
                |               +---+---+                               |
                |               |&&&|&&&|                               |
                |               o---+---o                               |
                |                                                       |
                |                   |                                   |
                |                   |                                   |
                |                  \|/                                  |
                |                                                       |
                |                                                       |
                |                                                       |
                |                                                       |
                |                                                       |
                |                                                       |
                |               o---+---o                               |
                |               |&&&|&&&|                               |
                |               +---+---+                               |
                |               |   |   |                               |
                o---------------o---+---o-------------------------------o
    
    Above is a model of the screen drawn to scale.  As you can see a block with 
    two coloured squares on the bottom is descending down toward a block with two 
    coloured squares on the top.  When the block lands it will create this.
    
                o-------------------------------------------------------o
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                |                                                       |
                |                                                       |
                |                                                       |
                |                                                       |
                |                                                       |
                |                                                       |
                |               o---+---o                               |
                |               |   |&&&|                               |
                |               +---+---+                               |
                |               |&&&|&&&|                               |
                |               o---+---o                               |
                |               |&&&|&&&|                               |
                |               +---+---+                               |
                |               |   |   |                               |
                o---------------o---+---o-------------------------------o
    
    You can see that now a square of four coloured blocks has formed together.  
    When the sweep comes by (which we will talk about more later) this block of 
    four squares will disappear giving you points, and reducing the amount of 
    blocks on the field.  After the sweep has gone by it looks like this:
    
                o-------------------------------------------------------o
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                |                                                       |
                |                                                       |
                |                                                       |
                |               o---+---o                               |
                |               |   |&&&|                               |
                |               +---+---+                               |
                |               |   |   |                               |
                o---------------o---+---o-------------------------------o
    
    The bottom two squares of the lower block and the top two squares of the upper 
    block are now on top of one another since the complete square in the middle 
    has disappeared.  You can get more than one block at once and all sorts of 
    special combos as well, but we'll get into that later.  You've got the basics.
    
    |  umines   /----------------------------------------------------------------o
    |_ ----o----\                           The Sweep                            |
        (000C3)  \---------------------------------------------------------------o
    
    You may have noticed the object that sweeps by every few seconds, well that 
    thing is responsible for clearing the blocks meaning the blocks you create 
    don't disappear immediately, instead they disappear when the sweep clears 
    them.  This means you are given the chance to potentially build bigger combos 
    on top of your blocks waiting to be cleared.  In case you haven't figured it 
    out yet the sweep looks something like this:
                                                            o---o\
                o-------------------------------------------| 0 | >-----o
                |                                      ___  o---o/      |
                |                                        /|     |       |
                |                                       / |     |       |
                |                                      /        |       |
                |                                     /         |       |
                |                                               |       |
                |                                 The Sweep     |       |
                |                                               |       |
                |                                               |       |
                |                                               |       |
                |                                               |       |
                |                                               |       |
                |               o---+---o                       |       |
                |               |   |&&&|                       |       |
                |               +---+---+                       |       |
                |               |&&&|   |                       |       |
                |               o---+---o                       |       |
                |               |   |&&&|                       |       |
                |               +---+---+                       |       |
                |               |&&&|   |                       |       |
                o---------------o---+---o-------------------------------o
    
    When the vertical line that descends down the screen passes over a complete 
    block the block then disappears.  The number at the top of the sweep keeps 
    track of how many blocks have been cleared on each sweep and if it reaches 
    four or higher then you get a special bonus, what a nice surprise.
    
    |  umines   /----------------------------------------------------------------o
    |_ ----o----\                         Special Block                          |
        (000C4)  \---------------------------------------------------------------o
    
    The special block is the little icon that appears in the centre of some 
    blocks, for example in the first level you will be able to tell it apart 
    because on rare occasions a small green dot appears in some blocks.  What this 
    green dot does is not only desttroy like-coloured blocks in a square pattern 
    like any other would, but it also moves and destroys every single block beside 
    it of the same colour on and on until it reaches a block a block of a 
    different colour.  It will snake up down, left or right but not diagonally.  
    
                o-------------------------------------------------------o
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                |                                                       |
                |                                                       |
                |                                                       |
                |               o---+---o                               |
                |               |&&&|   |                               |
                |               +---+---+                               |
                |               |   |&&&|                               |
                |               o---+---o                               |
                |               |&&&|&&&|                               |
                |               +---+---+                               |
                |               | 6 | 7 |                               |
                |               o---+---o               o---+---o       |
                |               | 5 |&&&|               | 5 | 6 |       |
                |               +---+---+               +---+---+       |
                |               | 4 |&&&|               | 4 |&&&|       |
                |               o---+---o---+---o---+---o---+---o       |
                |               | 3 | 2 | 1 | x | 1 | 2 | 3 |&&&|       |
                |               +---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+       |
                |               |&&&| 3 | 2 | 1 |&&&|&&&| 4 | 5 |       |
                o---------------o---+---o---+---o---+---o---+---o-------o
    
