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Game #3798
Hall of Belated Fame Inductee  Carol    View all Top Dogs in this genre
Puzzle   Tetris variant

Rating: 4.8 (30 votes)

Carol box cover

Carol screenshot
Carol is a fun competitive puzzler set in a Christmasy theme that sports commercial-quality graphics, somewhat original gameplay, and very high production values including full Japanese voice acting. The gameplay is straightforward: put Tetris-shaped tiles on your side of the playing field, and clear them by applying 3x3, 4x4, or 5x5 “eraser block”. Each block you erase will deduct a certain amount of hit points from your opponent’s health bar, and increase yours. Your objective, naturally, is to reduce your opponent’s hit points to zero.

Although the game sounds good in concept, in actuality it's a bit repetitive because you gain hit points almost as often as you lose them if you and your opponent’s skill levels are similar. This means a game can take a very long time before a winner emerges. The game is noticeably better when you play against someone either much stronger or weaker than you are, because the game will be more exciting as you’ll see dozens of hit point drops at a time. You can even play the game against someone over the Internet by dialing in an IP number – a nice touch.

If you like Tetris-style games but dislike the time constraints, check out this fun 2-player game. There is no time limit here, only the pressure of competition. Excellent anime graphics rounds off this fun underdog. You’ll have to know Japanese to understand the storyline in story mode, however. Two thumbs up!

Reviewed by: Underdogs
Designer: Naoki Yokoyama
Developer: Freeware
Publisher: Freeware
Year: 2001
Software Copyright: Naoki Yokoyama
Theme: Anime
System Requirements: Windows XP
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