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Zyconix

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Description

Zyconix is an arcade puzzle game.

Colored blocks raining down on a playfield, we’ve seen that before. Zyconix takes the Columns principle (align three or more bricks of the same color to make them disappear) and adds a few twists of its own:

  • First, there are no groups or columns of stones, only single blocks.
  • Second, several of them slide down at once, and you select and move them with a cursor.
  • Third, only horizontal and diagonal lines disappear, but not stacks of the same color.


Add a few special objects from bombs to drills to a breakout ball that you can actually deflect grabbing a brick as a paddle, mix with four play modes (normal, pre-filled playfield and two time trial variants), and the result is a fast-pasted, tricky test of agility.

Two players can compete in split-screen mode, where each removed line turns the corresponding number of bricks on the opponent’s field into indestructible obstacle blocks. Soloists adjust the difficulty level by tweaking the number of blocks in a line (from three to six), number of colors and frequency of new stones appearing.

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Zyconix DOS Four characters represent the four game modes, each with their own set of music.
Zyconix DOS Time trial: Indestructable blocks grow from the bottom of the playfield.
Zyconix DOS Title screen.
Zyconix DOS Two-player mode: Removed lines turn your opponent’s bricks into steel bricks.

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The Press Says

Joystick (French) Amiga Nov, 1992 76 out of 100 76
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) DOS Feb, 1993 7 out of 12 58
PC Games (Germany) DOS Jan, 1993 56 out of 100 56
Amiga Joker Amiga Nov, 1992 42 out of 100 42

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Trivia

Amiga and PC versions feature different musical styles. The PC version has Jazz, Lift music, Classical music and Blues, the Amiga goes for Jazz, Rave, Funk and Soul.
Contributed to by -Chris (7355) and Martin Smith (63136)