    Lets say that the clear block with the "x" in the middle represents one of the 
    special destroyer blocks.  You can see that the block is entirely white so it 
    is about to be destroyed, it will destroy the three squares in the same block 
    but then it will chain outward.  Every square with a number inside of it will 
    be destroyed and after this huge chain you will be left with:
    
                o-------------------------------------------------------o
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                |                                                       |
                |                                                       |
                |                                                       |
                |                                                       |
                |                                                       |
                |                                                       |
                |                                                       |
                |                   o---o                               |
                |                   |   |                               |
                |               o---+---o                               |
                |               |&&&|&&&|                               |
                |               +---+---+                               |
                |               |   |&&&|                               |
                |               o---+---o                   o---o       |
                |               |&&&|&&&|                   |&&&|       |
                |               +---+---+       o---+---o   +---+       |
                |               |&&&|&&&|       |&&&|&&&|   |&&&|       |
                o---------------o---+---o-------o---+---o---o---o-------o
    
    Something that looks like the above picture.  Of course tat block of coloured 
    squares at the lower left will be removed too on the next sweep but that's 
    beside the point.  The idea is that you can eliminate tons of blocks of a 
    single colour using this special block and after doing so there will likely be 
    so many blocks of the opposite colour remaining that even they will almost 
    completely wipe themselves out on the next sweep.  A powerful tool indeed.
    
    
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    |                                 Block Tactics                      (000D0) |
    O============================================================================O
    
    This section will pretty much outline everything you are going to want to know 
    to build up the highest scores and become the most efficient player.  
    Obviously everyone plays differently and I'm sure you've even got some of your 
    own special tactics that I might overlook, but my primary goal is to help give 
    you a few extra pointers to maximize your score and minimize game overs.
    
    |  umines   /----------------------------------------------------------------o
    |_ ----o----\                       The Checkered Block                      |
        (000D1)  \---------------------------------------------------------------o
    
    You might want to know how to deal with that awful block that comes in a 
    checkered pattern and doesn't seem to help you out anywhere.  Well it can help 
    you at times if you remember one important part of this game, when in doubt 
    and when you are unable to create a block, group colours together!  Here's 
    about the worst possible thing you can do with a bunch of checkered blocks.
    
                o-------------------------------------------------------o
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                |                                                       |
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                |                                                       |
                |                                                       |
                |                                                       |
                |                       o---+---o---+---o               |
                |                       |   |&&&|   |&&&|               |
                |                       +---+---+---+---+               |
                |                       |&&&|   |&&&|   |               |
                |               o---+---o---+---o---+---o---+---o       |
                |               |   |&&&|   |&&&|   |&&&|   |&&&|       |
                |               +---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+       |
                |               |&&&|   |&&&|   |&&&|   |&&&|   |       |
                o---------------o---+---o---+---o---+---o---+---o-------o
    
    See how they are all piled up in a grossly ugly pattern with little hope to 
    create any blocks at all in the future.  Despite the aesthetically pleasing 
    nature of this setup, never ever do this.  What you want to do instead is 
    group colours together.  Remember, you CAN rotate blocks!
    
                o-------------------------------------------------------o
                |                                                       |
                |                                                       |
                |                                                       |
                |                                                       |
                |                                       o---+---o       |
                |                                       |   |&&&|       |
                |                                       +---+---+       |
                |                                       |&&&|   |       |
                |                                       o---+---o       |
                |                                                       |
                |                                           |           |
                |                                           |           |
                |                       o---+---o---+---o  \|/          |
                |                       |   |&&&|&&&|   |               |
                |                       +---+---+---+---+               |
                |                       |&&&|   |   |&&&|               |
                |               o---+---o---+---o---+---o---+---o       |
                |               |   |&&&|&&&|   |   |&&&|&&&|   |       |
                |               +---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+       |
                |               |&&&|   |   |&&&|&&&|   |   |&&&|       |
                o---------------o---+---o---+---o---+---o---+---o-------o
    
    Take a look at this setup, it's EXACTLY the same and the exact same blocks 
    have not been moved around.  This time whoever dropped the blocks into 
    position rotated them first to set this up, remember the only difference 
    between the above diagram and the one above it are that the blocks have been 
    rotated.  In this one you can see that already the white block in the middle 
    is going to disappear.  When it does the two coloured squares on top of it 
    will fall and land on the two coloured squares below to create ANOTHER block.  
    Now let's ignore that for a second and say you got another of these awful 
    checkered blocks.  Notice the one falling on the right.  When it lands it will 
    creates a coloured block of four and then after that disappears the two white 
    blocks on top will drop and create another coloured block.  As you can see 
    when you set it up right with contiguous colours, they aren't too bad at all.
    
