Klax (video game)

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Klax is a 1990 puzzle video game designed by Dave Akers and Mark Stephen Pierce.wikipedia
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Atari Games

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Atari Games originally released it as a coin-op follow up to Tetris, about which they were tangled in a legal dispute at the time.
Klax

Dave Akers

Klax is a 1990 puzzle video game designed by Dave Akers and Mark Stephen Pierce.
He co-designed the 1989 arcade game Klax with Mark Stephen Pierce and worked on Escape from the Planet of the Robot Monsters.

Atari 2600

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Released in the summer of 1990, it is also known for being the last game ever to be released on the Atari 2600 before the console was discontinued in early 1992. After the arcade version, Klax saw ports to most contemporary home computers and video game systems of the 1990s, including the Atari Lynx, Amstrad GX4000, and even the Atari 2600 as its final official Atari-licensed release exclusively in Europe.
The final Atari-licensed release is the PAL-only port of the arcade game KLAX in 1990.

Tengen (company)

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They quickly released several home versions under the Tengen brand.
It was best known for its ports of popular Atari arcade games, including Klax, Hard Drivin', STUN Runner, and Paperboy, although they published many other titles as well.

Puzzle video game

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Klax is a 1990 puzzle video game designed by Dave Akers and Mark Stephen Pierce.
Some feed to the player a random assortment of blocks or pieces that they must organize in the correct manner, such as Tetris, Klax and Lumines.

Midway Arcade Treasures

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The game was also reissued in Midway Arcade Treasures, a 2003 compilation for the Nintendo GameCube, PlayStation 2, Xbox and PC.

TurboGrafx-16

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Klax was the first game with versions for all three of the 1990s' leading consoles: the Nintendo Entertainment System, the Genesis and the TurboGrafx-16.
In the Japanese market, NEC went further by adding a hardware level detection function to all PC Engine systems that detected if a game was a U.S. release, and would then refuse to play it. The only known exception to this is the U.S. release of Klax which did not contain this function.

Amiga Power

On release, Famicom Tsūshin awarded the PC Engine version of the game a 30 out of 40. The game was ranked the 26th best game of all time by Amiga Power.

Columns (video game)

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The object is to line up colored blocks into rows of similar colors to make them disappear, to which the object of Columns is similar.

Arcade game

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Atari Games originally released it as a coin-op follow up to Tetris, about which they were tangled in a legal dispute at the time.

Tetris

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Atari Games originally released it as a coin-op follow up to Tetris, about which they were tangled in a legal dispute at the time. His influences were both Tetris and tic-tac-toe.

Conveyor belt

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Klax features a conveyor belt at the top of the screen.

Player (game)

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The player controls a small device which sits at the interface between the conveyor belt and the playing area, which can be moved left and right to catch the blocks and deposit them either in the playing area (which can hold 25 blocks in a 5X5 arrangement) or push them back up the conveyor belt.

AmigaBASIC

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Akers programmed Klax in just a few weeks using AmigaBASIC, then ported it line-by-line to C.

C (programming language)

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Akers programmed Klax in just a few weeks using AmigaBASIC, then ported it line-by-line to C.

Tic-tac-toe

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His influences were both Tetris and tic-tac-toe.

Nintendo Entertainment System

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Klax was the first game with versions for all three of the 1990s' leading consoles: the Nintendo Entertainment System, the Genesis and the TurboGrafx-16. Akers created the Nintendo Entertainment System and Genesis editions himself.

Sega Genesis

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Klax was the first game with versions for all three of the 1990s' leading consoles: the Nintendo Entertainment System, the Genesis and the TurboGrafx-16. Akers created the Nintendo Entertainment System and Genesis editions himself.

Chicago Tribune

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Klax received the Parents' Choice Foundation's seal of approval in 1990, won Best Mind Game at the 1991 European Computer Leisure Awards, and Dennis Lynch of the Chicago Tribune named it the Best Cartridge of 1990.

Midway Games

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Midway Games gained the rights to Klax upon purchasing Atari Games in 1996.

Game Boy Color

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Mike Mika, who was working on the Game Boy Color version of the game, placed a hidden wedding proposal inside it. It took his then girlfriend three years to uncover the proposal.

Snake (video game genre)

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Mike Mika also placed a hidden Snake-like game as well as a mini-adventure game within the game as easter eggs.

Easter egg (media)

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Mike Mika also placed a hidden Snake-like game as well as a mini-adventure game within the game as easter eggs.

Atari Lynx

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After the arcade version, Klax saw ports to most contemporary home computers and video game systems of the 1990s, including the Atari Lynx, Amstrad GX4000, and even the Atari 2600 as its final official Atari-licensed release exclusively in Europe.

Amstrad

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After the arcade version, Klax saw ports to most contemporary home computers and video game systems of the 1990s, including the Atari Lynx, Amstrad GX4000, and even the Atari 2600 as its final official Atari-licensed release exclusively in Europe.