Tidalis is a block-based puzzle game with casual appeal, hardcore depth, and an addictive new "streams" mechanic. The game is brimming over with riffs and variants on that core mechanic with 20 game modes, dozens of special blocks and items, and 115 levels in the adventure mode alone.
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Data de lançamento: 16/jul/2010
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17 de julho

Official 1.500: Linux Support!

Recently I said that we weren't going to port Tidalis to linux, because it's just not a profitable enough game for us, and it's on a super old version of our engine. Well... man if I didn't boot this game up and just fall in love with it all over again. I get to say this, because I wasn't the lead designer on this one -- Lars Bull really did a stellar job with the design of this game (the only Arcen title I wasn't lead designer on).

Anyhow, as you can no doubt guess by the title of this post, the game charmed me into going back and porting it to linux despite my original intent. Also, honestly we wanted to have full linux support for ALL of our library, without unsightly holes here and there.

Here are the release notes. There are actually a few fixes in there, too, which is handy.

New System Requirements

The one big caveat with this release is that the newer version of Unity that we upgraded to has higher system requirements -- in terms of operating system -- than the much older version that Tidalis was on. Notably, on the Microsoft side, Windows 2000 can no longer be used -- you have to have Windows SP2 or higher, now. On the Apple side, you can't use PowerPC computers any longer -- you have to have an Intel-based CPU.

But wait, what if you already bought it and can no longer play it!? Got you covered, of course. :) Version 1.017 is marked in Steam as having a "beta" version that you can opt in to that is named "OldSysReqs." I'm not sure if Steam itself honestly is able to hit the system requirements that Tidalis used to be able to, though...

License Keys No More

Another nice thing about this version is that the license key that was previously required is now optional instead. The game won't ask you for the CD key anymore, and Steam actually no longer even gives you one, since that was only confusing and pointless. But if you have one from the past, you can still use it if you... for some reason want to. ;)

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  • "Tidalis é um jogo de combinação de 3 que não é cansativo nem repetitivo: eu realmente quero jogá-lo, o que deve significar algo considerando quantos jogos de quebra-cabeças já analisei. Não acho que seja exagero dizer que Tidalis é um dos melhores jogos de quebra-cabeça que já joguei. Simplesmente, se você gosta de quebra-cabeças (e mesmo se normalmente não gosta), precisa jogar Tidalis. Vá!"
    James Allen, de Out of Eight PC Game Reviews (pontuação 8/8)
  • No geral, este é o jogo casual mais robusto e interessante que vejo em algum tempo. Existe tanto a ser feito e tantas maneiras de se jogar que já não sei se a palavra "casual" encaixa-se bem. Sim, a jogabilidade é casual, mas este é um jogo da Arcen Games muito bem desenvolvido e bem afinado que envergonha muitos jogos mais caros. Ele possui numerosas formas de jogo e afortunadamente pega um gênero antigo, vira-o ao avesso e mostra o que pode ser feito quando você pensa fora da caixa."
    Christophor Rick, Gamers Daily News (Prêmio de Ouro GDN , pontuação 9/10)

Sobre este jogo

Tidalis is a block-based puzzle game with casual appeal, hardcore depth, and an addictive new "streams" mechanic. The game is brimming over with riffs and variants on that core mechanic with 20 game modes, dozens of special blocks and items, and 115 levels in the adventure mode alone. The basic rules of the game are this: blocks fall down into the board and have a color and an arrow direction. If a stack of blocks exceeds the height of the board, you lose. In order to clear blocks, you must right-click and drag paths through the arrows to set up chain reactions of like-colored blocks.
If this sounds simple, that's because it is -- you'll be lining up lengthy chains within minutes. But you'll be surprised how much brainpower it takes to set up combos of multiple chains, and the many brainteaser-style puzzles include some real stumpers. Tidalis has co-op and competitive multiplayer modes (both online and offline); action-oriented modes and timer-less brainteasers; a lengthy, casual-friendly adventure mode; twenty unique game modes providing innumerable twists to the basic gameplay; dozens of special blocks and items; and over fifty minutes of beautiful music to go with the painterly art.
In short, several games' worth of content are built on top of this core mechanic, which you'll quickly find to be as iconic as it is novel.

Key Features:

  • Puzzle game with casual appeal, hardcore depth, and an addictive new mechanic.
  • Two-player co-op and competitive play (both local and networked).
  • A wide selection of both action-oriented or brainteaser-like levels.
  • Casual-friendly adventure mode, hardcore-focused custom games and vs modes.
  • 20+ game styles, and dozens of items and special blocks.
  • Rich, painterly art style and beautiful music.
  • Players can create and share whole new themes, levels, and adventures.
  • Options for colorblind players, players averse to lots of light and motion, and older computers.

