Money Puzzle Exchanger

aka: Money Idol Exchanger
Moby ID: 35678

Description

Money Puzzle Exchanger is a puzzle game similar to Magical Drop only with coins. It was originally created by FACE and released for the Neo Geo arcade cabinets.

You can move the mini character at the bottom of the screen left or right, grab coins and drop them somewhere else. There are six types of coins: 1, 5, 10, 50, 100 and 500. The goal is to form connecting groups of coins. Coins are combined (vertically and/or horizontally) to form higher valued coins. For example, if you put five 1 coins together, they will disappear and form one 5 coin. Two 5's make one 10, five 10's make one 50 etc. Two 500 coins put together just disappear and give you 1000 points.

The game is lost when coins reach the bottom of the playing area. You can make chain reactions to launch attacks to the other player in vs-mode, or just for bonus points in single player.

Spellings

  • マネーアイドルエクスチェンジャー - Japanese spelling

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  • Starman
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  • Piggy
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  • JC Staff
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Average score: 75% (based on 4 ratings)

Players

Average score: 3.5 out of 5 (based on 7 ratings with 1 reviews)

Money! Money! Yay!

The Good
If you’re familiar with upside down Tetris-styled games, this one you can get the hang of in a trice. If you’re scratching your head in confusion there are easy instructions. For a varied type of gameplay, you have some versus modes and a continuous mode. The gameplay itself is thrilling as you match and merge the coins together, it’s a pleasure to watch that value increase and turn into points. Your dexterity will truly be tested as you try to clean out that money as fast as you can. For presentation just look at the characters' comical reactions, typical anime series style. Brilliant fun.

The Bad
The first thing you’ll notice that will let you down is that you can only play as Sakura the exchanger and Asahi the debtmiser in the single player and continuous modes. Other characters can only be played in the two player modes. In fact you don’t really get much background information on the characters. You don’t even get any plot or characters’ endings, just a plain credits screen. Good luck finding the manga and folder related to the game.

Music tunes fall short on variety and seem to repeat with short loops and get reused for most characters. You only have a couple of unique tunes for particular characters. There should have been one tune per character.

The Bottom Line
Before merging tiles and objects was common on mobile games, we got this. Despite being a Puzzle Bobble or Magical Drop clone, this title has its own sort of charm to make any retro player that loves money want to play. Doesn’t really have the lasting replayability that you would hold dear, but it is worth a try. It’s a miracle that it did come out at all, no thanks to Data East’s lawsuit. But that’s all in the past now that this title has been generously ported on newer consoles, so you have multiple opportunities to play it.

Arcade · by Kayburt (31070) · 2022

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Contributors to this Entry

Game added by BdR.

PS Vita added by Fred VT. PSP, PlayStation 3 added by Charly2.0. Arcade added by f1reball. Nintendo Switch, Windows Apps, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 added by Rik Hideto. Windows added by big jim.

Additional contributors: chirinea, Sciere.

Game added September 6, 2008. Last modified April 4, 2024.