Review by Neo7

Reviewed: 03/09/06

Time to save the universe one last time...again...

This game has brought joy to me like never before. Just like the Tetris craze on the GameBoy and the Tetris Attack sweep on the SNES, Meteos dominates the DS like no other puzzle game out there. Like the above, Meteos is a fast paced puzzle game which was inspired by Tetris and loved by puzzle fans.

Storyline: 6/10
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Hey...it's a puzzle game. I'd be surprised if any puzzle game would have a good story behind it. Still, it did a better than what most puzzle games would have as stories.

Meteos takes place with the settings around the universe. The evil planet Meteo is send unknown matter around to planets know as Meteos. Once a planet becomes over-saturated with Meteos, it experiences a planet nova and ceases to exist. Luckily, the citizens of the planet Geolyte find a way to counter attack and send the Meteos into the sky. They begin to build the Metamo Ark to send off to Meteo to destroy the planet and save the universe.

With the destruction of Meteos, you'll receive an ending to as how the universe was (or was not) resolved. There are a total of 12 endings for you to see and each of them special in it's own way.

Gameplay: 10/10
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This one of the most addicting games you'll ever have in your hands. With a very high replay value, you can literally pick this up over and over and expect different results. The ability to connect 4 players with a single game-pack for multi-player action makes it even better.

You have the following different modes to play with this game: Simple (set rules, set opponents, and go), Star-Trip (Save the universe and defeat Meteo), Time War (See how high of a score you can get in a time frame or how fast you can launch a certain amount of Meteos), and Deluge (Play until you fail). You can also send a demo version to other DS for them to enjoy until they turn it off.

During they actually gameplay, you start off with 3 rows of Meteos with more raining down on you. Aligning 3 or more of the same elemental Meteos (by moving them up and down via the stylus or using the D-Pad and A) will launch them back up. Should your screen overfill with Meteos, you lose a life (if you don't have any lives, the game is over). Other items also appear at random with various effects (One example being the the super rocket which launches all the stacks of Meteos). You win once all your opponents experience a planet nova and lose all of their lives.

It is recommended that you don't use the D-Pad buttons for control (as it is very hard and somewhat jerky with movement). Although with some practice with it, you should be able to to a moderate like level of playing Tetris Attack. The stylus offers faster (and more) control and adds an interesting concept of it's own.

Graphics/Sound: 10/10
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If you played Tetris Attack or Puzzle League, you'll find the sound system to be very similar. The various themes to each stage make it interesting and launch Meteos will always put a smile on your face.

The sound for a level will start out at a steady/peaceful paces. As more and more Meteos stack up, the music will change to a more drastic tone. With each launch you make, you will hear a sound effect. It becomes much more energetic and fast paced as the magnitude of your launch becomes greater. You can even access several of these songs via the Extra Menu (once fused properly).

Although the graphics arn't all that great (hey! It's a puzzle game on a handheld) it does show nice organization and the different theme backgrounds of each stage were indeed a nice touch.

Play Time/Replayability: 10/10
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Just like in the old days with the birth of Tetris, you'll find yourself playing this game non-stop (possibly developing unhealthy addictions to your DS). The only downside is self-control on your schedule.

Sure, the game takes about 10-15 minutes to go through the planets and destroy Meteo, but the game developers were one step ahead of you. Not only do you see an ending, but it's only one of 12. You get to play through to unlock them all (as well as some other goodies).

Another thing that will keep you launching and launching is the ability to unlock various things with the elemental Meteos you have launched (to include new levels, new items, and other things). To get the required Meteos to "fuse" these new objects will require you to play through and build your sill.

My Rating: 9/10
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A definite must buy even if you're not so much of a hardcore puzzle gamer. Even if you won't play it everyday, you'll be glad to be taking it with you on long trips and such.

Summary Notes
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+: Excellent Replay value
+: Nice unlockable system
+: Ability to send demo version to others
+: Ability to verse those who do not have the game.
-: The Star-Trip is a bit weak and short lived
-: The controls for the D-Pad are hopeless


Rating:   4.5 - Outstanding

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