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Loopz

MobyRank MobyScore
Game Boy
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3.8
PC-98
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4.5
Amstrad CPC
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Description

A puzzle game where the main goal is to make loops! Random pieces are presented over a board, including simple lines and corners as well as S bends and other warped shapes, of varying sizes. It is up to the player to link them up in a loop form, then moving on to the next level. Pieces can be placed on any empty space on the grid, and rotated into one of the four main compass directions.

Any pieces which are not part of the finished loop when a level is completed are left on the screen, so there is value in playing towards 2 distinct loops, to ensure that you have options depending on which pieces are drawn - unlike Pipe Dream there are no clues as to which pieces are coming next.

Three play modes are available, two of which can be played with two players. Game A is freestyle - simply make loops, gaining extra points for size and style.

Game B is about unlocking bonus boards of the game by reaching a certain score and uses a bonus multiplier method depending on loop difficulty.

The third mode of play begins with an already made loop and then removes random pieces of it, so the player has to put them back in when they appear again. It is essentially a memory test and logic puzzle of fitting the pieces back as one remembers - although placing a piece where it seems to fit is also often effective.

Screenshots

Loopz NES Title Screen
Loopz DOS I got this loop together even faster! (CGA)
Loopz Atari ST The third one in destroyed state
Loopz Sharp X68000 Crystal graphic

Alternate Titles

  • "Convolution" -- Working title

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The Press Says

Amiga Joker Amiga Feb, 1991 86 out of 100 86
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Commodore 64 Mar, 1991 9.8 out of 12 82
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga Jan, 1991 9.4 out of 12 78
Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Apr, 1991 77 out of 100 77
Commodore Format Commodore 64 Apr, 1991 75 out of 100 75
Power Play Amiga Dec, 1990 75 out of 100 75
Power Play Game Boy Jul, 1991 72 out of 100 72
ST-Computer Atari ST Jan, 1991 7 out of 10 70
64'er Commodore 64 May, 1991 7 out of 10 70
Video Games NES Feb, 1992 69 out of 100 69

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Awards

  • ST Format
    • Issue 01/1991 - #10 Best Puzzle Game in 1990

Contributed to by Trypticon (8240), Kabushi (126385), Martin Smith (63136), Terok Nor (19022) and Keeper Garrett (963)