    |  umines   /----------------------------------------------------------------o
    |_ ----o----\                       The L Design Block                       |
        (000D2)  \---------------------------------------------------------------o
    
    You know the one I'm talking about, the block that has a single square on it 
    of a different colour so that the three of the opposite colour form an L 
    shape.  These have numerous different uses not so much with each other but 
    rather when interacting with other blocks.  This is the most common example, 
    learn to utilize this tactic and it will save you many times.
    
                o-------------------------------------------------------o
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                |                                                       |
                |                   o---+---o                           |
                |                   |   |&&&|                           |
                |                   +---+---+                           |
                |                   |&&&|&&&|                           |
                |                   o---+---o                           |
                |                                                       |
                |                       |                               |
                |                       |                               |
                |                      \|/                              |
                |                                                       |
                |                                                       |
                |                                                       |
                |                                                       |
                |                                                       |
                |                   o---o                               |
                |                   |&&&|                               |
                o-------------------o---o-------------------------------o
    
    This is a simple example of what might often be a much more complicated setup, 
    but the idea remains the same.  You have a single block of the same colour as 
    the L shape in the block you are dropping.  What you want to do is rotate and 
    position it exactly like in the diagram above and then drop it down.
    
                o-------------------------------------------------------o
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                |                                                       |
                |                                                       |
                |                                                       |
                |                   o---o                               |
                |                   |   |                               |
                |                   o---+---o                           |
                |                   |&&&|&&&|                           |
                |                   +---+---+                           |
                |                   |&&&|&&&|                           |
                o-------------------o---+---o---------------------------o
    
    As you can see the two coloured blocks on the right side hit the bottom and 
    the single coloured block on the left stacked on top of the one that was 
    already on the ground to form a block which will then be eliminated the next 
    time the sweep comes by to make its run.  Simple yes, but very effective.
    
    Along the same lines is the opposite situation, when you have a single block 
    and an L design block of the opposite colour majority coming down.  
    
                o-------------------------------------------------------o
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                |                                                       |
                |                                                       |
                |                                                       |
                |                   o---+---o       o---+---o           |
                |                   |   |   |       |   |   |           |
                |                   +---+---+       +---+---+           |
                |                   |   |&&&|       |   |&&&|           |
                |                   o---+---o       o---+---o           |
                |                                                       |
                |                       |               |               |
                |                       |               |               |
                |                      \|/             \|/              |
                |                                                       |
                |                                                       |
                |                                                       |
                |                                                       |
                |                                                       |
                |                   o---o                   o---o       |
                |                   |&&&|                   |&&&|       |
                o-------------------o---o-------------------o---o-------o
    
    The above diagram shows your two best options when given a situation like 
    this.  While neither of them will actually create and destroy a block both of 
    them will give you the most colour contiguity possible, as shown below.
    
                o-------------------------------------------------------o
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                |                                                       |
                |                                                       |
                |                                                       |
                |                   o---+---o       o---+---o           |
                |                   |   |&&&|       |   |&&&|           |
                |                   +---+---+       +---+---+           |
                |                   |&&&|   |       |   |   |           |
                |                   o---+---o       o---+---o           |
                |                                                       |
                |                       |               |               |
                |                       |               |               |
                |                      \|/             \|/              |
                |                                                       |
                |                   o---o                               |
                |                   |   |                               |
                |                   o---+---o       o---+---o           |
                |                   |   |   |       |   |   |           |
                |                   +---+---+       +---+---+---o       |
                |                   |&&&|&&&|       |   |&&&|&&&|       |
                o-------------------o---+---o-------o---+---o---o-------o
    
    Personally I find the one on the left to be the preferable choice but in the 
    end it's up to you.  Notice on the left diagram that if you get one of the 
    annoying checker blocks what you can do.  Notice that when that lands you are 
    going to create a block of white squares and then when they disappear the 
    coloured ones will drop and make another block.  Correct me if I'm wrong but I 
    would say that the block coming down on the right side is about the best thing 
    you could hope for, however the end result isn't nearly as good.
    
                o-------------------------------------------------------o
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                |                                                       |
                |                                                       |
                |                                                       |
                |                                                       |
                |                                   o---+---o           |
                |                                   |   |&&&|           |
                |                   o---o           +---+---+---o       |
                |                   |   |           |   |&&&|&&&|       |
                o-------------------o---o-----------o---+---o---o-------o
    
    |  umines   /----------------------------------------------------------------o
    |_ ----o----\                       The II Design Block                      |
        (000D3)  \---------------------------------------------------------------o
    
