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The Brainies

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Amstrad CPC
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This puzzle game has 101 levels, in which you have to guide a varying number of Brainies of four different colors onto a spot that matches their color. You control a cross-hair, and press fire while over a Brainy to take or give up control of its motion. Running out of time costs you a life.

The challenge lies in the fact that you can only control the direction in which a Brainy will walk. Once this is set, he will continue to walk until he hits a wall, an obstacle or another Brainy.

To make things a bit more complicated, there are various obstacles like arrows that change the direction a Brainy is walking in and items than can optionally be picked up.


The Brainies DOS Title screen (VGA)
The Brainies DOS Level start with password code (VGA)
The Brainies DOS Game over! (VGA)
The Brainies DOS Subsequent levels get more complicated (VGA)

Alternate Titles

  • "Tiny Skweeks" -- European title
  • "The Tinies" -- Title from Kalisto release

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The Press Says

ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga Sep, 1992 9 out of 12 75
GamePro (US) SNES Feb, 1995 3.5 out of 5 70
All Game Guide SNES 1998 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
ST Format Atari ST Dec, 1992 68 out of 100 68
Amiga Joker Amiga Oct, 1992 64 out of 100 64
Amiga Games Amiga Jan, 1993 64 out of 100 64
CU Amiga Amiga Dec, 1992 51 out of 100 51
Power Play Amiga Sep, 1992 50 out of 100 50
PC Games (Germany) DOS Dec, 1992 50 out of 100 50
Video Games & Computer Entertainment SNES Jun, 1995 5 out of 10 50


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Even in Europe, the connection to the popular Skweek series was made late, as Amiga Power magazine previewed the game under the title The Brainies.
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