Grid and tile games
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Date: 10 March, 2005



'Viruses. Not a good word for computer users.'



Tiling. No fun in the bathroom (please say you agree) but hours of entertainment on screen.

This month Steve Tilley looks at a selection of games using grids and tiles.

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Place runes on the board trying to make a line across and turn the whole board from lead to gold. Beware of putting too many duff compounds in the discard forge. It overheats after three uses and ends your game.

Candy Train
Do you like Brio? Here’s a version on-line where you spin the tiles to turn the track to steer the train to pick up the goodies to arrive in the station to feel really smug. Well I did.

Color Reactor 2
You have a palette of coloured balls and placing new balls next to ones of the same colour makes them disappear; placing them on top of balls of a different colour makes them change colour. Bombs and stuff add to the fun.

Daily Chess Problem
A nicely animated little chess problem page. I’m a real novice but I shouldn’t imagine these are very difficult for the experienced player. You can access the previous seven days problems at any stage.

It’s one of those ‘match four in a block’ games, but the heads are really funny and the ones with special features are cool and I played for ages and that says more about me than the game I guess but anyway, try it. Go on, go on, go on, go on….

Ms Match
Swap tiles to make three in a row match and disappear. Bonus points for more in a row. Some very feminine tiles for a change, as hinted at by the name. Love those strappy heels girlfriends. Guys, don’t be scared of the tampon advert.

Project 156
A lot of these games are for people who like the ‘point and click whilst thinking of some more important project’ type. So here’s another chance to remove similar coloured tiles whilst planning world domination.

Puzzle Inlay
To complete the mosaic simply lift tiles from the conveyor belt and drop them into a grid. Use tools to change the shape of the tiles.

SpongeBob Collapse
A very small twist on the old theme of getting three coloured tiles together to make them all disappear.

Virus 2
Viruses. Not a good word for computer users. In this game you have a set number of moves to infect tiles of a particular colour and change them into the virus you are growing. Can you infect the whole board within the move limit?

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