Sometimes a simple concept for a game is all that is needed to grab the attention of gamers. Sometimes you do not need fancy graphics, great sound, and all the bells and whistles you might want. With Coogles, what you get is what may seem like a simple game on the outside, but once you start playing you will soon realize that it's no easy game; the goal is simply to survive for as long as you can. With a challenging concept, some great music, and an all around fun game, this is one that will keep you entertained if you are a fan of this sort of line up puzzle games.
Once you load up the game, I would recommend reading the how to section. Not only about the rules but also about the different coloured special balls that will appear in the game besides the normal ones. You can also set the difficulty level in the setting tab to easy, normal, difficult or custom. On easy for example, you only need to connect 4 of the same coloured balls, on difficult you will need to connect 6, I’ll let you figure out how many you need to connect on normal.
Basically though the object of the game on default difficulty, being normal, is to connect 5 of the same coloured balls together. You can move balls around the board, anywhere you want on the board, as long as there is nothing blocking a particular ball. Once you do connect 5 balls, they will disappear and 3 new ones will appear. You have to keep making combos and clearing the board, before it fills up completely, otherwise its game over.
However, there are also special balls that will appear randomly to either help you out, or just cause problems. There is the two coloured ball, which allows you to use either of the two colours in a combo. The bomb, which when used in a combo, will delete all the balls in a vertical and horizontal radius. The coloured bomb does the same thing, except it also destroys all the colours on the board as well. There is also the rock ball, which you cannot move, but you can destroy simply by lining up a combo around the rock and when the combo is executed it will take out the rock. Finally there is the 2X and 4X multiplier ball, when used in a combo these will respectively double or quadruple your point total for that particular combo.
While the concept of this game may seem easy, it is quite fun. Trying your best to ensure that the board does not get filled, is really quite simple on the easy level, but on the difficult level, trying to get 6 balls in a combo, all the while facing 4 more balls appearing with each movement of a ball, can be overwhelming. This will definitely challenge game vets, as you have to plan your moves ahead, to ensure you do not block in certain colours of the balls that may mess up the combo that you have in mind. Plus the special balls add the arcade element into the game, which can give you an edge at times when things are looking down.
I have to mention as well that the music is superb. It is pretty much a very techno based sound track but it sounds really great and I think it fits well with this type of game. It is not distracting I found, however if you do find it distracting, you can turn it off if you wish. The sound effects too are on par and do not seem out of place.
Despite all this, there is only one background that you will see each time you play a game. Would have been nice if there was more variety; even different colours at the very least. It’s not really that big of a deal though, just a minor concern. Multiplayer would have been superb in this type of game though, but sadly it’s also missing.
Nevertheless, if you’re looking for a game to challenge your brain and your puzzle skills, look no further than Coogles.
Review by: DeathDude
Safe for all ages
Windows XP, 128MB RAM, 400 MHz CPU, OpenGL graphics (Geforce3 / Radeon 9500 or better)