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  • Summary: (Known in Japan as "Chokkan Hitofude") Polarium mixes way-cool gameplay with an electronica soundtrack for the trippiest experience yet on the DS. It's the first game that would look cool at a rave. The object is to make room for tiles falling from the top screen by clearing rows of tiles below. You do this by flipping the tiles to make rows that are all black or all white. Gray neutral tiles surround the playing area, so you can flip disconnected groups of tiles. The gray tiles are particularly helpful in Puzzle mode, where you're challenged to eliminate all black or white tiles without lifting your stylus once. Polarium comes with 100 puzzles. You can also build your own custom puzzles and send them to a fellow night-clubber with a tap of the stylus. Play wireless multiplayer matches against a friend; as you clear lines, they'll appear on your opponent's screen, which is visible to you on the upper screen of your DS. Clear lines with "?"s on them to get power-ups that make your lines clear faster, block out your foe's border, reverse his or her tiles, and more. A hypnotic electronic score gives the game the sleek appeal of a high-end fashion show. [Nintendo] Expand
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  1. Positive: 19 out of 34
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  1. A truly exceptional puzzle title. [June 2005, p.137]
  2. 80
    Granted, the concept of staring at a screen full of black and white squares for minutes on end looking for the correct line to draw may not sound like the most exciting game out there, but for those who appreciate a good mental challenge, it's a treat.
  3. Like all good puzzlers, Polarium is exceptionally easy to learn, and it makes it very hard for you to turn your DS off and get your work done.
  4. If you like solitaire, "Tetris" and puzzle games, this is for you.
  5. Indeed, Polarium isn’t so much about your stylus skills, rather your ability to create continuous paths on the screen to change as many blocks to the correct colour in one move as possible.
  6. If staring at a brainteaser for lengthy periods of time is your idea of excitement, or if the idea of creating puzzles and sharing them with like-minded friends is intriguing to you, then you'll find enough enjoyable mind-benders to make this worth a purchase.
  7. If you’re a fan of brain teasers, then the game’s 100 puzzles are definitely worth the price of admission (even though it is a little steep). If, on the other hand, you tend to enjoy the more traditional puzzle games that involve making falling objects disappear, you might want to skip Polarium.

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  3. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. FankNauta
    Sep 1, 2005
    This game is great! Anyone who like puzzles games or thinking in general, and likes to get a endless game, to learn plaiying with the touch screen should get this.

    I made 170+ puzzles for this game, and will make more in the future. If you want puzzles, you can contact me at southwest_strangler@hotmail.com
  2. AndyB.
    Mar 13, 2005
    The funnest game EVER i am in to puzzle games and this game tops all puzzle games thanks to the use of the heavenly stylus.
  3. TheoH.
    Apr 13, 2005
    Wonderfully addictive!
  4. BOBJ.
    Mar 13, 2005
    Hard but great.
  5. Ishaten
    May 9, 2005
    This game is extra swan.
  6. Frogguts1
    Dec 30, 2006
    It's a good puzzle game by itself but it's the custom puzzles and wireless play that kept me playing Polarium.
  7. DisappointedD.
    Sep 8, 2005
    Although I'm a puzzle game lover, this one is not worth the money.

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