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Tidalis

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Tidalis is a block-based puzzle game with casual appeal, hardcore depth, and an addictive new "streams" mechanic. The game is brimming over with riffs and variants on that core mechanic with 20 game modes, dozens of special blocks and items, and 115 levels in the adventure mode alone. The basic rules of the game are this: blocks fall down into the board and have a color and an arrow direction. If a stack of blocks exceeds the height of the board, you lose. In order to clear blocks, you must right-click and drag paths through the arrows to set up chain reactions of like-colored blocks.
If this sounds simple, that's because it is -- you'll be lining up lengthy chains within minutes. But you'll be surprised how much brainpower it takes to set up combos of multiple chains, and the many brainteaser-style puzzles include some real stumpers. Tidalis has co-op and competitive multiplayer modes (both online and offline); action-oriented modes and timer-less brainteasers; a lengthy, casual-friendly adventure mode; twenty unique game modes providing innumerable twists to the basic gameplay; dozens of special blocks and items; and over fifty minutes of beautiful music to go with the painterly art.
In short, several games' worth of content are built on top of this core mechanic, which you'll quickly find to be as iconic as it is novel.Key Features:
  • Puzzle game with casual appeal, hardcore depth, and an addictive new mechanic.
  • Two-player co-op and competitive play (both local and networked).
  • A wide selection of both action-oriented or brainteaser-like levels.
  • Casual-friendly adventure mode, hardcore-focused custom games and vs modes.
  • 20+ game styles, and dozens of items and special blocks.
  • Rich, painterly art style and beautiful music.
  • Players can create and share whole new themes, levels, and adventures.
  • Options for colorblind players, players averse to lots of light and motion, and older computers.
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Developer
Arcen Games, LLC
Publisher
Arcen Games, LLC
Age rating
Not rated
Website
http://arcengames.com/tidalis/

System requirements for Linux

  • OS: Ubuntu 10.10 or later, although other unsupported distros may very well work
  • Processor: 1.4Ghz CPU minimum, 1.8 Ghz recommended for background animation or multiplayer
  • Memory: 1 GB RAM (2 GB recommended)
  • Graphics: 800x600 or greater screen resolution (32 bit color, 1280x720 recommended)
  • Hard Drive: 600 MB
  • Other Requirements: Internet Connection or LAN required for networked multiplayer. Single-computer multiplayer is also available.

System requirements for macOS

  • OS: Mac OSX Intel CPU and "Leopard" 10.5 or later.
  • Processor: 1.4Ghz CPU minimum, 1.8 Ghz recommended for background animation or multiplayer
  • Memory: 1 GB RAM (2 GB recommended)
  • Graphics: 800x600 or greater screen resolution (32 bit color, 1280x720 recommended)
  • Hard Drive: 600 MB
  • Other Requirements: Internet Connection or LAN required for networked multiplayer. Single-computer multiplayer is also available.

System requirements for PC

  • OS: Windows XP SP2 or later
  • Processor: 1.4Ghz CPU minimum, 1.8 Ghz recommended for background animation or multiplayer
  • Memory: 1 GB RAM (2 GB recommended)
  • Graphics: 800x600 or greater screen resolution (32 bit color, 1280x720 recommended)
  • Hard Drive: 600 MB
  • Other Requirements: Internet Connection or LAN required for networked multiplayer. Single-computer multiplayer is also available.
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Tidalis Trailer 2 (Launch Trailer)
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[Part 5] Let's Play Tidalis (PC) - Adventure Mode Levels 15-18
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Tidalis reviews and comments

Translated by
Microsoft from Russian
Retrospective. Very Strong puzzle, despite the nice thing about and simplicity of the first levels. Different styles of the game from level to level and it does not get bored throughout the passage. The Latest achievements (something about total length of passed streams) are actually impossible by human efforts and it is necessary to think how to automate streams (or as usual, to look for the Ready solution).
Translated by
Microsoft from Deutsch
The whole thing first looked for me after a Tetris Attack! Game out. But unfortunately it's not. Instead, you create a Beam that goes through the Blocks and destroys them. However, you can change the Direction on the Blocks freely. Which Honestly doesn't mean what else a "Puzzle" Game is supposed to be about it. One is, by the very much, far too "powerful." After half an Hour, it already bored me.
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Microsoft from Deutsch
Fast and fairly simple Puzzle pass The Whole thing might seem like Tetris, but it takes a very different Approach. Gameplay In Tidalis, we have to mine stones, each of which has a Directional Arrow. These can be changed by us and on the Left click we send a Beam Through the Stones and have to try to break down as many Stones of a Color as possible. But Since the Beam can also skip 3 Stones until it needs the next same-colored, the Game becomes generally very simple. There is also the rather tactical "Thinker" mode and adventure, where it is all about Skill and quick Action. But somehow the net got me so captivated. I actually stand on such small Mind games but either it was just Death boring, because you could have gone afk in "Survival Mode" or it was just simply accelerated. Somehow the Game just didn't challenge me and even the Style Of play I couldn't really gain anything. Story Actually, the Game has ne Story. In Adventure mode, we hear about an Island called Tidalis, which is supposed to represent Paradise. And well, of course we have a Shipwreck on that very island. However, the Story is limited to only small Sequences in front of a Level, in which new situations (New Blocks!) are explained with a little Humor. Graphat/Sound Nungut that Game is not a Graphics Bomb. But if you expect something like that, you probably wouldn't be on this Shop page either. However, the Music is really beautiful and perhaps the Main Reason why the Game seems so comforting. In any Case, we are spoiled with super Piano Pieces. Verdict Tidalis is such a Game where I would like a Thumb to the Side. The Gameplay is somehow something New, but for me it is an MIic between Relaxation and Boredom. I just can't really stand behind that. On the other Hand, the Game is quite cute, offers an actual relaxation, sometimes due to the simple Degree of Difficulty, and the Music is really good. There are Thumbs up here, but I would still think twice about buying Tidalis. If you liked the Review, I'd love to see you follow my Curator Group on Steam To get my Reviews of other Games as well.
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