Something noticeably missing from the arcade scene these days is puzzle games. The puzzle genre, which is not very popular in America, enjoyed a brief spotlight when Tetris hit the scene. Tetris was followed by Klax and Ataxx, but by then the genre was already fading into oblivion.
The Japanese market, however, has always been receptive to puzzle games, and they are sending us their latest. It's called Baku Baku, and it combines fun and colorful graphics with challenging puzzle action.
The home market has received most of the attention from puzzle gamers, as Wario, Kirby and Dr. Robotnik have each made an offering to the genre. Hopefully, Baku Baku will make a strong showing here, proving that American arcade gamers enjoy something other than fighting games!
One thing that you can say for Baku Baku, it sure is unusual! Using animals and fruit instead of the traditional blocks or beans, Baku Baku has a quirky, offbeat style that the Japanese are famous for. The exact mechanics of the game play are not available at this time, but as you can see, it has a Tetris-like format with items dropping from top to bottom. The graphics certainly look impressive and look similar to the images and backgrounds used in the Silicon Workstation-based Donkey Kong Country.
Seems as if we've got a spectator. Maybe the princess in the window is a prize for the winner? If that's the case, I'd have to say that the player on the left should lower the lights and chill the champagne. It seems as if the player on the right has more bananas than in a ape's dream! Whoa! Looks like if you lose, you get eaten by a lion! Let's hope your opponent won't be better at aligning fruits and vegetables than you are. Pop in some more credits and continue where you left off. Even if you get eaten, maybe you can garner a higher score.
2016-06-19 Baku-Baku game added.