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  • Summary: The game offers unpredictable, fast-paced, tactical puzzle-action that places players in the position of a sea-creature preservationist out to save the world from a fantastic cyclone that has blasted the world's fish into the Earth's atmosphere. It is up to the player to protect fish from land, predators and other obstacles through the use of a variety of innovative tools as they guide fish on their descent back into the ocean. In Downstream Panic! players save their scaly sea-friends in more than 80 different levels with five different customizable environments. Three different game modes (adventure, free play and survival) bring more of a challenge to the aquatic mix. [Atari] Collapse
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  1. Unlike a lot of puzzle games, Downstream Panic has a decidedly organic feel to it. It feels as though you're playing in a virtual eco system. Rent it for sure.
  2. Downstream Panic’s Lemmings-esque gameplay is hard to resist.
  3. Originality reigns supreme in this unusual masterpiece. A must-own for puzzle fans everywhere.
  4. However, Downstream Panic! is a solid effort, and for all my gripes about it being shallow, it does its job in keeping you occupied.
  5. Saving cute little fish in Downstream Panic! is a fun though, occasionally, frustrating endeavor.
  6. It may look and feel like Lemmings, but Atari's newest puzzler has a number of tricks up its sleeve.
  7. In expected fashion the puzzles become increasingly difficult, demanding careful timing and sound logical thinking--navigating the fish through most of the stages is thoroughly enjoyable. [Apr 2008, p.73]

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  1. Scott
    Aug 15, 2008
    For the life of me I cannot figure out why this game slipped under everyone's radar. It's an extremely good puzzler that takes a few notes from Lemmings and is so satisfying when you figure out a stage you're stuck on. I'm really glad I took a chance on it. Expand