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Danger! The computer is malfunctioning. The screen appears to shatter. A test pattern appears, and the signal becomes scrambled. The computer's voice alerts the user to the cause of the distress. It's data munching bugs. Normally, they live in the recycle bin, digesting old data. Now the recycle bin has tipped over. Three-hundred bugs have escaped and are living below the circuit boards of the computer, interfering with computer functions. They must be stopped at once.
It's up to the user to move the bugs from their current locations back to the recycle bin. They are currently located in a series of 30 grids, along 3 paths, with ten grids on each path. The grids are maze-like puzzles. Each grid works in a slightly different way. Similarly, each bug is unique, with an individual combination of three characteristics (head shape, color and marking). As the bugs are set forth onto the grid, they encounter objects that can cause them to stop (a magnet), change directions, or unleash other bugs currently caught in magnets. It's the user's job to analyze how each grid works, through trial and error, deduction, and logic, and then move all the bugs through the grid to the recycle bin that awaits on the other side, a task that's much easier said than done!
Our testers were frustrated with the actual movement of the bugs (and other objects) onto the grid squares. Users must hold the bug over the grid such that the square that they want to move the bug onto becomes lit. This does not necessarily mean holding the bug over that exact square, most often the bug is held over the next square over. Needless to say, this caused much initial confusion and persisted as an annoyance.
PC: Windows 95 or higher, 350 MHz or faster cpu, 64 MB RAM, SVGA 800x600 resolution, 16-bit video display, 4 MB Video card with Direct3D compatible 3D accelerator 12x or faster CD-ROM, Sound card and speakers.return to top of page
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