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a game by Red Rat Software
Genres: Puzzles & Words, Platformer
Platforms: PC, SNESSNES
Editor Rating: 6/10, based on 1 review, 2 reviews are shown
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See also: Puzzle Games

Adorable creatures and teeth-gnashingly tricky puzzles: Stick 'em together and you get a great computer game. Such was the case with Lemmings, and such is the case with Push-Over, an action/puzzle game that comes remarkably close to matching Lemmings for sheer fun.

The adorable creature in this case is G.l. Ant, an insect on a mission to find the Treasure Caves of the ubiquitous Captain Rat. To get to the caves, G.l. has to pass through Domino Domain, a world of nine continents and 100 levels. Each level has an exit door and a group of dominoes placed on platforms. To open the exit door, G.l. must push over all of the dominoes. Unfortunately, he only gets a single push to knock over every domino, and one particular domino, called the Trigger, has to be the last to fall. If that weren't enough, G.l. also has to race the clock and finish each level within a certain period of time.

There are nine types of dominoes, each with a unique appearance and unique characteristics. Normal dominoes simply topple and fall; tumbler dominoes keep tumbling until they hit a fallen domino; ascender dominoes float upward when hit; bridger dominoes turn into bridges to fill gaps; splitter dominoes split into two dominoes toppling in opposite directions; and the other four types are just as varied.

G.I.'s a strong insect, and he can pick up and move the dominoes around. This is a skill he'll use often, since most levels require the dominoes to be set up in a precise order. G.l. can also survive short falls, although it's more prudent to use ladders if they are present in the level you are currently on.

When a level is successfully completed, G.l. earns a token, which can be used in two ways. If you complete a level, but run out of time, using a token advances you to the next level. If you fail a level for any reason other than running out of time, using a token resets the level to just before you made your push. The manual mentions bundles of cash that are found when certain levels are completed without tokens, and it also states that you need to find ten bundles to play the 100th and final level. There aren't bundles of cash in the game, however, but bags of a British snack food called Quavers. It seems that someone paid to have Quavers promoted and used in the game, and Ocean simply forgot to rewrite the instruction manual.

Push-Over's graphics are colorful and clean, and G.l. is a well-animated character; he taps his foot after standing still for a few moments and raises his fist in victory when a level is completed. The sound and music are also well done, particularly G.I.'s heartbreaking cry when he falls to his doom.

To sum up, Push-Over is one of the most playable puzzle games since Lemmings. It's fun to play, fun to look at and extremely challenging. Puzzle-game fans, and even casual gamers, should give Push-Over a look-see.

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP


System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP
  • Pentium II (or equivalent) 266MHz (500MHz recommended), RAM: 64MB (128MB recommended), DirectX v8.0a or later must be installed

Game Reviews

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.

Ant Misbehavin'

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.

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