Okay, so you've got the bottom half of a yellow-and-black Kokoa-Pa poison frog, but to complete the puzzle you need the top half of an ebony erotylid. The ability to call up a hint (that metallic woodborer doesn't go in the corner, after all) is one of the many advantages the animated puzzle game Triazzle has over the board version. Despite 15 levels of play, from moderately difficult to nearly impossible, and such nice touches as the occasional animated rain shower, there's nothing flashy here. But the simple, effective layout should keep Peruvian frog lovers happily occupied.
Puzzle enthusiasts, take note: Dan Gilbert's Triazzle is a must for any gamer who enjoys playing the triangular puzzles made famous by the designer. While each puzzle, manual or computer generated, has "a million combinations but only one correct solution," one benefit of the computer version is the capability of the machine to generate a variety of puzzles to solve over 15 levels of difficulty. Should you want to stick with one particular skill level, it can accommodate you by creating different puzzles to solve on that one level, resulting in many more hours of enjoyment compared to just having one manual puzzle.
Another advantage of playing the computer version is being able to watch the rainforest creatures come to life as the pieces of the puzzle are put in place. When the puzzle is correctly finished, you gaze with satisfaction as the various creatures crawl, hop or fly off of the computer screen. Appropriate rainforest music and sound effects are also part of the entertainment package. The best feature, though, is the opportunity to design your own Triazzle puzzles. Not only can you choose varied levels of difficulty but also satisfy personal aesthetic tastes by selecting different puzzle backgrounds, shapes and rainforest creatures.
If staring for hours at rainforest themes creates a need to know more about the rainforest, simply click on the "Help" menu at the top of the screen and select "About the Rainforest." A mini-encyclopedia pops up with information about the frogs and other wildlife pictured in the puzzle, information about the rainforest habitat and a list of resources. All things considered, the program is truly a small treasure.
A good PC version of classic puzzle game, Triazzle is a solid and pretty PC version that curiously was published with little fanfare. The goal, as with any good puzzle game, is simple: arrange tiles to form a complete picture. Each level gets more and more difficult, but the varied animations you see as rewards for completing them will keep you hooked for a while.
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