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Fun and Challenging But Not Enough Variety

  • Jul 28, 2010
This is a fun game but it the appeal doesn't last very long. The object is to make all the blocks in row either all black or all white. This is done by drawing a continuous line through various blocks side to side and up and down so that the blocks reverse their color. If you go through a black box, it turns white and visa versa. The better you are at planning your route, the more rows you can get in one go.

The rows continue to be added and if you don't clear them quickly enough, overflow at the top (like Tetris) and you have failed.
There are some variations - smaller puzzles that you have to figure out how to clear in one try, the ability to make your own puzzles, but I found it went from easy to very difficult too quickly and I failed fast. There is an option that allows you to practice without overflowing - it just waits until you've cleared enough and then fills more in. But that becomes tedious.

Moderately fun, not so much my style.

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Polariummixes way-cool gameplay with an electronica soundtrack for the trippiest experience yet on the DS. It's the first game that would look cool at a rave.


  • Sleek, black-and-white design
  • Use a stylus to flip tiles to create rows that match
  • Custom and regular puzzle mode
  • Wireless multiplayer mode
If you mark a tile with your stylus, it will flip from black to white or vice versa. If you mark an entire row, column, or block of tiles, they'll flip individually.

The object is to make room for tiles falling from the top screen by clearing rows of tiles below. You do this by flipping the tiles to make rows that are all black or all white.

Gray neutral tiles surround the playing area, so you can flip disconnected groups of tiles. The gray tiles are particularly helpful in puzzle mode, where you’re challenged to eliminate all black or white tiles without lifting your stylus once. Polarium comes with 100 puzzles. You can also build your own custom puzzles and send them to a fellow night-clubber with a tap of the stylus.

Play wireless multiplayer matches against a friend; as you clear lines, they'll appear on your opponent's screen, which is visible to you on the upper screen of your DS. Clear lines with "?"s on them to get power-ups that make your lines clear faster, block out your foe's border, reverse his or her tiles, and more.

A hypnotic electronic score gives the game the sleek appeal of a high-end fashion show. Polarium ...

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Number of Players: Single-player, multi-player
Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Mitchell Corporation
Console: Nintendo DS
Genre: Puzzle
Release Date: December 2, 2004
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