Gear Works

a game by Teque London Ltd.

Platform: GameGear

Genre: Strategy/War

Here's a game that forces you to get your act in gear. In Gear Works you start with a truckload of gears. You have to lay them out in a line to get your motor runnin'. But there are mischievous Poffins throwing wrenches in your works, and you have to finish before the motor temperature melts your pistons.

Be a Spin Doctor

You start with one gear spinning on the left and one gear idle on the right. It's pretty simple to work the Game Gear buttons to drop gears into place, but it's quite another story to make sure they all mesh and spin. As you go further into the game, idle gears appear on the right side. To keep the gears turning, you have to lube the gears with oil, blow up misplaced gears, and blast the annoying Poffins.

The audio accompaniment consists of forgettable background music and simple sound effects. It does just what it should in this type of game - it doesn't get in the way.

The graphics, on the other hand, are simply too small. You'll strain as much over the Game Gear screen as you do over the puzzle you're trying to solve, and the puzzle should be your primary concern. Since you work against a clock, it gets very frustrating if you put down a gear and discover it's not what you thought it was.

As a result, Gear Works isn't nearly as enjoyable as it could be. What should be edge-of-your-seat, brain-stumping game play too often turns tedious. This game would play much better on a larger screen.

Slaving over a Hot Engine

Gear Works is a good concept and a great design, but it's hampered by the Game Gear format. If you don't mind risking your sight for a few hours as you labor over these brain teasers, by all means start this engine. Otherwise, take a vacation day and skip Works.

ProTips:

  • Leant which gears go together to make a working chain.
  • Don't worry too much about thiPoffins. The clock is vest enemy.
  • Don't waste bombs unless gears are in the way to finishing a level.

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Gear Works gets you in gear as you create clocks on 12 world monuments. In this strategy game, you have to connect toothed wheels in just the right patterns to make the clocks run. You've got to watch out for enemies, however, that will try to sabotage your mechanical creations by rusting the cogs and breaking off the pegs. It's a race to beat the clock as you grind gears around the world in this one-player cart.

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