Requisitos de sistema

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Mac
Linux
    • OS: Windows XP SP2 or later
    • Processor: 1.4Ghz CPU minimum, 1.8 Ghz recommended for background animation or multiplayer
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM (2 GB recommended)
    • Graphics: 800x600 or greater screen resolution (32 bit color, 1280x720 recommended)
    • Hard Drive: 600 MB
    • Other Requirements: Internet Connection or LAN required for networked multiplayer. Single-computer multiplayer is also available.
    • OS: Mac OSX Intel CPU and "Leopard" 10.5 or later.
    • Processor: 1.4Ghz CPU minimum, 1.8 Ghz recommended for background animation or multiplayer
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM (2 GB recommended)
    • Graphics: 800x600 or greater screen resolution (32 bit color, 1280x720 recommended)
    • Hard Drive: 600 MB
    • Other Requirements: Internet Connection or LAN required for networked multiplayer. Single-computer multiplayer is also available.
    • OS: Ubuntu 10.10 or later, although other unsupported distros may very well work
    • Processor: 1.4Ghz CPU minimum, 1.8 Ghz recommended for background animation or multiplayer
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM (2 GB recommended)
    • Graphics: 800x600 or greater screen resolution (32 bit color, 1280x720 recommended)
    • Hard Drive: 600 MB
    • Other Requirements: Internet Connection or LAN required for networked multiplayer. Single-computer multiplayer is also available.
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53.3 hrs registradas
Quick review:

Short Verdict: Wow. I started playing this game thinking: "Well, if I got this game, might as well try it for a few minutes before I get bored and move on". Lesson learned: don't judge a book by its cover! This is an excellent addicting puzzle game with a new twist on match-3 and tetris, but definitely the best I've played of this genre! I don't even usually like match-3 or tetris games--this is for any puzzle lover! If you check how much time I spent on it, plus the fact that I've written 2 guides for it, you'll know I totally recommend this game!

Pros:
  • Addicting new dynamics to match-3 and tetris, creating a really fresh gameplay experience
  • 115 adventure levels and 69+ puzzle/brainteaser levels (I've even found an extra 70-level fan-made adventure mode in their official forum)
  • Includes editor and you can exchange levels with fellow players
  • Color-blind blocks available, as well as many other models if you don't like the original
  • Lovely piano BGM
  • Beautiful background graphics
  • A LOT of gameplay modes, each feeling unique, not just something to pretend there's more content (there are so many modes that you can't even find them all in the main adventure)
  • Co-op mode with distinct gameplay
  • You can really feel the difficulty rise as you progress in the game
  • Handicap options if you think the game is too easy/hard
  • Even now the devs are always ready to support you here in Steam forums

Cons:
  • You need to send files outside the game to share levels
  • The game is definitely for adults, since it gets hard pretty quickly, but the theme and story is rather childish (you can skip the story, though)
  • It has a lot of unexplored potential, like the many game modes that weren't used
  • Playing online co-op mode is really hard, since it has barely any active community
  • There's so much terminology that it takes quite some time for you to get used to it (like "chains", "combos", and "color reaction")

Bought on / for: Indie Bundle 3 by GreenMan Gaming for an average of US$ 0.60 (R$ 1.47). Seriously, taking out the 10 hours of idling, I still paid less than 2 (dollar) cents for each hour of fun. Even taking the bus to the beach is more expensive! (not that we nerds ever do that) Even if I'd paid full price, it would've been worth it.
Publicada: 5 de outubro
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A cute little casual game. Plays like match-3 meets tetris.
I tried playing the game during a sick day and found its adventure mode a real chore.

There's nothing really "Wrong" with this game, I just didn't find it fun.
Publicada: 3 de outubro
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This is a tough game to review, and whether it's recommended or not depends entirely on the demographic. Tidalis is a supremely polished and smooth game that has a metric ton of features. The trailers and screens don't do justice to the sheer amount of content that the game contains, and it's a nice tonic when compared to the occasional Early Access flop that you see on Steam. There's clearly a lot of love that's gone into the creation of Tidalis.

Fans of puzzle games will find a lot to admire. The gameplay is very solid with a bewildering array of game options. The adventure mode doesn't take itself too seriously, has a decent sense of humour and is as challenging as you want it to be - handicap adjustments can be made at any time, though the default difficulty provides a good test without inducing baldness. The brainteasers offer another dimension, and the level editor is sound. Multiplayer is available in all modes and works well. Special mention to an excellent OST to round things off. Perhaps I'm sounding overly positive, but I was genuinely impressed with the level of quality that this game presented.

