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Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Klax - Atari ST [037] Short PlayThru

Here is the puzzler Klax, originally an arcade game released by Atari Games on June 4, 1990; the game was later ported to the Atari ST by Tengen/Domark.

I have never been very good at Klax, though I spent some time playing it on the portable Atari Lynx on many trips.  That lack of talent is definitely on full display in this capture!

For those who do not know, Klax is a dropping tile matching puzzle game.  Tiles are dropped along a path that has five lanes, and at the end of the path a collector the player controls catches them (or misses them) and then the player can control which of the 5 columns gets the tile, or the tile can be held on the collector.  The drop area is a 5x5 area, meaning it can hold a maximun of 25 tiles.  The collector can hold up to five tiles to try to strategize tile placement.  Matches are made either horizantally, vertically, or diagonally.  Each level has a goal for a player to meet, and there are 100 levels.

The ST version seems to be done really well, and since the ST's hardware is similar to the arcade, the on-screen colors and the sound were the biggest challenges.  There is a pair of colors I do not personally like, the yellow and the orange are too close in shade in my opinion, but that is the only real complaint I have.

Like puzzle games?  Give Klax a whirl, for a different type of block matching game!

This is a short play, and the next few posts of ST games will be in a similar vein, mainly to showcase more of the older titles.  Besides, I would never be able to play through 100 rounds of Klax, I am just not that good at the game!

Capture info -

This video was captured on December 22, 2019.

Game was played on an Atari 1040 STf, TOS 1.4, 1MB, equipped with a CosmosEX from Jookie.
A Best Electronics ST Monitor to VGA cable was used, connected to an OSSC 1.6 (processing the video in Line4x mode), with the output being captured by a Startech USB3HDCAP.

Video was edited with Shotcut.

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