    The block that has two straight lines of opposite colours is one of the most 
    useful blocks you can get, but can also be one of the most destructive.  Quite 
    often I find this block is used most of the time for shaving in half and 
    dropping two blocks of a single colour further down but it also serves and 
    even better purpose such that if you get two of them they can be rotated on 
    their side and you can get two blocks quite easily.  Both tactics will be 
    outlined below on the same diagram, one on each side of the screen.
    
                o-------------------------------------------------------o
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                |                                                       |
                |                                                       |
                |       o---+---o                       o---+---o       |
                |       |&&&|&&&|                       |   |&&&|       |
                |       +---+---+                       +---+---+       |
                |       |   |   |                       |   |&&&|       |
                |       o---+---o                       o---+---o       |
                |                                                       |
                |           |                               |           |
                |           |                               |           |
                |          \|/                             \|/          |
                |                                                       |
                |                                                       |
                |                                                       |
                |       o---+---o                       o---o   o---o   |
                |       |   |   |                       |&&&|   |&&&|   |
                |       +---+---+                       +---+   +---+   |
                |       |&&&|&&&|                       |&&&|   |&&&|   |
                o-------o---+---o-----------------------o---o---o---o---o
    
    The setup on the left shows on of the most useful things you can do with the 
    II block horizontally while the diagram on the right shows the most useful 
    thing you can do with the II block vertically.  Here's the result:
    
                o-------------------------------------------------------o
                |                                                       |
                |                                                       |
                |                                                       |
                |                                                       |
                |                                                       |
                |                                                       |
                |                                                       |
                |                                                       |
                |                                                       |
                |                                                       |
                |                                                       |
                |                                                       |
                |       o---+---o                       o---o           |
                |       |&&&|&&&|                       |   |           |
                |       +---+---+                       +---+           |
                |       |   |   |                       |   |           |
                |       o---+---o                       o---o---o---o   |
                |       |   |   |                       |&&&|&&&|&&&|   |
                |       +---+---+                       +---+---+---+   |
                |       |&&&|&&&|                       |&&&|&&&|&&&|   |
                o-------o---+---o-----------------------o---o---o---o---o
    
    As you can see the setup on the left will cause the white block to disappear, 
    then the coloured squares on top will drop and form a coloured block which 
    will also disappear.  On the right we see that the coloured squares have been 
    shaved off formed two blocks that will both disappear and net you more points, 
    so as you can see the II block is a powerful too when use correctly.  When 
    used incorrectly however it's not so great.  I find myself often dropping then 
    one on top of another vertically with little else to do and while two large 
    vertical lines of same-coloured squares might sound appealing, it needlessly 
    raises you up toward the top and they are hard to get rid of since you need to 
    eliminate them from the side.  Long story short, don't do that.
    
    |  umines   /----------------------------------------------------------------o
    |_ ----o----\                      The Full Colour Block                     |
        (000D4)  \---------------------------------------------------------------o
    
    While dropping it down by itself can seem pretty appealing since it will just 
    be cleaned away, often the full colour block is better used as a combo tool:
    
                o-------------------------------------------------------o
                |                                                       |
                | BAD!                                                  |
                |                                                       |
                |                                                       |
                |                                       o---+---o       |
                |                                       |&&&|&&&|       |
                |                                       +---+---+       |
                |                                       |&&&|&&&|       |
                |                                       o---+---o       |
                |                                                       |
                |                                           |           |
                |                                           |           |
                |                                          \|/          |
                |                                                       |
                |                                                       |
                |                                                       |
                |               o---+---o                               |
                |               |&&&|&&&|                               |
                |               +---+---+                               |
                |               |   |   |                               |
                o---------------o---+---o-------------------------------o
    
                o-------------------------------------------------------o
                |                                                       |
                | GOOD!                                                 |
                |                                                       |
                |                                                       |
                |               o---+---o                               |
                |               |&&&|&&&|                               |
                |               +---+---+                               |
                |               |&&&|&&&|                               |
                |               o---+---o                               |
                |                                                       |
                |                   |                                   |
                |                   |                                   |
                |                  \|/                                  |
                |                                                       |
                |                                                       |
                |                                                       |
                |               o---+---o                               |
                |               |&&&|&&&|                               |
                |               +---+---+                               |
                |               |   |   |                               |
                o---------------o---+---o-------------------------------o
    
    While the first one will drop and disappear netting you some points and not 
    cluttering up the board, take a closer look at the second one.  When it lands 
    it will create two blocks of six squares, eliminate all of them for more 
    points than the first one and leave you with less blocks.  It's win win!
    
