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Polarium (Nintendo DS)

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This is a puzzle game similar to Tetris in that blocks fall from above, and to clear the lines before the screen fills up, you must create horizontal lines of all the same color (either black or white). To change the color (or "polarity") of a block, you must select it with the stylus, then tap it again to make the block flip. You can also drag the stylus along the screen to change the polarity if many block at the same time.

There is also a puzzle mode where time isn't as critical. Blocks aren't falling, but are just in a certain pattern on the screen. The object is to make the polarity of every block in each horizontal line the same. But the trick is to do the entire screen with one swipe of the stylus. There are 100 puzzles in this mode and they can get very difficult.

The most addicting part of this game is the multiplayer. Utilizing the DS's two screens, you can see your blocks and your opponent's blocks. As you create a horizontal line all of the same polarity, that line is then scrambled and sent to your adversary. The object is to clear your screen before your opponent does. The multiplayer mode does not require 2 Game Cards to play. In fact, when the game is sent over to another DS through the IPL, they don't even need to play multiplayer. The person that received the game can play a simple demo of the game by themselves.


Polarium Nintendo DS Main Menu

Alternate Titles

  • "黑白两极" -- Chinese Title (Simplified)
  • "直感ヒトフデ" -- Japanese spelling
  • "One-Line Puzzle" -- Working Title
  • "Chokkan Hito Fude" -- Japanese Title

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Gamezine Mar 12, 2005 18 out of 20 90 Mar 25, 2005 86 out of 100 86
Gaming Target May 30, 2005 8.1 out of 10 81
Game Informer Magazine Jun, 2005 8 out of 10 80
Sliced Gaming (GameBiz) Apr 29, 2005 80 out of 100 80
GameZone Apr 30, 2005 7.9 out of 10 79
IGN Apr 15, 2005 7.8 out of 10 78
Da Gameboyz 2005 7.5 out of 10 75 Mar 11, 2005 14 out of 20 70 (UK) Mar 22, 2005 7 out of 10 70


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Codigitty (52) added Polarium (Nintendo DS) on Apr 16, 2005