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PIC reviewer, Pepper, brings us this review of the unique action-puzzle game, Triclops. The game is simple to learn, but difficult to master. With numerous levels and a short time limit, every game is different than the one before. Read on for the full review.
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Konstantin @ 6/5/2003 9:22:51 PM #
Nice game

RE: 1st?
RhinoSteve @ 6/6/2003 3:16:27 AM #
What the music like?

$15 for this muck

kev @ 6/6/2003 5:06:09 AM #
I'm all for getting paid (i'm a developer too) but $15 for this seems a bit steep!!

Long gone are the honest days of palmos developers and good-value software

RE: $15 for this muck
Pepper @ 6/6/2003 2:42:25 PM #
Agreed, the price is high, but Palm software has been growing in price a lot in recent times. I remember being shocked to see the first $30 PC game, yet now that is a very common price. Unfortunately, Palm software also seems to be growing in the same matter.

And remember, some expensive games are just plain over priced, but other ones are worth the price. It's easier to judge the value once you try the game. $15 is a bit for game, but seem people find it to be worth the price.


I love my Palm . . . do you?


GeauxVols @ 6/6/2003 9:10:58 AM #
While most games would never warrant a $15 purchase for a Palm, this one does in my opinion (at least it did for me). I'm always up for a good time killer, and this one accompanies me to many meetings and code walkthroughs :).

Some thoughts about it:
1) I would never play it on a non-color device. It is essential to be able to spot color sequences quickly, and I cannot imagine doing this with grayscale.
2) The best strategy is to rotate the board until you can assemble "Triclops" that share several pieces. If the "Triclops" touch, they are worth far more than if they don't. Also, knock out one color at a time, so you are left with greater odds of making "Triclops" with the remaining colors.
3) There should be a high score board on the ITComplete website. I want to know how others are faring with this game. My best score on the Puzzle Play Mode (the most popular mode for me) is 292,170.

Just my $0.02.

RE: Comments.
greentruck15 @ 6/6/2003 10:17:38 AM #
I did aquire that sega pack and I really like that a lot. I will try this maybe it is worth my time..we'll see

Swiss Cheese

As good as Bejeweled?

ptc @ 6/6/2003 12:09:36 PM #
How does this compare to Bejeweled, the grand-daddy of all Palm OS puzzle games? If it is as addictive and replayable as bejeweled, I'll give it a shot.

Any comments Pepper?

Paul C.

RE: As good as Bejeweled?
hoodoo @ 6/6/2003 2:14:26 PM #
I tried it today based on Pepper's review.

It's different than Bejeweled, but still fun. It's more simplistic than B. on the surface; the "eye candy" factor is definitely lower.

I've only played the Puzzle level so far (the easy one) to get used to the strategy. I had great fun spinning the board to jumble up the triangles and try to make a higher score. I got so into it at one point I was rotating the PDA itself! Not that thet helped any, lol.

So, my initial impressions are that I'll keep trying it for the next while, rather than B., and see how far I can get.

Worth a try!

RE: As good as Bejeweled?
Pepper @ 6/6/2003 2:32:41 PM #
Bejweled and Triclops are both good games, but in different ways. Yep, they're both puzzle games, but they make your mind work in different ways to adopt a strategy. If you see Bejewled as replayable, odds are you'll feel the same way about Triclops since, in both programs, every game is different (and once you start repeatinggames you know you've been playing too long :P).

As hoodoo said, Bejeweled is far prettier. Although you should note that graphics arent the key too a puzzle game. For a shoot em up game, graphics count, but most puzzle games are played for the gameplay.

As for gameplay... Triclops is something entirely new to most people. One of the most unique new puzzle games in awhile. There are a good deal of Bejeweled-like games out there, but this is the first Triclops-like one I've seen.

If you have shockwave, head on over to and give the PC version a try. Although the optionas and such are different for a PDA, you should get a good feel for the game play. This is one of those programs that takes a few games to love.

Some thoughts,

BTW: hoodoo, I've never tried rotating the whole Palm, but that'd be funny to watch someone try!

I love my Palm . . . do you?

RE: As good as Bejeweled?
hoodoo @ 6/6/2003 2:46:02 PM #
Oh, Pepper, forgot to mention, great review!

And, hehehe, I don't think anyone noticed me spinning my Prism around. Which is just as well, since I shouldn't be playing games at work anyways! :P

...and then?

JVUK @ 6/8/2003 12:14:38 PM #
I have very much enjoyed playing this game. However after a few times of getting to grips with it, I found that the main game does get a bit monotonous as it doesn’t really get any harder as you get to higher levels.
With a simple tactical system of rotation, I just kept finishing each level. After I got beyond level 100 with a score beyond 1.5 million (I promise I am not making this up!) I got bored and gave up. The ‘hectic’ game is far more difficult and I will continue playing this.
$15 does seem a bit steep for what is a simple game, however ingenious. Has it taken half the development of a PC game that costs twice as much? Sorry but I don’t think so.



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