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on April 8, 2009
Really there isn't anything like it on XBLA. If you never have played it on the PSP, which I hadn't, you need to grab this game on XBLA. At 10 dollars its a steal, I grabbed it when it was full price around launch. The basic gameplay is like this. You have set puzzle pieces, like Tetris however they'll always be 4 pieces in a square, that you have to arrange either by rotating to the left or right to make a minimum of 4 corresponding colored/patterned squares adhere to each other. If you set up chain reactions you get more points, along with making bigger and bigger matches. Get x4, x8 or even x 10 bonus points and see how many different combination of bonuses you can get before the white line passes by. As the levels increase the line increases in speed while every other level returns to normal or gives you a break with a slow relaxing, or time to eliminate a pile of garbage, speed.
Ah yes, more info about this magic line. Throughout the game there is a line that travels from left to right, wrapping back to the left, and repeat. Anytime you make a match or a sequence of the same colors together in a square-like shape they highlight awaiting the white line. Then the line passes over them and your matches disappear with the total bonus points being added to your score. There are also times when the game gives you a wild card-like piece which you can use to clear all of that same touching color pieces. This can save you from defeat many times over or just clear off a good section of jumbled pieces. Why am I telling you this, grab the demo and see for yourself haha.
It's actually very addicting and the payoff is loads of bonus points, staying alive and listening to the interesting musical experience. The musical experience is always different because it is directly relatable to your inputs in the game, move the left you have a sound effect/right different sound effect/clear a match sound effect/eliminate a lot of blocks and you get yes another sound effect! There is a background loopable track being played in the background so its not like you're just playing space invaders.
The add ons might be a rip off to you but I liked the game and wanted to support the dev team, (I like Advance Challenge Pack over the original). Its a game that's easy to play, A or B rotates piece and left stick moves it, but hard to master, (to know where to put each piece and which way to rotate creating chain reactions or not hindering yourself doesn't come right off the bat).