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Camel Try by Maddog
Game:Camel TryCompany:Taito
Type:PuzzlePlayers:1/2

Well,I have to admit that I have never seen this game around until Raine arrived.So,once I downloaded the thing,I ran it expecting nothing really.You can guess my surprise at finding out that Camel Try is actually a great game.I was instantly hooked,so I decided that to do it justice,I had to provide a ReView.Who knows,maybe you,too,will find it enjoyable...Having made that clear,I hope you'll forgive any positive bias towards the game.I'll try to be objective,promise!
Camel Try is a puzzle game.You control a ball,which finds itself inside a maze.What you must do,is to guide it to the exit,within a time limit.Any remaining time will be given as an added bonus in the next stage.Yet,let the timer run out on you and it's "bye-bye cruel world" time! :) Actually,you don't control the ball itself,mind you!It obeys to the laws of physics,always falling downwards due to gravity and bouncing against obstacles.What you,in fact,control,is the maze itself!You can rotate it,so that your ever-falling ball always finds an open path in front of it.Sounds very weird,but it sure is a novel approach and,believe me,the concept works well!Of course the maze isn't any regular,boring,walls-only maze.It contains bonuses and dangers. Extra points/time await the lucky/agile ones,while several obstacles, time draining squares,dead ends etc. lurk to hinder the clumsy.Luckily, the game provides arrows to show you the correct way all the time and you can also speed up/bounce the ball at will.The game has four levels, each one harder and more challenging than the previous.
The game's graphics are good,but (and the theme doesn't help either...) not really varied or impressive.Sure,there are a few neat backdrops,but that's all there is to it.Sound is on the same league, competent but not rousing.But,none of them are really important in this type of game.Gameplay is all that counts and Camel Try oozes playability.The plain but clever idea behind it is all that matters and IMHO,you'll find yourself trying again and again to finish all stages in time and then do it once again to try and improve your stage times. Just like Tetris,if you allow me to make such a comparison!
Some little nags will be directed towards the game's duration. You only get to play the stage you select.Finish the whole of it and instead of going to the next,you'll see a Game Over message.In all, there are four stages and thirty (I think...) levels,which isn't very few but not really a lot,either.So,lastability is an issue here.Pretty soon,you'll have each level figured out perfectly and the game will then cease to be that fun.But,difficulty is correctly pitched,so I don't think it takes only a few games to master it (unless of course you extensively use continue,which I don't recommend...)
Camel Try,as mentioned,comes in the latest Raine 0.18 only.The game is emulated perfectly,without any obvious glitches.I consider it a very fun game and certainly one of the best Raine has to offer.My advice,therefore,is to have a few goes at it.You just might find yourself just as pleasantly surprised as I was...Balls a-way!!!
Graphics
7
7
Sound
Play Control
9
8
Challenge
Replay Value
10
10
Performance
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