Estimated Street Price: $ 19.95
Review By: Dennis Gregory
Thanks to Microsoft for supplying the screenshots.
Like Tetris? With Tetris being
probably the first successful computer game, the creator of Tetris struts
his stuff in the new game developed by Microsoft and Alexey Pajitnov the
creator of Tetris. With 350 puzzles that range from easy to hard you'll
never get bored. Its guaranteed to make you think!
Microsoft has changed relatively simple
games into an exciting storyline including a trip around the world showing
you different works of art of different cultures around the world. The
puzzles are all closely related in each city, so if you like seeing
Egyptian people, pharaohs, and other Egyptian pictures, Pandora's Box lets
you play puzzles of exciting fun from putting statues together to putting
ancient hieroglyphics. Microsoft keeps you addicted on those rainy or even
SNOWY days this upcoming winter.
Don't know if you know, but MSN's Internet Gaming Zone has a game called
Mind Aerobics, in this game are games including a game where you combine
puzzle pieces that overlap, this game has been incorporated into Pandora's
that was one of the first things I saw as I already knew how to play it.
If you're already interested in this game click here while you read to
the Pandora's Box's trial
Installation seems to be the same in all the Microsoft games now including
Asheron's Call. A instlalation screen which is graphical and usually
includes sounds encompasses your entire screen showing you how much it has
copied and usually gives you a little music to dance to.
Pandora's Box has an interesting story
line as we previously stated earlier in this review, while the story could
have been worked on a little bit more it definitely is enough to keep you
playing. Basically, the story is based on the greek mythology that Zeus
gave Pandora a box full of all the dangers in the world.
Microsoft has led you to believe that these "tricksters" are the
dangers of the world and they have been let out, and you are to find and
capture the tricksters' pieces and eventually the actual tricksters to rid
the world of these dangers.
Apparently you have to discover pieces of
Pandora's Box by traveling around the world olving puzzles to capture the
trickster you are currently looking for.
Each piece has a different story and they
do a good job of describing the story with what sounds to be like a
professional story teller's voice.
With 350 puzzles and lots of different
kinds of puzzles, there's no way to get bored in this game, unless your on
a tricky one and you give up! This is one game that depending on what your
style is you may like or may not. Most people do.I don't want to get into
the types of games as I want that to be a surprise for you, but I will
mention a few:
Those are only 5 out of 10
different kinds of puzzles, Here are a few of them in action:
Sound & Music
Considering this is not
really a 3D game, the graphics are hardly worth speaking about. They do
their purpose which is to help you enjoy the game. While it may not be
Asheron's Call quality its certainly something worth watching.
Sound and music makes the
game, with its unique sounds and animations is some puzzles makes the
games easy to play and easy to think.
Tricksters? I bet when I
mentioned the tricksters in Pandora's box you got
confused, well I'm going to straighten them all out. The tricksters you
are trying to catch
have flown the coop or have broken out of Pandora's Box. Here are the
tricksters you are trying to catch:
likes nothing so much as a jest, especially when the joke's on
he's forever laughing at them, except when he's laughing with them.
is endlessly inventive, but never takes anything very seriously. He
thousand tricks to play, and you never know what his next prank will
steps in and shakes things up when there's too much order in the
She's contradictory and contrary, and doesn't like it when things go
played tricks on the gods and got himself thrown out of heaven for his
mischief-making. On earth, he's king of the monkeys.
likes playing jokes on those who think they're smarter than he is. He
can make anyone believe anything, but he's been fooled himself a time
has been tricking mortals since the word was young. Whenever people
too full of themselves, he can't resist taking them down a peg.
likes mortals, but can't seen to resist having fun with them. you can
never tell if he's doing you a favor or playing another joke.
The game is relatively
simple and doesn't require you to be smart just a good thinker, or someone
who's ready to sit down to a good puzzle. Some puzzles are hard and may
require you to go further in the level to get Free tokens or Hints which I
am going to talk about next.
Some puzzles will take just
too long to figure out and you want to capture the trickster! That's why
Microsoft has incorporated some help on some puzzles if you've earned it.
Here are some of the kinds
of help they provide:
- Hints are hidden in special puzzles and if you solve one of the
puzzles you receive a hint which can be used on a later puzzle
anywhere in the game. A hint is usually small and should only be used
if you're stuck. A hint is something like where a particular piece
goes in Overlap game or where a piece goes in a Rotascope.
Puzzles - After solving 10 puzzles you are given a Free
puzzle which means
you can use this anywhere in the game that will solve the whole puzzle
for you. Usually showing you how its solved so you can see what you
could have done or what you should have done. You only get these every
10 solved puzzles so don't use them without making sure you need to
Microsoft has developed the perfect game for newbies! Without knowing how
the game works like in Asheron's Call. You don't need to know the game,
all you need is your computer and your strategic skills! This game can be
addicting in fact when it was in beta under the code
name Rubik some testers and their children were hooked! If you want to
know... Pandora's Box Anonymous next week at the ActiveWindows Chat. See
CD with Manual
so Good Graphics
CD and Manual Together
Windows 98 Second Edition
80 Meg SD-Ram
3dfx Voodoo 3 2000 - 16mb
Crystal PnP Soundcard
15" IBM Monitor
Microsoft Natural Keyboard
Microsoft Intellimouse Pro
Pentium 100 or faster microprocessor
Microsoft Windows® 95, 98 or Windows NT® Workstation operating
system version 4.0 or later with Service Pack 3
16 MB RAM for Windows 95, 98, (32 MB recommended), 32 MB of RAM
for Windows NT (64 MB Recommended)
100 MB of available hard-disk space; 50 MB of available hard-disk
space for swap file
4X CD ROM drive or faster
Audio board and speakers for audio
Super VGA video display (with 1MB VRAM)
Microsoft Mouse or compatible pointing device