    
    O============================================================================O
    |                                 Puzzle Mode                        (000E0) |
    O============================================================================O
    
    Puzzle mode is a special mode where you have to make certain patterns out of a 
    specific colour and not have any other coloured blocks adjacent to them.  Lets 
    take the first puzzle to use as an example for what to do, and what not to.
    
                o-------------------------------------------------------o
                |                                                       |
                |                                                       |
                |                                                       |
                |                                                       |
                |                                                       |
                |                                                       |
                |                                                       |
                |                                                       |
                |                                                       |
                |                                                       |
                |                                                       |
                |                                                       |
                |                       o---+---o                       |
                |                       |&&&|&&&|                       |
                |                       +---+---+                       |
                |                       |   |&&&|                       |
                |               o---+---o---+---o---+---o               |
                |               |&&&|   |   |   |&&&|   |               |
                |               +---+---+---+---+---+---+               |
                |               |   |&&&|   |&&&|   |&&&|               |
                o---------------o---+---o---+---o---+---o---------------o
    
                o-------------------------------------------------------o
                |                                                       |
                |                                                       |
                |                                                       |
                |                                                       |
                |                                                       |
                |                                                       |
                |                                                       |
                |                                                       |
                |                                                       |
                |                                                       |
                |                                                       |
                |                                                       |
                |                       o---+---o                       |
                |                       |&&&|   |                       |
                |                       +---+---+                       |
                |                       |   |&&&|                       |
                |               o---+---o---+---o---+---o               |
                |               |&&&|   |   |   |   |&&&|               |
                |               +---+---+---+---+---+---+               |
                |               |&&&|&&&|   |&&&|   |&&&|               |
                o---------------o---+---o---+---o---+---o---------------o
    
    One of these two diagrams will successfully complete the first puzzle while 
    the other one will not.  Can you figure out which one is wrong?  The answer is 
    the second one.  Notice a perfectly shaped white cross in the middle, however 
    touching the right side is another white block that is no part of the shape.  
    This is a no-no.  Which colour you choose is irrelevant, both are fair game.
    
    When trying to complete puzzle mode all you are really doing is the same basic 
    thing over and over again which is piling useless blocks on the side while 
    taking blocks that you are waiting for and setting them up in the centre to 
    create the shape that you cant.  I find that most of the time you are waiting 
    for the II design blocks with the L shaped ones a distant second.  Full colour 
    ones are near useless here and the checkered blocks have limited use too.  
    Keep an eye on the upcoming blocks and make absolutely sure you know what 
    you're looking for.  Personally I find that the best thing to do is completely 
    memorize the exact shape you are trying to make before you begin to minimize 
    the amount of time you waste looking at it on the side.  There are quite a few 
    puzzle levels in this game, and while you really don't need an individual 
    strategy for each one, all the shapes you'll need to create are seen below.
    
    
                Small Cross:                           Small Square:
                     _                                     _ _ _
                   _|_|_                                  |_|_|_|
                  |_|_|_|                                 |_|_|_|
                    |_|                                   |_|_|_|
    
    
               Small Checker:                               Dog:   
                   _   _                                       _
                  |_|_|_|                                  _  |_|_
                   _|_|_                                  |_|_|_|_|
                  |_| |_|                                 |_|_|_|
                                                          |_| |_|
    
                     A:                                   Giraffe:  
                     _                                         _ _
                   _|_|_                                      |_|_|
                  |_|_|_|                                     |_|
                  |_|_|_|                                  _ _|_|
                  |_| |_|                                 |_|_|_|
                                                          |_| |_|
    
                 Alligator:                             Create 4x4:  
                         _                               _ _ _ _
               _ _ _ _ _|_|_                            |_|_|_|_|
              |_|_|_|_|_|_|_|                           |_|_|_|_|
                  |_| |_|                               |_|_|_|_|
                                                        |_|_|_|_|
    
                   Smile:                                 Horse:    
                   _   _                                       _
                  |_| |_|                                     |_|_
                  |_| |_|                                     |_|_|
                   _   _                                 _ _ _|_|
                  |_|_|_|                               |_|_|_|_|
                    |_|                                   |_| |_|
                                                          |_| |_|
    
                  Arrow Up:                             Arrow Left: 
                     _                                       _  
                   _|_|_                                   _|_|  
                 _|_|_|_|_                               _|_|_ _ _
                |_| |_| |_|                             |_|_|_|_|_|
                    |_|                                   |_|_   
                    |_|                                     |_|  
    
                Arrow Right:                            Arrow Down:
                     _                                       _  
                    |_|_                                    |_|  
                 _ _ _|_|_                               _  |_|  _
                |_|_|_|_|_|                             |_|_|_|_|_|
                     _|_|                                 |_|_|_|
                    |_|                                     |_|  
    
                  Infinity:                              Clear All:  
                  _ _ _                                          
                 |_|_|_|                                  Delete 
                 |_|_|_|_ _                               Every   
                 |_|_|_|_|_|                              Block  
                     |_|_|_|                              On The 
                     |_|_|_|                              Screen  
    
