Pick 'n Pile

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Amstrad CPC
Commodore 64
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Pick 'n Pile is a Tetris-style puzzle game. On each level there are a variety of symbols arranged in columns on the screen. By moving the symbols around, you need to create columns which contain identical symbols; once all the symbols in a column are the same, that column disappears. Your goal is to earn points and complete the levels by making all of the symbols on the screen disappear. Occasionally, you may become stuck with a symbol that doesn't match anything onscreen; when this happens, you can call for an additional symbol to drop onto the screen. However, as the symbol which appears is random you may need to create quite a few symbols before the one you need appears. Each level has a time limit in which it needs to be completed; run out of time and you lose a life; lose all lives and the game is over.

In addition to the regular symbols, there are also some special objects on the screen which may help or hinder your progress. These include bombs which destroy several symbols at once, blocks which may get in the way or be arranged to help out, death heads which diminish time more quickly, and flower pots which can't be moved.


Pick 'n Pile Apple IIgs Use the mouse pointer to choose a ball to move
Pick 'n Pile Commodore 64 When they match, they explode
Pick 'n Pile Commodore 64 Level 2
Pick 'n Pile DOS Title screen (CGA)

Alternate Titles

  • "Pick & Pile" -- Alternative Atari 2600 title spelling
  • "Pick 'N' Pile" -- Atari 2600 in-game title

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MicroHobby ZX Spectrum Jun, 1991 90 out of 100 90
Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Feb, 1991 80 out of 100 80
Atari ST User Atari ST Dec, 1990 73 out of 100 73
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga Nov, 1990 8 out of 12 67
Power Play Amiga Dec, 1990 65 out of 100 65
64'er Commodore 64 Aug, 1991 6 out of 10 60
Amiga Action Amiga Jan, 1991 60 out of 100 60
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Commodore 64 Aug, 1991 5.8 out of 12 48
ST Format Atari ST Dec, 1990 46 out of 100 46
Amiga Power Amiga May, 1991 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 33


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