Three for the Road: Packin' Plax, Big Box of Blox and BlockOut 8k

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Three for the Road
·  · ·· November 28st, 2010: Big Box of Blox, BlockOut 8k and Packin' Plax ·· ·  ·

Welcome back to Three for the Road. So I've been sitting here this morning lounging to some Richard Cheese and trying to figure out what we should take a look at. So far we've covered quite a few platformers and shoot'em up's but we haven't checked out that many puzzlers...

So that's just what we're going to do this week.

Big Box of Blox is a fair Columns clone with a few twists. It's was at one time a commercial title but it's now offered for the low price of free. The game is available for the both PC and Mac platforms.

From the site: "Digital Eel's Big Box of Blox is a column stacking game taken to outrageous extremes! The rules are simple. With easy keystrokes carefully arrange the three-blox-high columns as they fall. Match blox in each column to eliminate rows. The gameplay is very easy going at first glance -but there's more!

Why just simply stack blox? What if you could smash them, blast them, squish them or mutate them? Digital Eel's Big Box of Blox introduces jokers, bombs, hidden blox, frogs, fireballs, slot machines, "wild" blox, boulders and lots of surprises to keep your eyes, ears, brain and fingers happy and challenged. (And that's a tall order!)"

BlockOut 8k is an 8k remake of the 3D Tetris clone BlockOut that was released at The Ultimate Meeting 2005.

There's not too much else to say about the game. It's a great remake of Blockout and at only 8k this should be on everyones USB stick.

Controls: (Esc = quit, P = pause, cursor keys = move block, Q / A = rotate block around X (left-right) axis, W / S = rotate block around Y (bottom-up) axis, E / D = rotate block around Z (front-back) axis, Space = drop block)

Packin' Plax is an exceptional Klax clone. For those not familiar with the game play, you are basically still playing a match three game. Colored plaques roll down the conveyor belt and you pick them up and flip them onto a table. You are trying to get three colors connected either horizontally, vertically or diagonally. Catch plaques with the loader which you move via the arrow keys. Hit space to flip the plaque onto the table at the loaders current position. If you you miss catching five plaques the game ends. Certain power-ups and leveling can negate having lost a plaque.

Hope you enjoyed this weeks picks. See you again on Wednesday.


Mark Vergeer
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Joined: 01/16/2006
Great stuff Chip!

Thanks for sharing these great games. It's fun playing them and trying them out.


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