                 Big Square:                              Big G:    
                 _ _ _ _ _                              _ _ _ _ _
                |_|_|_|_|_|                            |_|_|_|_|_|
                |_|  _  |_|                            |_|  _ _ _ 
                |_| |_| |_|                            |_| |_|_|_|
                |_|_ _ _|_|                            |_|_ _ _|_|
                |_|_|_|_|_|                            |_|_|_|_|_|
    
                    UFO:                                  Human:    
                     _                                      _  
                 _ _|_|_ _                              _ _|_|_ _
               _|_|_|_|_|_|_                           |_|_|_|_|_|
              |_|_|_|_|_|_|_|                             _|_|_ 
                |_| |_| |_|                              |_| |_|
                                                         |_| |_|
    
                   Snake:                               Big Checker:
                         _ _                                 _  
                 _ _ _  |_|_|                              _|_|_ 
                |_|_|_| |_|                              _|_|_|_|_
               _|_| |_|_|_|                             |_|_|_|_|_|
              |_|_| |_|_|_|                               |_|_|_|
                                                            |_|  
    
                  Big Cross:                         Delete Over 20 Blocks:
                 _       _                                        
                |_|_   _|_|                               Clear More
                  |_|_|_|                                 Than 20
                   _|_|_                                  Blocks|
                 _|_| |_|_                                Before Time
                |_|     |_|                               Runs Out
    
                Zero to Three:                            Large O:     
          _ _ _  _ _  _ _ _  _ _ _                       _ _ _ _ _
         |_|_|_||_|_||_|_|_||_|_|_|                     |_|_|_|_|_|
         |_| |_|  |_| _ _|_| _ _|_|                     |_|     |_|
         |_| |_|  |_||_|_|_||_|_|_|                     |_|     |_|
         |_|_|_|  |_||_|_ _  _ _|_|                     |_|_ _ _|_|
         |_|_|_|  |_||_|_|_||_|_|_|                     |_|_|_|_|_|
    
    There's a couple other things to make note of for the puzzle game, some of 
    these require a difficult trick for you to complete them like the 4x4 for 
    example.  What you need to do is leave the middle open until the last possible 
    second and then wait until you see full colour blocks coming then put them in 
    place quickly before the sweep comes by and eliminates them so you have enough 
    time to stack them and achieve the goal.  The other thing is that this isn't 
    the end of the puzzle section, there are twice as many puzzles however at this 
    point they loop and you must do everything you just did TWICE during the time 
    limit period.  A little repetitious perhaps, but challenging nonetheless.
    
    
    O============================================================================O
    |                                    Skins                           (00000) |
    O============================================================================O
    
    |  umines   /------------------------o  |  umines   /------------------------o
    |_ ----o----\         Shinin'        |  |_ ----o----\      Urbanization      |
        (00001)  \-----------------------o      (00002)  \-----------------------o
    
    Song Title: Shinin'                     Song Title: Urbanization
    Artist: Mondo Grosso                    Artist: N/A
    Block #1 Colour: White                  Block #1 Colour: White
    Block #2 Colour: Orange                 Block #2 Colour: Green
    Unlocked: Challenge Mode 1st skin       Unlocked: Challenge mode 2nd skin 
    
    |  umines   /------------------------o  |  umines   /------------------------o
    |_ ----o----\       Round About      |  |_ ----o----\        Slipping        |
        (00003)  \-----------------------o      (00004)  \-----------------------o
    
    Song Title: Round About                 Song Title: Slipping
    Artist: N/A                             Artist: N/A
    Block #1 Colour: White                  Block #1 Colour: White
    Block #2 Colour: Gold                   Block #2 Colour: Red
    Unlocked: Challenge Mode 3rd skin       Unlocked: Challenge mode 4th skin 
    
    |  umines   /------------------------o  |  umines   /------------------------o
    |_ ----o----\      Shake Ya Body     |  |_ ----o----\       Square Dance     |
        (00005)  \-----------------------o      (00006)  \-----------------------o
    
    Song Title: Shake Ya Body               Song Title: Square Dance
    Artist: Mondo Grosso                    Artist: N/A
    Block #1 Colour: White                  Block #1 Colour: White
    Block #2 Colour: Orange                 Block #2 Colour: Orange
    Unlocked: Challenge Mode 5th skin       Unlocked: Challenge mode 6th skin 
    
    |  umines   /------------------------o  |  umines   /------------------------o
    |_ ----o----\       Talk 2 You       |  |_ ----o----\         Just...        |
        (00007)  \-----------------------o      (00008)  \-----------------------o
    
