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Money Puzzle Exchanger - March 25, '00 by Max Diablo
Game:Money Puzzle ExchangerCompany:FACE
Type:PuzzlePlayers:1/2

Many years ago, when computers and console systems were not very powerful, games needed to be rather simple graphic wise. Thus, the puzzle game was created. These types of games were addictive, fun, and required very little graphically. They include such great games as Tetris, Columns, and Dr. Mario. Unfortunately, this type of game is starting to become harder and harder to find. Luckily, thanks to emulation technology, the puzzle games of the past are now getting a second chance. This brings me to today's cute and addictive puzzle game,
Money Puzzle Exchanger.

The object of this game is quite simple. You just take like amounts of coins and put them together. These coins then change into a higher denomination until you put two 500 coins together. The coins then disappear. The only problem is that the money mass is always coming down towards you with more coins.
Now, in Money Puzzle Exchanger, you first choose one of there modes. They are 1p V Comp, 1p V 2p, and 1p Solo. Each mode offers a different challenge. The 1p V Comp mode pits you against one of several cute characters in a battle to see who can get the other sides money mass to pass the line first. You do this by getting more points and chain reactions than your opponent, thus pushing their money mass closer to the line. The 1p V 2p is the same idea, except that you are taking on another player instead of the computer. In the final mode, you simply are trying to keep the money mass from crossing the line for as long as possible.
Now that you know what the game is, it is time to examine the more technical side of this game. First of all, there are the graphics. Surprisingly, these are quite amazing to behold. The money sparkles and shines while a portrait of your character moves in the background, its reactions based on how well you are doing. Each of these characters is well drawn, and every single one seems to have a personality all there own.
Next up, my personal favorite, music and sound. Once again, as is true for just about any game on the NEO-GEO, the music is amazing and the sound is crisp and clear. The chinging and changing of each coin as it is moved around blends perfectly with the Japanese voice-overs while the music in background plays tunes ranging from slower electronica to speedy video-game style techno. These, combined with the graphics create an elaborate feast for your senses.
Then there the control factor, and I am glad to say that it is excellent. Moving your character and the money around is quite simple thanks to the simple and responsive controls. One button grabs the money, the other throws it back up. It's that easy!
Finally, there is how well this game is emulated. As with just about every NEO-GEO game on the MAME emulator, it runs at full speed without any graphical or sound glitches.
In the end, although the 1p V Comp mode may get a little boring after a while, the solo mode will always provide plenty of fun since there really is now way to beat it. You'll always come back to see if you can beat your latest high score. Just remember, on the outside this game may look rather, well, cutesy, but it is an excellent puzzle game.
Graphics
8
9
Sound
Play Control
9
6
Challenge
Replay Value
7
10
Performance

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