“ Collect water & evaporate it whilst trying not to lose too much water flowing over the edge of the world which will end up in defeat. Shapes drop in various guises either to aid or hinder your chances. Multiple levels, hidden bonuses. „
Puzzle games are about as rare as adventure games on the PC but when Wetrix came out it was a hark back to the days when Tetris was king. Wetrix received warm reviews from various magazines, its a very highly polished little game that provides many hours of entertainment and like all good puzzle games its addictive. Wetrix is all about water. You start off with a flat piece of land, soon different shapes will start to drop down, and these shapes get more complicated as the game goes on. As the game progresses you get other things which will effect the land, the most common being 'Downers' these are just like the shapes that fall from the sky but these make the land go down. Soon water droplets will fall and this is where the game really begins. You must keep the water from spilling over the edge or else you flood the land at the game is over (excess water is indicated by a helpful bar at the right hand side of the screen) sounds simple? Well no. You see keeping the water in is all well and good but you can run into some problems. For a start if you make your land too high then you can cause an Earthquake and this can send water everywhere. Soon bombs and mines will begin to fall, causing you to rethink how you build up the land. There are helpful things like Fireballs, which will evaporate the water though but drop them on dry land and you will cause a hole. There are some very nice quirks in the game. For example make a deep enough lake and a little Rubber Ducky will appear when these little guys start quacking you know you will get some nice bonus points. Also make your lake big enough and you will get a Rainbow. You can have as many lakes as you can fit onto the land; the more you have the more points you get. Wetrix is really a Solo game at heart and there are many different game types in the game. WETRIX CLASSIC - Is the normal version of Wetrix and you play normally, trying to build l akes up. The Level will increase every few minutes or so, changing the landscape. And, in true Tetris style, the speed in which pieces drop increases. WETRIX PRO - The same as Wetrix Classic except this one starts on Level 5. PRACTICE MODE - To get used to the game this will help people manage the simple functions of how to play PUZZLE MODES (CHALLENGE) Challenge modes are an extension from the normal game. The game is as normal but you will have a certain objective to achieve, like placing X number of pieces on the land whilst at Level 10. PUZZLE MODES (HANDICAP) These have no set challenge but may start off, or contain a problem later on. This could range from excess water at the start or a lot of holes in the land. 2 PLAYER MODE This follows the same rules but this time the players can battle each other by building up energy, its from this they can launch an attack on another player, like Ice, Bombs etc. The game is played on a split screen mode; this is not perfect but is a nice addition. The graphics and the sound of the game are very crisp and cute; there are many nice details in the game, as mentioned before. Even the menu is nicely done. So downsides? Well it does get hard very quickly, which may annoy some people but practice makes perfect. Its not groundbreaking either but it doesn’t need to be because what it sets out to do it does well. WETRIX IS A puzzle game Impressive Quirky WETRIX IS NOT The next Quake A Tetris rip off Wet at all
In a word, no. This game is not just a quickly constructed cash in on the tetris style puzzler. When you begin the game you have set out infront of you small square 3D landscape. In Tetris like fashion items begin falling from the sky. These are not blocks but a collection of things. Firstly you have 'Uppers' which raise the land and 'Downers' which lower the land. These two come in the shapes much like Tetris's blocks. Once you've had fun deforming the land water drops begin to fall. You have to place the drops into areas that will hold the water which gains you more points. The game is at it's most basic just creating lakes to hold water but then other bonuses are thrown in, too countless to list. A few comprise of the rainbow which you achieve by having a lake either the same size as the length or width of the game board. Another is the ducks bonus where each lake has a duck floating in it, if your map has turned into one big disorganised mess you won't get this type of bonus. As with Tetris the game sounds far to simplistic but it also borrows the trait of being highly addictive. The only flaws that could be levelled at it is it's repetitive nature with only so much you can do, but it is a puzzler after all. I felt I had to write an opinion as it has just gone budget and is now on sale for £5 and like they say you can't go wrong for a fiver.