Prism: Light the Way (Nintendo DS)

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Prism: Light the Way is a cutesy puzzle game set inside a black hole. It is based on the conceit that black holes are the natural habitat of quantum beings called Glowbos that feed on light. When the light is blocked by a space monster, the Glowbos risk starvation until a race of light-emitting creatures called Bulboids (effectively controlled by the player) arrive to save them.

The basic principle of the game is to bend rays of light (which always travel at right angles) so that they hit colour-coded targets at the edge of the playing area (an 8x8 grid). To achieve this the player can move any of the pieces (Bulboids, mirrors, coloured filters, prisms, etc.) on the grid. Pieces can be dragged to any free space on the board (so you don’t have to shuffle pieces about as you would with a sliding tile puzzle) but cannot be rotated.

The game features a “time attack” arcade mode (where the player must clear randomly-generated levels to earn extra time), a free play mode which removes the timer, a puzzle mode where the player must complete increasingly difficult handmade levels, and (in the PC version only) a fast-paced shooting gallery mode where targets and playing pieces are dropped onto the board intermittently, and the player must constantly rearrange the pieces to hit all the targets before they go critical.


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Critic Reviews Feb 02, 2008 9 out of 10 90
Gamers' Temple, The 2007 75 out of 100 75
Gaming Age Nov 13, 2007 B 75
Game Informer Magazine Dec, 2007 7.5 out of 10 75
1UP Oct 16, 2007 B 75
IGN Oct 22, 2007 7 out of 10 70
Gamernode Oct 17, 2007 7 out of 10 70
GameSpot Oct 25, 2007 6.5 out of 10 65 Oct 14, 2007 61 out of 100 61
Game Shark Nov 06, 2007 C+ 58


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In the Windows shareware release, you are allowed thirty minutes of game play then you must purchase and register the full version to play longer.

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Kabushi (209311) added Prism: Light the Way (Nintendo DS) on Sep 27, 2007
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