Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Another Game

Didn’t I used to do regular posts full of distractions? I should start doing that again. And I am. Here’s another game, Planaris.

I like the creativity of this game, taking something familiar and going in another direction with it. It’s like Tetris in a way, both in the shapes of the pieces you’re given and the fact that you’re supposed to gain points by clearing lines. But the pieces don’t fall down and when a line is cleared it doesn’t drop down, which also means that you don’t lose when you hit the top.

Instead, you can move the pieces anywhere and when you clear a line, everything stays where it was. You don’t lose until there’s no spaces left for you to fit a piece into. Also the fact that everything doesn’t drop down means that if you clear a single line along the bottom, then you’ll have a hard time getting pieces that can fit in there.

The description for this game says it’s “easy to learn but difficult to master.” And while most of the time I think that’s overstating things, in this case it’s perfectly accurate. If you want something really challenging, then this is the game for you. It might also be good if you want to kill five minutes, and I wouldn’t call it super addictive, but that’s a YMMV thing.

That means Your Mileage May Vary. I’ve been on TV Tropes recently and they use that a lot. Don’t click that link though. You’ll never leave. I shouldn’t have even brought it up but it was on my mind.


  1. Had to play a moment of it to get what you meant by it doesn't drop down. (The board would fill in less than a minute.) But it clears - and yes, that would be difficult to start putting pieces into place.

  2. That's a fun game. Not that I need anything else to occupy my time right now.

  3. Okay, yeah, I won't click through.
    On either of them.

  4. Sounds like a good game. I used to love Tetris.

  5. I can see some similarities to Tetris.

    That game could get addictive.

  6. Just what I need--another game. I was in bed last night playing Candy Crush rather than going to sleep. When I have a cold and need the sleep more. Stupid games.


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