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Genre: Puzzle :: Players: 1 :: Released: 18/10/07

Genetica Review

Developer: Wireless Sharks


Game Features


Over 80 levels and 3 modes
Fun to play
Funky new creatures


Some levels are tough
Can get a little repetitive

Save Option
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Review Details
Handset Sony-Ericsson K800i
Time Played 2.5 hours
Game Progress All research levels completed 3 engineering levels completed

Anannya Sen’s Review

Review Date: 18/10/07

Puzzling and informative

There are tons of puzzle games out there on the market. Some are matching games, others are analysis games and still more are variations of Tetris or Puzzle Bobble. This falls somewhere in between.

I'm not sure if the concept has been done before, but it's a unique one as far as my experience goes. If you take a molecular structure and break it into it's individual components, what you essentially have are balls with little rods attached. We've all seen DNA pics so you can get the idea of what they look like.

The objective of the game is to reattach these balls and rods to create a molecule and once you've done this you'll get a little pic and description of the animal. The research mode has all types of animals that currently exist, and the engineering mode gets a LOT more funky. Oh, did I mention you can't play engineering mode before you've finished research mode? Well, you can't.

Research mode starts off quite simple but picks up fairly quickly. In addition to the components being scattered, the depth of the game is that they are all different. One ball might have two holes and one rod (no sniggering) and another might have one hole and no rod. They all fit together in one pattern so even when it looks like they don't (i.e. you have spare holes and rods not attached to anything), you'll have to wrack your brains until they do.

And this is the beauty of the game, as it's really simple. The only twist is that you can't have balls of the same colour joining each other, so this makes it a bit more difficult, although adds a certain element of logic when figuring out what connects to what.

Graphics are bright and bold and the sound isn't bad. The controls are really simple, press to select a ball and move it somewhere and press again. If you hold the main button down then you will select all the balls joined together.

The board is fairly large so you may ask youself why this is, but on the later levels you definitely get some complex designs. While aesthetically each level has a specific pattern and symmetry about the final shape, this isn't easy to figure out from the individual components. And some are hidden away on the corners of the board when you start the level.

A time limit determines your score and there are a LOT of levels to go through. Apart from research which has 40 levels, engineering also has 40 levels and there's a free mode as well where you can select the difficulty.

I really enjoyed this puzzle game and found it to be innovative, well presented and having a lot of lastability. If you're bored of the same old puzzle games, give this one a go and you'll be hooked!