Wetrix is a very challenging puzzle game which I would say is
NOT similar to Tetris. Tetris was a game where you put lines of
blocks together to remove them: Wetrix is different in many
aspects. In Wetrix you start off with a clean 3D surface plane, you
get many shapes available for you to use on this surface plane like
a T shape, L shape, Box shape and an I
shape. Once these pieces are dropped onto the surface it builds on
and merges with the surface.
Not only are the surface pieces random but Water, Fire and Bombs
also come in at random times. What you have to do is use the
shapes available to you to make a border, or rather a sort of dam
which can contain the water so it cannot fall off of the surface
plane. If water falls off there is a tube indicator to the side
showing how much water has been dropped and when the limit is
reached then the game is over. Once you have a few lakes set up
you should then wait for fire to become available and you use the
fire to evaporate water out of lakes. Fire also evaporates water out
of the limit indicator. Bombs basically just destroy the surface and
they cause a hole on the surface too, meaning that water can leak
out of that hole just as if it was falling out of the side of the surface
plane. Holes are easily repaired with more pieces.
Now you must be thinking this game is sort of dull: it's not dull at
all, there are so many more situations that can happen. Bombs
also reduce the Eartquake meter: every time you drop a piece the
earthquake meter rises. Earthquakes ruin the dams you made and
make water leak out, and it's a time for major repair. Your whole
lake can be turned into ice and bombs cannot penetrate the ice,
but of course fire melts ice. If you're lucky enough and get vast
amount of water into a dam consecutively without other pieces
coming up next or without leaks then you will get a Rainbow
Multiplier which will double your score. You might even see a cool
rubber ducky floating in your lake if it's tall enough.
Even though the game is not 3Dfx, the graphics are spectacular.
There are 3 modes you can choose from: 320x200, 640x480,
640x480 scaled. Now normal 640x480 mode looks like 3Dfx is
actually enabled but it isn't: although it looks 3dfx it doesn't play as
fast. On my P2-233 the game doesn't run as smooth as it does in
scaled mode. The differences are big between scaled and normal
mode, but you're gonna need a fast cpu to handle it. You might
want to also mail ZedTwo (the developer) to make a 3dfx patch.
The special effects to this game are very good, one of the best I've
seen is the earthquake warp to the screen, but there is so much
more to see.
Sound to the game is quite good on a Soundblaster AWE 32 with
3D sound enhancement. There is really nice robot speech you
hear when you do a few things, for example when making a lake
the robot voice will say "4 lakes" or "No lakes". Also the sizzle
sound for evaporation is nice. And the warning alarms are pretty
cool, you hear beeps and the robot voice saying "Warning!
Earthquake, Warning! Earthquake". Basically there is speech for
almost every instance.
Unfortunately the game does NOT have Internet play with it,
though I read on ZedTwo's homepage that they were currently
working on a patch that allows Internet play. You can currently
have a Hotseat player though (an actual person physically near
you to play). The control to the game is quite easy because it
allows you to use the mouse. It gets harder as the levels go up
because pieces drop faster. Wetrix is quite a challenging game
and requires a lot of practice (the practice mode is helpful). Modes
of play include Wetrix Classic and Pro mode.
This game is really one of a kind and is also pretty fun when you
understand how to play. You don't see games like this come often
so its definitely worth a try. I'll be playing this game for weeks
because of how challenging it is and when the Multiplayer patch
comes out it will be even more fun. You might not like puzzle
games but this is really fun, it's not too hard to understand HOW to
play, but it is challenging when actually going in Wetrix Classic or
Pro mode. It should only take you a short time to actually
understand it fully and to make it to at least level 2.