Koala BR8 Koala BR8
Made by: Mark Overmars, Jacob Habgood
Website: http://book.gamemaker.nl/frames.htm?games3.ht...
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Cute graphics
Infinite retries
Challenging puzzles
Game is quite short
Music gets annoying

Dr Bruce is a mad scientist.  He has captured a group of koala bears in order to perform evil experiments on them.  They finally manage to break free from their cages, but they quickly realise that Dr Bruce has implanted a mind-control device into their brains.  They manage to overcome this device by combining their thoughts, and performing the same action at the same time. 

It is your job to help the koalas find their way through various rooms in the lab, and escape from the evil Dr Bruce once and for all.  This is harder than it sounds, and you must plan in advance.  The koala bears all move in the same direction at the same time, which causes all sorts of problems.  You really have to think about what you are doing, in order to navigate them to the exit.  This is a lovely game, and I found myself getting quite attached to the koala bears.


There are 20 levels in this game - 2 training levels (which are optional), and 18 game levels.  You must guide all of the koala bears safely to the exit(s) by using the arrow keys.  The levels are well thought out, and get progressively harder as the game goes on.  More and more koala bears are gradually added, and it gets very tricky navigating them though saw blades, dynamite, and other dangers. 

On some levels, there are blaster switches that blow up all of the dynamite on that level.  Of course, it's not always easy getting to the blaster switches.  There are also colour-coded switches to open coloured padlocks.  Some switches are on a timer, so you have to think fast before the padlock locks itself again.  

You can move the koalas around by using the arrow keys.  If you are stuck on a level, simply press 'R' to restart that level.  You never really die in this game.  If you fail a level, you are simply given another chance to complete it.  Press 'Escape' to return to the main menu.  The game automatically saves your progress when you quit, so you do not have to start from the beginning each time.  It's just a shame that there are only 18 levels (20, if you count the training levels) though.   


The whole game has a very 'cute' feel to it, and the koalas are very well animated.  The graphics are nice and colourful, making it fun to play.  When a koala is killed, he jumps up in pain.  This makes you try harder to save them all.  I thought it was a nice touch, showing the koalas you have already saved at the top of the screen. 


There are some nice sound effects in this game - my favourite was the 'Bala' that the koalas say as they are rescued.  You can also hear a loud 'bang' as dynamite explodes.  A nice touch was the ticking of the timer switches.  The music was quite nice and gentle.  It does not distract from the game, but it does get a bit repetitive after a while. 


This is an excellent puzzle game that I really enjoyed.  The koala bears are very cute, and you get quite attached to them.  You MUST save them from the evil Dr Bruce.  The game is surprisingly tricky, since they all move at the same time.  Just because one koala can safely move left, doesn't mean another koala can move left.  Their cry of 'Bala' as they are saved gives them a bit of personality.  The levels are well thought out, and the infinite retries was a welcome feature.  My only complaint is that the game was a bit short; more levels would have been nice. 

Why not download this game, and try it for yourself?

Review by: Frodo

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