Boxikon and Tamigon
Reviewed by Didi Cardoso
Review Date Platform Genre Rating Production
2005-10-01 PC Puzzle E (Everyone) Shoecake Games

What's with me and the puzzle gaming spree recently, you may ask? I really couldn't tell you, I just seem to try them by the dozen! In one of my recent news and press searches, I found the press release announcing a new puzzle game named Boxikon, so I had to check it out.

Boxikon is a really easy game to pick up and learn. You are given a square grid and several pieces will appear one at a time on the five slots below. The purpose is to place the different pieces (you can rotate them) in the grid in order to form lines. Kind of like Tetris, but without the falling blocks, and forming both horizontal and vertical lines. The lines are then cleared, making room for new pieces. If you manage to create a line of a single color, you get extra bonus points.

Sounds pretty easy? Just wait until you start getting odd shapes like a plus sign, a cross and other wacky and more complex pieces!

These pieces will appear in the dispenser slots. If all of the dispenser slots are full, a blocker will appear in the grid, preventing you from forming certain lines that may include that block. You can still pick up one of the pieces in the dispenser, freeing up a slot, and hope that the next piece will actually fit somewhere. Otherwise, it's game over.

Sometimes, you will find a bomb appearing inside one of the shapes. Completing a line with a bomb in it will cause an explosion to clear a large portion of the grid. Bombs can also be used to get rid of those pesky blockers.

There was another game at Shoecake's site that seemed very similar to Boxikon, so I decided to give it a try as well.

Tamigon has basically the same game mechanics as Boxikon, but instead of lines you have to create large areas of the same color, using pieces with really strange shapes. These shapes are composed of a series of triangles and diamonds, based on the Chinese Tantagram puzzle.

This is also a simple game to learn (but not as simple to succeed in). You grab the pieces that fall on the tube, flip and rotate them to find the right position, link the shapes together on the grid and build large patches of a single color. When a patch is large enough to be removed, it will flash. Click on it, and poof, more room for new pieces.

Multicolored shapes tend to make your life difficult, while bombs and erasers can help you clear large areas in a flash. Blockers are also present in Tamigon, and only bombs will get rid of them.

Overall, these are both really challenging and entertaining puzzle games, but I prefer Boxikon over Tamigon because it's not as difficult, and therefore, less frustrating.

Available for Windows and Mac (Boxikon also for pocket PC), you can download the 60-minute trial versions of Boxikon and Tamigon at the official Shoecake Games site.