Written by Daniel Westerstal   
Tuesday, 25 September 2007

There are more Tetris-clones than Sims 2-games out there, how does Turbogems from Ironcode Software differ from the rest of the pack? Read our review to be enlightened.


Tetris managed to capture a broad spectrum of players, everyone from grandpa to junior were playing the puzzle clone released in 1987. There have been several sequels and clones, while many of them have been entertaining few were able to live up to the original.

Somehow Ironcode felt the calling to add their own Tetris-clone to the market. The story behind the game is fairly basic. You are sitting around in your spaceship being bored to tears, looking out the window you suddenly see colorful gems passing by. The only way to prevent the gems from filling up your precious but boring ship is to match their colors.

Graphically Turbogems is similar to a lot of other Tetris clones, there aren’t that many shapes Tetris can be in. But I do like the background with asteroids and meteors breezing by as you play, and the lovely color shading of the blocks. Somehow Ironcode managed to do something pretty out of the old classic.

The controls are as innovative as they are easy to use. Changing the order of the colors in the blocks is done by right clicking; left click to place the box fast. Move the blocks by moving the mouse, no more arrow keys in Turbogems.  Ironcode should have been added is a way for the player to choose keys if wanted, the reason is that Turbogems can prove difficult to play on a laptop using a touchpad.

There are three different modes in the game: Supermatch, Classical and Powerstacker. In Supermatch your task is to remove some already placed tiles on the board. This is done by matching gems so that they end up in the same row as the tiles. Classical mode is your basic Tetris mode and in Powerstacker you will have to stack the gems to resemble a requested shape.

Turbogems has a number of special gems as well adding to the experience. The special gems can for example remove entire columns, or blast away certain colored gems and so on. It’s a great feature that makes this game less like Tetris and more like Turbogems.

The soundtrack is barely noticeable in the game and sounds like one of those chill out or relaxation CDs out there. Yes I know that Jean Marc Lederman composed the music, yet I don’t like it. Lederman also composed the Atlantis soundtrack.  However the sound effects are perfect, powerful with a great sound.

Playing Turbogems is one of the best experiences I have had in a game this year. It requires the same thinking as in Tetris but still does its own thing.  Turbogems also caters to a broad spectrum of players, not only hardcore gamers. If you love puzzle games you will without a doubt like Turbogems.

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Related: Rainbow Web, Creatrix, Turt’s Puzzle Blocks
Developer: IronCode Software
Website for Game: http://www.ironcode.com/turbogems.html
Publisher: N/A
O/S: Windows 98/ME/XP/Vista
Cost of Full Game: $19.99
Where to get:
Download Trial Here!
Year of Release: 2007

Pentium III or AMD Processor 500 MHz, 32 MB RAM, Direct 3D
Tested on:
Intel Core2Duo 1,86 GHz, 2 GB RAM, Windows Vista


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