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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.


Prism: Light the Way Browser If I select 'Play', I can choose timed or puzzle.
Prism: Light the Way Windows The puzzle is solved.
Prism: Light the Way Browser If I choose 'Puzzle', I can select which puzzle to try. There is no time limit but I can't get the next 8 until I finish these.
Prism: Light the Way Windows When you exit the shareware release, you get this screen.

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Critic Reviews Nintendo DS Feb 02, 2008 9 out of 10 90
GameTrailers Nintendo DS Nov 15, 2007 8.5 out of 10 85
Cheat Code Central Nintendo DS 2007 3.8 out of 5 76
Gamers' Temple, The Nintendo DS 2007 75 out of 100 75
Game Informer Magazine Nintendo DS Dec, 2007 7.5 out of 10 75 Nintendo DS Oct 17, 2007 7.4 out of 10 74
GameZone Nintendo DS Oct 29, 2007 7 out of 10 70
GameDaily Nintendo DS Oct 31, 2007 7 out of 10 70
Gamernode Nintendo DS Oct 17, 2007 7 out of 10 70
Game Shark Nintendo DS 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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