Quarth, Konami, 1990, FC

Quarth, Konami, 1990, FC

Quarth, Konami, 1990, FC Quarth, Konami, 1990, FC
Quarth, Konami, 1990, FC
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Quarth, Konami, 1990, FC

  • Condition: Good.
  • Tested: Works fine.
  • Quarth, released by Konami in 1990, mixes the elements of Tetris and Space Invaders. Much like Space Invaders, the player takes control of a ship that can only move from side to side, held back behind a dotted line that the player cannot pass; this line also functions as the game over line, like both games feature. Also like Space Invaders is the scrolling onslaught of objects that the player must shoot at. However, shooting at the objects does not destroy them it creates more objects wherever the bullet lands, which is where the element of Tetris gameplay comes in. Clearing the object requires filling it in so that the object has all four flat sides, much like filling in the lines in Tetris. As the player progresses in the game, the difficulty gradually increases until the tip of an object crosses the dotted line, ending the game.

    As it was originally released for the Japanese arcades in November 1989, there was an available multiplayer mode. Much like Tetris, the multiplayer was basically a split screen where both players could participate in their own gameplay, with each one trying to best the other one in terms of score and survival overall. The version of the game that was ported to the Game Boy also had a multiplayer feature, but since the screens were too small for a split screen option, the link cable was required for connection and each player would only be able to see the game that they were playing, not the other player's table.

    As a score- and speed-based puzzle game, Quarth soared in popularity in Japan. However, no steps were taken to bring the game across the sea to North America for some reason. American gamers would finally experience the game with the Game Boy port, but the Famicom version does have distinct advantages over this port, making it an excellent candidate for import rather than settling for the Game Boy version. expert review by Traci B.

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