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For around 4000 years the Chinese have been enthralled by this puzzle concept. It consists of a set of 7 shapes, representing squares, triangles and trapezoids, which must be arranged to form a pre-defined pattern. In this version there are 200, representing things such as animals and buildings.

The shapes are on the right of the screen, and you move the mouse cursor over one to select it, then place it onto the shape as required. They can be rotated using the right mouse button.

All this is done against a time limit. As well as points for clearing a level, you get bonus time for completing them with time to spare. This bonus time can then be used on later levels if you run out of the allotted time. Once you have no bonus time, you can dig into your main score to provide more time.

There are two difficulty levels - the Novice level sees time elapse half as quickly as the Expert mode, and presents the levels in an approximate order of difficulty, whereas in Expert mode they are in randomised order.


Tangram Atari ST I didn't solve this one
Tangram Atari ST The pattern's symmetrical, but is the solution?
Tangram Atari ST Game start
Tangram Atari ST Credits

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ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Atari ST Jun, 1991 9.2 out of 12 77
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga Jun, 1991 9.2 out of 12 77
Amiga Computing Amiga Sep, 1991 75 out of 100 75
CU Amiga Amiga Aug, 1991 70 out of 100 70
Amiga Joker Amiga May, 1991 62 out of 100 62
Amiga Format Amiga Aug, 1991 60 out of 100 60
Power Play Amiga Aug, 1990 48 out of 100 48
Amiga Power Amiga Aug, 1991 40 out of 100 40


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