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It is The Nineties, and there is time for Klax—Title screen, Klax
Classic game from
The Nineties The Eighties (1989) built by Atari. Coloured tiles tumble down from above; you have to catch them on your paddle and drop them into a 5×5 bin. They vanish when you line up three or more of the same colour, a feat referred to as a "Klax".
The game is 100 levels ("waves") in length, giving the player the opportunity to skip five or 10 of them every five levels, but never allowing you to skip past the 91st stage. So a minimum start-to-finish playthrough is 40 levels long. To pass a level, you have to meet its requirements — in order in (almost) each set of five waves: make a number of Klaxes, make a number of diagonal Klaxes, achieve a certain score, survive a set number of tiles, and make a number of horizontal Klaxes. You lose if you fail to catch a certain number of tiles (three, four or five, depending on how far you warped at your last chance) during a set of five waves, or if you fill the bin entirely without clearing enough tiles.
Klax provides examples of:
- Announcer Chatter
- Catch Phrase - Many, given by the voice synthesizer.
- Critical Existence Failure - All is well until you drop that last tile and then: "Awwwwwww"
- Falling Blocks
- Hold the Line - The survival waves, where you must catch a certain number of tiles to win.
- Match Three Game
- No Plot, No Problem
- Nothing Is Scarier - With regard to the arcade version's complete lack of soundtrack. Some nice, soothing background Muzak would be well placed, but no, all you get is the relentless clack, clack, clack...
- Oh Crap - Often, but mostly when you see that wonderful hint: "This one is fast!"
- Palette Swap - All the tiles, except in the Game Boy version.
- Path of Most Resistance - While you get a nice bonus, extra leeway on dropping tiles, and you skip the intervening levels when you warp, you can get a far higher score playing through every single level.
- Scoring Points
- Sound-Coded for Your Convenience - In the arcade version, each colour of tile produced their own unique sound effect as they tumbled.
- Speed Metal - The NES port's soundtrack by Büg Sük (Lx Rudis and Dave O'Riva).
- A Winner Is You - A little congratulatory sentence and a bonus 1,000,000 points.