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Gear Works

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Game Gear
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4.0
Commodore 64
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Amiga
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4.2
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Description

This top-down puzzle game starts with a screen featuring a number of red cogs at different parts of the screen, and a grid of pegs (which become less complete on later levels). Your task on each level is to use a number of gears of one of 3 different sizes to ensure that all the pegs are linked together. All this has to be completed before the engine overheats.

Making life harder are two creatures with the peculiar name ‘Poffins’. One of these goes around removing pegs, and the other causes the engine to overheat further. They can be shot out of the way, or have gears placed over them to stop them.

There’s also a bonus round, which is a fruit machine, only with cogs and other things from the game rather than fruit.

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Gear Works DOS It's sandy in here
Gear Works Commodore 64 Placing the gears
Gear Works DOS Moving on to Egypt
Gear Works DOS Another level completed

Alternate Titles

  • "Clik-Clak" -- European title

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The Press Says

Mega Fun Game Boy Jun, 1994 75 out of 100 75
Game Players Game Gear Oct, 1993 74 out of 100 74
CU Amiga Amiga Oct, 1993 71 out of 100 71
Megablast Game Gear Dec, 1993 68 out of 100 68
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga Apr, 1992 8 out of 12 67
GamePro (US) Game Gear Jan, 1994 3 out of 5 60
Power Unlimited Game Boy Jan, 1994 6 out of 10 60
Amiga Joker Amiga Jan, 1992 58 out of 100 58
Tilt Amiga Oct, 1993 47 out of 100 47

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