Math Geeks: Your Brain on Crack

Someone wake up Alexey Pazhitnov. LUMINES is the best thing that's happened to the Tetris concept in 10 years. There's so much emotion involved in play that you feel like you're drinking high-grade iced sake mixed with Penguin caffeine mint-enhanced-Red Bull. Everything's a whirl of media, like watching TV while listening to MP3s while playing PlayStation 2. Make a move and your Tetris-like blocks add music to an already rich soundtrack full of everything from new age music to electronica. Don't be seduced by the screen's ever-morphing background art. For instance, one level shows a space station view of our angry blue planet spinning from space. Then, the earth changes color. Then . . . well, forget that particular Harpie of computer code. There's a game to play, bucko, one that wants to defeat you as each second passes. You gonna let a little processor get away with that?

This is your brain on crack. There's so much constant reasoning here that even math geniuses will find POLARIUM challenging (albeit fun). Polarium's tones are subtle monochromes, not surreal Pokemon colors. While it's your mission to eliminate blocks as in the classic Tetris, Polarium is less a race against time than a game of head-fracturing logic. Using the DS's innovative touch screen and stylus, you have to find a way to flip the tiles on a black and white grid so that they become the same color. And if you think that's easy, I got a book called Cryptnomicon for you that you can read in one minute flat.

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Lumines
For: PSP
Publisher: Ubisoft
Developer: Q Entertainment

Polarium
For: Nintendo DS
Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Nintendo/Mitchell

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