As a kid, I always loved short arcade games like Tetris, Arkanoid and Frogger. As I grew older, only Tetris remained as one of the short arcade games I liked. This changed when I gave Invalid Tangram a try. It is a coffee break-sized game. It's small, plays fast and doesn't require intros or the likes to get into it. You just start it up, choose "Play" and that's it. What is Invalid Tangram, however?
The game is a one-screen Shoot' Em' Up with tangram graphics. You fly around the screen, killing as many enemies as you can within a set amount of time. If you get hit, you'll lose 10 seconds. Each enemy you shoot turns into a coloured block, which drops to the bottom of the screen. If two or more block of the same colour connect, you can absorb it, giving you that ship's powers. You can get a spreadshot (yellow), seeking shot (green), rapid shot (red) or powershot (blue), or make any combination of them. Along with powering up, absorbing blocks gives you extra time, equal to the amount of blocks you just absorbed.
The graphics of this game are very simple and stylized. Everything consists out of blocks and tangram elements. It's nothing special, technically, but does give the game a unique look. What really finishes this game, though, is the music. The SID-tunes this game blasts out are the perfect background music for the action, and keeps you pumping to get as high as score as possible. The game simply wouldn't be half as cool if it weren't for the music.
No matter what kind of gamer you are, no matter what kind of games you like, literally nobody will be able to resist "just one more try" after having had a taste of Invalid Tangram.
Review by: Raf