    Song Title: Talk 2 You                  Song Title: Just...
    Artist: N/A                             Artist: N/A
    Block #1 Colour: White                  Block #1 Colour: White
    Block #2 Colour: Blue                   Block #2 Colour: Red
    Unlocked: Challenge Mode 7th skin       Unlocked: Challenge mode 8th skin 
    
    |  umines   /------------------------o  |  umines   /------------------------o
    |_ ----o----\  The Music In My Soul  |  |_ ----o----\ Dark Side Beside River |
        (00009)  \-----------------------o      (0000A)  \-----------------------o
    
    Song Title: The Music In My Soul        Song Title: Dark Side Beside River 
    Artist: Eri Nobushika                   Artist: N/A
    Block #1 Colour: White                  Block #1 Colour: White
    Block #2 Colour: Orange                 Block #2 Colour: Dark Green
    Unlocked: Challenge Mode 9th skin       Unlocked: Challenge mode 10th skin
    
    |  umines   /------------------------o  |  umines   /------------------------o
    |_ ----o----\          Aback         |  |_ ----o----\   Working In The Hole  |
        (0000B)  \-----------------------o      (0000C)  \-----------------------o
    
    Song Title: Aback                       Song Title: Working In The Hole
    Artist: N/A                             Artist: N/A
    Block #1 Colour: White                  Block #1 Colour: White
    Block #2 Colour: Brown                  Block #2 Colour: Red
    Unlocked: Challenge Mode 11th skin      Unlocked: Challenge mode 12th skin
    
    |  umines   /------------------------o  |  umines   /------------------------o
    |_ ----o----\       Sister Walk      |  |_ ----o----\        Da-Di-Do        |
        (0000D)  \-----------------------o      (0000E)  \-----------------------o
    
    Song Title: Sister Walk                 Song Title: Da-Di-Do
    Artist: N/A                             Artist: N/A
    Block #1 Colour: White                  Block #1 Colour: White
    Block #2 Colour: Orange                 Block #2 Colour: Red
    Unlocked: Challenge Mode 13th skin      Unlocked: Challenge mode 14th skin
    
    |  umines   /------------------------o  |  umines   /------------------------o
    |_ ----o----\        Strangers       |  |_ ----o----\    Holiday In Summer   |
        (0000F)  \-----------------------o      (0000G)  \-----------------------o
    
    Song Title: Strangers                   Song Title: Holiday In Summer
    Artist: N/A                             Artist: N/A
    Block #1 Colour: White                  Block #1 Colour: White
    Block #2 Colour: Orange                 Block #2 Colour: Orange
    Unlocked: Challenge Mode 15th skin      Unlocked: Challenge mode 16th skin
    
    |  umines   /------------------------o  |  umines   /------------------------o
    |_ ----o----\  Take A Dog Out A Walk |  |_ ----o----\       Big Elpaso       |
        (0000H)  \-----------------------o      (0000I)  \-----------------------o
    
    Song Title: Take A Dog Out A Walk       Song Title: Big Elpaso
    Artist: N/A                             Artist: N/A
    Block #1 Colour: White                  Block #1 Colour: White
    Block #2 Colour: Orange                 Block #2 Colour: Orange
    Unlocked: Challenge Mode 17th skin      Unlocked: Challenge mode 18th skin
    
    |  umines   /------------------------o  |  umines   /------------------------o
    |_ ----o----\      My Generation     |  |_ ----o----\          Meguro        |
        (0000J)  \-----------------------o      (0000K)  \-----------------------o
    
    Song Title: My Generation               Song Title: Meguro
    Artist: N/A                             Artist: N/A
    Block #1 Colour: White                  Block #1 Colour: Brown & Gray 
    Block #2 Colour: Orange                 Block #2 Colour: Green & Brown
    Unlocked: Challenge Mode 19th skin      Unlocked: Challenge mode 20th skin
    
    |  umines   /------------------------o  |  umines   /------------------------o
    |_ ----o----\         Spirits        |  |_ ----o----\      Get Up And Go     |
        (0000L)  \-----------------------o      (0000M)  \-----------------------o
    
    Song Title: Spirits                     Song Title: Get Up And Go
    Artist: N/A                             Artist: N/A
    Block #1 Colour: White                  Block #1 Colour: White
    Block #2 Colour: Orange                 Block #2 Colour: Green
    Unlocked: Challenge Mode 21st skin      Unlocked: Challenge mode 22nd skin
    
    |  umines   /------------------------o  |  umines   /------------------------o
    |_ ----o----\    Fly Into The Sky    |  |_ ----o----\         Lights         |
        (0000N)  \-----------------------o      (0000O)  \-----------------------o
    
