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Written by Daniel Westerstal   
Friday, 08 July 2005

The collecting coins concept in computer games is almost as old as computers themselves. How is Coin Planets any different? Read our review to find out.

If you would want to describe Coin Planets with the help of other games you could say that it is a mixture between Super Mario Bros and Lode Runner. There are certainly many platform elements in the game but also a lot of puzzles and thinking.

The aim of the game is to clear levels of coins, when you have done so you will advance to the next level. Of course who can better clear a level of coins than a coin itself? You are actually a coin with legs, arms and eyes. Looks kind of funny when you watch closely.

There are 8 level packs with a number of levels in each. The level packs are based on the solar system, so if you choose to start collecting coins on Jupiter you will get a number of levels inspired and designed around the planet.

The level design is actually quite nice and resembles games like Lode Runner in a number ways. Each level pack also has its unique kind of enemies, so the game never gets boring because there is so much diversity.

You can also get a number of power ups, one power up that’s needed is the one that makes the character go faster, called Super Shoes. Quite frankly I believe that the Super Shoes power up should have been standard from the beginning because the game feels a bit slow a times.

It’s also a bit disappointing that the good level design is hurt by some collision detection problems. For example if you come too close to the spike obstacles coming up from the ground you die. This means that you can walk very close to the obstacle and die, however the shape of them suggests that they can only hurt if you jump and land on them.

While playing the game you are presented with a nice cute soundtrack by Chris Worth Productions. The soundtrack lifts the game a notch and adds to the overall experience. I also think that Addictive 247 deserves credit for not making the game too easy. It’s actually very challenging and might be a bit frustrating in the beginning, just like a good puzzle game should be.

Graphically the game is adequate. There are puzzle games with better graphics, but there are also games with much worse. I really like the backgrounds in the game; you can tell that a lot of effort has been made.

Coin Planets is a nice challenging puzzle game, it gets you through the rainy and damp days. There are some issues with collision detection and slowness but it’s still a good puzzle/platform game and deserves a test drive.


Developer: Addictive 247
Website for Game: http://www.addictive247.co.uk/coinplanets.htm
Publisher: N/A
O/S: Win 95/98/NT/ME/2000/XP
Cost of Full Game: $19.95
Year of Release: 2005

Requirements:
Pentium 400 MHz or higher
Tested on:
Pentium 4 2.4 GHz, 512 MB RAM, ATI Radeon Graphics Card




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