Part two of our Hexacto reviews this week includes another popular Pocket PC game, Slurp. The screenshots make this look like another rapid-fire tapping game, but it’s really pure strategy.
The premise of Slurp is deceptively simple: You are presented with a board of colored drops of between 3 and 7 colors. Tap groups of two or more to remove them, and drops that are on top of them fill fall down. Anyone who has played Samegame will immediately take to Slurp. But here s the catch–any drops not removed solidify at the beginning of the next level, reducing playing space. When playing space is all gone, you lose. It sounds easy but it s not, requiring forethought and a lot of strategy. A single poor move can cripple your game board, making it challenging and extremely addictive for anyone who enjoys a little puzzling.
I can certainly see this one lasting you through the winter. The game provides 5 different difficulty factors in the number of colors you have to deal with, and the board becomes more difficult to work with as it shrinks and develops cul-de-sacs. A high-resolution version is planned, which will be available as a free upgrade to owners.
– The Wraith
Again, the high resolutotion version will make this game much more playable for many Clie and Tungsten owners. This version is a little blurry on my NX70V, although it’s quite playable and still fun. Being a Palm OS user for many years, I’ve not been aware of Hexacto’s exploits. These games are well done and a good sign of things to come.
Requirements: Color screen Palm OS 3.5 or higher 210 KB free memory