Solomon's Key for the NES was released in Japan on this day in 1986.


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An action/puzzle game, the object is to catch assorted color falling tiles and create rows, columns, or diagonals of a single color. Each level requires a different pattern to be made, and the tiles fall faster, more at a time, and in an increasing number of colors as the game progresses.


Klax Game Boy Wave selection screen (U.S. version)
Klax Amiga Title screen
Klax Game Boy Beginning of a wave (Japanese version)
Klax Lynx Gameplay hints are on every level description

Alternate Titles

  • "クラックス" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

Always seemed more challenging and exciting than Tetris to me Amiga Martin Smith (76)
Another fine example of the Lynx coin-op port legacy. Lynx Trixter (8739)
Not recommended for addictive personality types and people who are color DOS Toastt (3)

The Press Says

VideoGame NES Apr, 1991 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
TOS-Magazin Atari ST May, 1990 10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars 100
Génération 4 Atari ST Apr, 1990 96 out of 100 96
The Atari Times Lynx May 05, 2003 95 out of 100 95
Atari HQ Lynx 1995 9 out of 10 90
Power Play Lynx Dec, 1990 90 out of 100 90
Video Games TurboGrafx-16 Mar, 1991 90 out of 100 90
neXGam Game Gear 2007 8.4 out of 10 84
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Commodore 64 Sep, 1990 830 out of 1000 83
ST-Computer Atari ST Nov, 1990 8 out of 10 80


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1001 Video Games

Klax appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Arcade version

Strictly speaking, this isn't a coin-op conversion per se, as the home and arcade versions were developed alongside each other. The top home versions (PC, Amiga and ST) are identical to the arcade game.

Atari 2600 version

According to, this was the last game released for the Atari 2600 by Atari. Although it was ported to the NTSC format, it was never released in that format.


  • Amiga Joker
    • Issue 01/1991 – #2 Best Dexterity Game in 1990
  • Power Play
    • Issue 01/1991 - Best Puzzle Game in 1990 (Amiga, Atari ST and C64 versions)
  • ST Format
    • Issue 01/1991 - Best Puzzle Game in 1990
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