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Puzznic (FM Towns)

Puzznic FM Towns Loading screen

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Description

The challenge in each level of Puzznic is to manoeuvre a selection of blocks into place so as to clear them all, by making them make contact with blocks of the same design. You control a cross-hair, which can move a block left or right, which can cause it to fall if there is no block under the space it would occupy.

There are many complications in terms of solving the levels. Moving platforms meaning that you need to move a block at a particular time, or in particular order, to prevent them being blockaded. In some situations there are an odd number of a certain type of block - solving these requires positioning two of the blocks one space apart, such that a move will result in a piece making contact with two others, and immediately removing all three. You will also encounter blocks positioned on platforms suspended in space and gaps in level arrangements meaning that a certain number of blocks must be in place to make a certain move possible (by forming a stack, for example).

The game structure is slightly unusual, as after you complete each batch of four levels you get a choice of two sets of levels - you are progressing through an expanding matrix of levels, which means there are two sets on level 2, three on level 3, four on level 4, and so on. This means that there are a total of 220 screens in the game. Each screen is played against a time limit, and losing a level (either by running out of time, or by making a poor move and leaving an impossible position) loses one of your three lives.

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Puzznic FM Towns Construction mode where you can design your own levels
Puzznic FM Towns The middle platform is moving, need to get the timing right
Puzznic FM Towns The FM Towns port is the only version that retains the naked women present in the original Japanese arcade release
Puzznic FM Towns Level 7, this stage is really difficult, you need to get the timing absolutely spot on otherwise you'll just take out 2 instead of 3 blocks

Alternate Titles

  • "パズニック" -- Japanese spelling

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Trivia

Arcade version

The arcade version of Puzznic featured pictures of women wearing little clothes between levels. This feature was removed in the home versions, although a vestige thereof remains in the PC Engine version.

NES version

The NES version features another game mode, called Gravnic, where pieces are moved around by changing the direction of gravity.
Sciere (243588) added Puzznic (FM Towns) on Mar 09, 2011
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