That being said, it's ultimately held up by its own genre limitation - if you're a puzzle game fan, particularly match-3 games, then fantastic! I'd urge you to pick this immediately. But for others, it might all get a tad too samey over the course of the game. Despite some varied gameplay mechanics, it all boils down to the same core principle at the end of the day, and if that doesn't sound like your cup of tea then it might not be worth it.

I'd still recommend it as an excellent example of what a good puzzler is all about; depth, difficulty and variety.
Publicada: 12 de maio
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5 de 6 pessoas (83%) acharam esta análise útil
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Tidalis takes the Tetris genre of games and rips it apart. Tidalis is basically Tetris on steroids.

Like Tetris, multi-colored blocks will fall down your screen at regular intervals. If you match up the blocks correctly they'll be cleared, but if too many blocks stack up (to the top of your screen) you lose. But that is where the similarity ends.

In Tidalis you create "streams" to clear your blocks, and with clever positioning it's possible to use streams to clear blocks all across the play area. As blocks are cleared more streams can be created allowing you to create combos that give you extra points. It's really cool to plan out a chain reaction and see it pay off!

Also, there are about two dozen special blocks to spice up gameplay. Some of these are generally helpful, such as a "quad repeater" -- if one stream goes into the repeater, four come out, meaning you can get some really nice chains or combos going. But some special blocks are generally unhelpful, such as an "idol" block, that will halve the score of any chain that touches it. Usually there are only 1 or 2 special blocks used per level, and you're given a briefing on exactly what they do before the level starts. This is good as it prevents players from getting overwhelmed from the sheer variety possible.

Speaking of variety, there are a ton of different victory conditions to keep things fresh. Remember how I said that quad repeater blocks are generally good? Well how about a level with quad repeaters where the victory condition is to score the smallest chains possible, and the loss condition is to score too many large chains? In that level you'd actually want your streams to avoid the quad repeaters to keep your chains from getting too big!

There are also items that you can use in some levels, for example one item will remove several blocks from the play area and put them in your inventory, allowing you to re-arrange them at your leisure.

There are also many different game modes. For example in "Graviton" game mode your streams are affected by gravity, meaning they do not go up as far, but they go down much further.

Fortunately there are several tutorials for this game, and a Custom Game mode where you can experiment with all the multitude of options.

There is also a Versus mode where you play against other human players, and a Co-operative mode where you work with other human players to beat a level! There is a level editor included so you can create your own levels from scratch!

Finally, there is Adventure mode, which is the main single-player campaign. Whoever heard of a Tetris-genre puzzle game having a single-player campaign with a storyline??? I think that was a pretty nice treat. There are 115 levels in the campaign, with another 100+ optional "Brainteaser" levels. If you get stuck on a level you have the option to skip it, but I'm pleased to say I was able to make it through the whole campaign without having to skip any levels, so the difficulty level was about right. The Brainteaser levels are quite different from normal levels. In Brainteaser mode no blocks fall from the top of the screen, you are only allowed to create one stream, and you have unlimited time to postion your blocks and ponder your one move.

I thought the soundtrack for the game was well done. It is a mix of both cheery and soothing piano tunes.

If there is one criticism it's that the single-player storyline seems to be geared towards young children, but the difficulty level of the puzzles is geared towards adults. But it's not good to be too critical on that point, I'm astounded the game had a storyline at all!

If you like Tetris-style games or really any puzzle games at all you should check out Tidalis.
Publicada: 18 de maio
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5 de 7 pessoas (71%) acharam esta análise útil
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I spent 240 hours grinding my last achievement.

I'm thinking of idling other games so people stop looking at my games library and asking why I've played more Tidalis than Skyrim.
Publicada: 13 de agosto
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A little strange at first, this puzzle game is a lot of fun. It includes an unlockable Zen mode for when you want to relax, and has a lot of different puzzle formats (timed, colour restrictions, and online co-op as well).

I've spent an hour on it without realising it, and I want to return to it as soon as possible. Personally, I can't ask any more of a game. The gameplay is also smooth, and there are no glitches/crashes/bugs in my experience. In addition, the storymode has me intrigued: I want to know more about the characters presented, which is rare in a puzzler. Even some RPGs can't manage that kind of interest. It also has a pleasant sense of humour.

