Pushover

a game by Red Rat Software
Platform: PC
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Pushover
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Pushover

Originally Released On the Amiga in 1992 and accompanied by a heavy Quavers sponsorship, Pushover was a game in which you must rescue ex-Quavers mascot Colin Curly's packets of Quavers. You were GI Ant, the ant, and somehow the fact that some cartoon bulldog dropped a crate of highly processed potato snacks down your anthill raised the challenge of having to topple dominoes in a particular order to make a certain one fall last.

This freeware remake has removed the artery-clogging tasty snack endorsements, leaving just the dominotoppling fun behind. GI Ant reprises his role as the toppler, and every level from the gentle introduction to the mind-numbingly complex later puzzles is reproduced perfectly. It's a simple concept, and one which precedes fancy physics engines seen in similar puzzle games like Armadillo Run. GI Ant can only push one domino, a puzzle mechanic explained by the fact that after pushing something once, an ant is too knackered to do anything else but run.

The best method of floaty light snack retrieval is, as ever, making the domino with three stripes across it fall down last and making sure it lies flat as well as having every other domino fall too. Dominoes can be picked up and moved, and there are a handful of different domino types, distinguished by their semaphore-like markings. Some of them split in two, others fall upwards and some even explode - but there's only one way to do each puzzle. Retro genius strikes again.

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

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