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Push!

by Sei, 2006

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The graphics're adorable, and quite polished. The characters themselves are cartoonish, and solving the puzzles even has its own animations.

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Music's cheery, upbeat and overall of decent quality. The MIDI, however, resembles elevator music a little bit too much.

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The game itself consists out of nonogram puzzles. These are puzzles where you're given a grid with numbers on the sides. The meaning is to draw a picture there, following those numbers on the sides. If it says 2 5, it means in that row, there're two blocks attached, then 5.

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What makes a game a game? Is it the graphics? Is it the fun? Is it the storyline? One thing is for sure: For Push!, it definitely isn't the storyline, although it does create a good laugh to anybody who follows it.

Push! is a puzzle-game based on nonogram puzzles. The story behind it is that in a town, a mysterious virus named Tenkei broke out, turning all female cats pregnant. Now it just so happens that there's a slightly different way of birth delivery in that town. The witch Lez Whan makes a puzzle for each birth, and the birth will only go well if the puzzle is solved correctly. You play as Doctor Ein Yo Phantz (I'm not making this up), whose vast reputation made him go to that town to help out. Along your way (which exists out of solving those puzzles), you'll meet more characters, like your arch rival Birtha the Controla (Honestly! That's her name!)

The game itself consists out of nonogram puzzles. These are puzzles where you're given a grid with numbers on the sides. The meaning is to draw a picture there, following those numbers on the sides. If it says 2 5, it means in that row, there're two blocks attached, then 5.

At the first level, things are fairly easy. You get a 5x5 field, so it's not easy to do something wrong. If you do something wrong, you lose 8 minutes of time (out of the total of 30). It's game over if you run out of time. If you draw the picture completely, the puzzle is solved, though. Solve all 10 puzzles of a level, and you can go on to the next one. There're extras you can unlock by solving all puzzles of certain levels within a certain amount of time (per level). These go from making your own levels to a versus mode.

The graphics're adorable, and quite polished. The characters themselves are cartoonish, and solving the puzzles even has its own animations.

The controls are a bit odd here and there. For the puzzles themselves, it's not such a big problem. Pressing spacebar colours a square, pressing escape marks a square as unable to be coloured (you can still colour over it. It's just a reminder for yourself). Saving is a bit more tricky to figure out, but good thing that they say it plain in-your-face in the game itself's main menu. Press shift to get the choice to either save the game or quit it and be taken to the title screen's main menu.

When you love steadily increasing challenges, polished and fun puzzles, make sure you have someone nearby when you try this game, in case you forget to leave for work while playing this.

Review by: Raf