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Game #3732
Hall of Belated Fame Inductee  Modern Problems    View all Top Dogs in this genre
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Rating: 5.19 (21 votes)

Modern Problems box cover

Modern Problems screenshot
Modern Problems is a fun and very unique puzzle game that challenges you to figure out not only how to solve the puzzles, but also what their rules are. There are three kinds of puzzles in the game: in Worm Puzzles, your goal is to get the counter down to zero; in Gapwar Tiles, your goal is to remove all the gaps in the level; and finally in Quantum Boxes, your goal is to turn all 4 boxes red simultaneously. But within each puzzle type, there are numerous variants and minor rules that you have to figure out in the game itself. The Hint button provides clues, but half the fun in the game lies in figuring out the rules on your own.

Modern Problems offers a good balance between reflexes-based and logic-based puzzles. The Worm Puzzles, for example, are reflexes-based because you lose the game as soon as the worm crosses an empty tile (that you have not yet clicked on), and the worm travels on its own in real time. It's also logic-based because you have to consider which tile to click on next to maximize your score and guide the worm. Gapwar Tiles puzzles are some of the hardest in the game, although very satisfying to solve. I find Quantum Boxes puzzles more frustrating than the rest, mostly because they require precise timing and excellent reflexes much more than wit. Overall, though, the game is one of the most unique puzzlers you'll ever come across. With unique premise and fun gameplay, I highly recommend Modern Problems to every puzzle fan – especially if you consider yourself a puzzle maven. Two thumbs up, way up!

Reviewed by: Underdogs
Designer: Malcolm Michael & Joe Cassavaugh
Developer: Freeware
Publisher: Freeware
Year: 1993
Software Copyright: Malcolm Michael & Joe Cassavaugh
Theme: Unique, Shareware
None that we know of
System Requirements: DOS
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If you like this game, try: Fool's Errand, The, ML Crux, Logical Games and Puzzles

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