Title Sarakon Game Type Puzzle Players 1 Company Starbyte Compatibility All HD Installable Yes Submission Marc Gorelick firstname.lastname@example.org Review Sarakon (Starbyte, 1988) is a puzzle game with an Ancient flair. The music and general atmosphere suggest a Chinese influence, while some of the images in the game play are borrowed from astrology and archaic European alphabets. In some ways, the game is reminiscent of the Windows game Taipei (which uses Mah Jong tiles), although I think it's much more entertaining. The object is to remove pairs of tiles with matching symbols from a board. This task is complicated by rules regulating when a piece is considered to be blocked in-for example, two pieces must be in the same plane (did I mention that the pieces are stacked on top of each other?) and be connectable by drawing a line between exposed edges with at most two right angles. Sound confusing? It takes about three minutes to learn the rules. The board must be cleared before time runs out. Points are awarded for time remaining when the board is cleared and for clearing successive sets of tiles quickly. The game gets progressively more difficult as rounds pass--the number of tiles on the board increase, and the number of different symbols increases. The graphics in the game are nothing extraordinary but they are plenty good enough to make the game appealing and playable. The music is appropriate but there are only about 8 measures of it, which repeat continuously when the game is in "attract" mode. As such, it can get rather annoying if the game is left unattended for any length of time. Solution: Play it and it will shut up. The game plays fine on my A2000 with an 030 and OS1.3 or OS3.1. The version I have also runs from a DOS prompt and is in fact installed on my hard disk. High scores are not saved. I find this game very entertaining and can play it for long stretches. If you are into puzzle games, I think you will like it quite a bit. For people who do enjoy this game, I also recommend Tangram, which is another Chinese-flavored puzzle game.