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The rose-coiorea Kingdom Rozen has a terrible case of the blues. Nasty invaders have literally painted the land blue. As Slider, a fuzzy furball hero, it's up to you put Rozen back in the pink.

A Pink Puzzler

Slider is a fun, single player puzzle/action game from Sega. You get 99 levels, each of which is built out of blue squares, that extend across several screens. You must slide over all the blue squares and turn them pink.

No problem? Wait. Each level has a time limit, and the entire world is overrun with Ghouls, Blobs, Firefaces, Octopi, and other cute-looking but deadly foes. One bite or blast and you go into aspinning tizzy.

The maze-like levels them-selves are no pushovers. Each one's laid out in a tricky pattern, featuring tough terrain. Since every level is suspended in space, one false step and you're a goner. Impenetrable blocks block your path. Some squares disintegrate when you touch them. Slick ice cubes can send you slipping into darkness.

However, Slider sports plenty of items and abilities that put you on even footing with any dangers. Slider shoots power bolts with unlimited ammo. Power-ups replenish your time, freeze your enemies, and make you invincible. And you get four lives, unlimited continues, and four letter passwords as you complete a level.

Go Along for the Slide

Slider is a good-looking, entertaining puzzler with just a whiff of shooter in it. Trying to see the details in the tiny power-ups will strain your eyes, but the cutesy graphics and animation are very good. With all the built-in aids there's no way any average player should get stuck in any one level, but going for all 99 levels definitely takes time and much thought. It will give you a good run, err...slide forthe money.

ProTips:

  • You can scrunch up against the impenetrable blocks to get a better angle on your shots.
  • Watch for Green Exits. They instantly warp you to the next level.
  • Painting Green Squares affects all enemies onscreen.
  • Sometimes Firefaces place squares across empty spaces.

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