If you're one of those people who love to watch news bites about domino rallies, well, you're in pretty sad shape. However, now there's a game that allows you to topple someone else's carefully crafted domino setup, and you may find that far more entertaining than the news.
Pushover is a one-player puzzler that's a cross between Lemmings and Krusty's Fun House.
You are G.I. Ant, a soldier ant that's trained in tactical maneuvers. Your mission is to find the nine bundles of cash hidden by Captain Rat in Domino Domain, a mini-world composed of 36 different domino puzzles. Topple all the blocks, making sure that the Trigger block is the last to fall, and you'll open the door to the next level. All this must be done within a given time period.
ProTip: A good strategy is to push a block and note where the blocks fail to create a reaction. When you try the level again, begin working from that point.
After completing a puzzle, you receive a token which you can spend in two ways: Use it to advance a level if you completed a puzzle after your time ran out, or use it to make the computer leave the blocks as they were before you lost the level.
Not all blocks are pushed from the top row. Try pushing these blocks from the bottom row and see where they fall.
Special blocks actually do most of the work in this game, and they're the most fun to watch. There are several kinds, including Splitters (split in half and tumble in both directions), Ascenders (rise up instead of fall down), and Bridgers (bridge gaps), plus move. You can pause the game at any time to bring up a screen that explains the function of each block. Pausing after your time limit has expired will even reveal a clue or two. G.l. Ant has the ability to rearrange and move any block, but he's only allowed to push over one block per level.
No matter how fast you are, some puzzles take up to the last second to complete. Once you start a chain reaction, stand near the exit so you can just zip through the door.
Pushy Little Fellow, Isn't He?
The graphics are secondary to the game play in this game. G.I. Ant is an extremely small sprite, and the domino graphics are basic. The backgrounds are nicely drawn, but they don't really enhance the game at all.
The music is good, with tunes that fit the mood of the different stages, like throbbing conga music in the jungle stage and techno hip-hop in the industrial stage. The sound effects are crystal clear, especially G.l. Ant letting out a shriek when he falls.
This puzzle seems to work, and the Trigger IS the last to fall. However, you'll need to pause and figure out the Zen clue.
Pushed Out of Shape
Pushover is a game for puzzle addicts only. The immense challenge and nit- picky detail required to finish some levels is definitely for advanced players. Pushover is fun, but it's no pushover.