    Song Title: Fly Into The Sky            Song Title: Lights
    Artist: N/A                             Artist: Eri Nobuchika
    Block #1 Colour: White                  Block #1 Colour: White
    Block #2 Colour: Blue                   Block #2 Colour: Orange
    Unlocked: Challenge Mode 23rd skin      Unlocked: Challenge mode 24th skin
    
    |  umines   /------------------------o  |  umines   /------------------------o
    |_ ----o----\     Japanese Form      |  |_ ----o----\  Auto Mobile Industry  |
        (0000P)  \-----------------------o      (0000Q)  \-----------------------o
    
    Song Title: Japanese Form               Song Title: Auto Mobile Industry
    Artist: N/A                             Artist: N/A
    Block #1 Colour: White                  Block #1 Colour: Blue
    Block #2 Colour: Red                    Block #2 Colour: Orange
    Unlocked: 1st stage of Vs CPU mode      Unlocked: 2nd stage of Vs CPU mode
    
    |  umines   /------------------------o  |  umines   /------------------------o
    |_ ----o----\   Please Return My CD  |  |_ ----o----\  Bird Singing In Night |
        (0000R)  \-----------------------o      (0000S)  \-----------------------o
    
    Song Title: Please Return My CD         Song Title: Bird Singing In Night
    Artist: N/A                             Artist: N/A
    Block #1 Colour: White                  Block #1 Colour: Blue  
    Block #2 Colour: Black                  Block #2 Colour: Yellow
    Unlocked: 3rd stage of Vs CPU mode      Unlocked: 4th stage of Vs CPU mode
    
    |  umines   /------------------------o  |  umines   /------------------------o
    |_ ----o----\         Mekong         |  |_ ----o----\       Whoop-De-Do      |
        (0000T)  \-----------------------o      (0000U)  \-----------------------o
    
    Song Title: Mekong                      Song Title: Whoop-De-Do
    Artist: N/A                             Artist: N/A
    Block #1 Colour: Blue                   Block #1 Colour: Black
    Block #2 Colour: Green                  Block #2 Colour: Yellow
    Unlocked: 5th stage of Vs CPU mode      Unlocked: 6th stage of Vs CPU mode
    
    |  umines   /------------------------o  |  umines   /------------------------o
    |_ ----o----\   The Spy Loves Me     |  |_ ----o----\          Brash         |
        (0000V)  \-----------------------o      (0000W)  \-----------------------o
    
    Song Title: The Spy Loves Me            Song Title: Brash
    Artist: N/A                             Artist: N/A
    Block #1 Colour: White                  Block #1 Colour: Hearts
    Block #2 Colour: Orange                 Block #2 Colour: Spades
    Unlocked: 7th stage of Vs CPU mode      Unlocked: 8th stage of Vs CPU mode
    
    |  umines   /------------------------o  |  umines   /------------------------o
    |_ ----o----\   Chinese Restaurant   |  |_ ----o----\        Moon Beam       |
        (0000X)  \-----------------------o      (0000Y)  \-----------------------o
    
    Song Title:                             Song Title: Moon Beam
    Artist: N/A                             Artist: N/A
    Block #1 Colour: White                  Block #1 Colour: White
    Block #2 Colour: Orange                 Block #2 Colour: Brown
    Unlocked: 9th stage of Vs CPU mode      Unlocked: 10th stage of Vs CPU mode
    
    |  umines   /------------------------o  |  umines   /------------------------o
    |_ ----o----\       45 Degrees       |  |_ ----o----\          Rodent        |
        (0000Z)  \-----------------------o      (000Z1)  \-----------------------o
    
    Song Title: 45 Degrees                  Song Title: Rodent
    Artist: N/A                             Artist: N/A
    Block #1 Colour: Silver                 Block #1 Colour: White
    Block #2 Colour: Gold                   Block #2 Colour: Red
    Unlocked: Puzzle Mode                   Unlocked: Puzzle Mode
    
    |  umines   /------------------------o  |  umines   /------------------------o
    |_ ----o----\      Morning Beats     |  |_ ----o----\         Tin Toy        |
        (000Z2)  \-----------------------o      (000Z3)  \-----------------------o
    
    Song Title: Morning Beats               Song Title: Tin Toy
    Artist: N/A                             Artist: N/A
    Block #1 Colour: White                  Block #1 Colour: White
    Block #2 Colour: Green                  Block #2 Colour: Orange
    Unlocked: Played Certain # of Hours     Unlocked: Played Certain # of Hours
    
    |  umines   /------------------------o
    |_ ----o----\       Prime Factor     |
        (000Z4)  \-----------------------o
    
    Song Title: Prime Factor
    Artist: N/A
    Block #1 Colour: White
    Block #2 Colour: Orange
    Unlocked: Played Certain # of Hours
    
    O============================================================================O
    |                                Version History                     (000X1) |
    O============================================================================O
    
    Version 0.00 - (April 19th, 2005) - Began the walkthrough
    Version 1.00 - (April 19th, 2005) - Completed the walkthrough
    
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