Thumbs up all the way, you won't be sorry playing this puzzle game.
Publicada: 3 de junho
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2.0 hrs registradas
One nice casual indie puzzle game with relaxing visuals and music that you can actually play for a while and won't get you bored.
Publicada: 18 de maio
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Just what I need to unwind after massacring zombies...... Beautiful, Catchy/Dynamic Music, Paced Gameplay (Easy to Challenging), Story Mode ... I'm not a huge puzzeler, but I was a gamer when Tetris was huge, and this feels like a complex, evolved, yet still-casual take on the action-puzzle genre :)
Publicada: 26 de maio
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LAME
Publicada: 5 de maio
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no, don't ever even consider it. I got it in a humble bundle. I at least managed 8 minutes of it.
Publicada: 12 de junho
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Tidalis is a decent little puzzler that could have done with touch controls or a 3DS version - in fact, if you told me that this was a former mobile phone game, I wouldn't doubt you for a second. you see, the object of the game is to chain together blocks by directing a stream of energy through them, but the energy will only move in the direction painted on each block. You can change the directions on each arrowed block, allowing you to set up chains that weren't there before. It gets more complicated from there, with special blocks that stop streams in their tracks, others that need to be smashed on the bottom of the playfield, and others besides.

To be honest, I've found the default difficulty rather easy and relaxing, which is how a casual puzzle game should be IMO - a casual puzzler should never frustrate the player with arbitrary difficulty spikes, it should be the mental equivalent to a light morning jog - only enough exercise to get the blood pumping, and the brain slightly warm. In what I've played of Tidalis, the only place I was continually having difficulty was the "get 7500 pints in 4 minutes" stage, and that's purely because it was pure RNG luck-based ♥♥♥♥♥♥oel.

That's the main criticism I have of the game - there's an element of randomness that's slightly unwelcome in a casual environment, though not the same sort that plagues "pay-to-win" crap like Candy Crush Saga, thank goodness. The other gripe I have with the game is the bizarre cutscenes, which are needlessly distracting and try-hard unfunny to boot. but I don't want to sound too harsh on the game - it's a great little time-waster, especially for 79p during a Steam Sale, or as part of an indie bundle (or for free from a Steam friend, thanks Broodje Gezond!). There's some nice, folksy piano/flute-led music there, too, if you're into that kind of thing.

Overall, yeah, I'd recommend it - if you can get it for cheap or free. It's not really worth £4.
Publicada: 24 de junho
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Decent puzzle game. Nothing Special
Publicada: 20 de junho
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This game is just ♥♥♥♥♥......
Publicada: 8 de julho
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Crashes after first adventure level. Had it free with PC Gamer so not concerned about wasting money. Can't write any more as I have only been able to play for five minutes.
Publicada: 12 de julho
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it loaded the game for 6 minutes and we had 4 minutes time to play it.
i can only say that it is 5/5 goty gg gamed of the years
Publicada: 12 de julho
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Excelente!
Publicada: 18 de julho
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Highly addicting and adorable characters!
Publicada: 24 de junho
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I hate this game. It is no fun.
Publicada: 17 de julho
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Very relaxing - until the challenge level ramps up. Then it gets something else entirely.
Don't be fooled! This game is a hardcore puzzler at heart despite its cute appearance.

The streams mechanic is fairly unique and makes for interesting puzzles, both of the twitchy and the thoughtful kind.
Definitely a game I plan to go back to.

Also it's a steal. So if you have some interest in puzzle games, do yourself a favor and give this gem a shot (there is a demo). You might be pleasantly surprised.

Also: Very good soundtrack!
Publicada: 23 de setembro
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Tidalis is a very cute and highly addictive casual puzzle game with a unique take on a well-known formula. The cutscenes and music are probably a matter of taste (personally, I liked the music but skipped through most of the story), but if you want to just sit down and relax, they create a comfortable and immersive atmosphere. The tutorial does a great job at introducing the game mechanics and there is a huge variety of different game modes. You can even create your own puzzles or play community-created ones. Last but not least, it has full Linux/SteamOS support. If you like games like Tetris Attack or Bejeweled, this is certainly for you.

In campaign mode, however, there is one major issue that you should be aware of: More than other puzzle games I've played, victory is often a matter of mere luck. In some stages the victory conditions are impossible to plan ahead for; on many occasions I had to restart a level several times because the blocks on the board didn't leave any sensible moving options. While in Bejeweled the board is cleared when you're out of moves, this does not happen here. On one occasion, for example, you're supposed to create large combos but at the same time are not allowed to move the majority of blocks. If they're not in a useful position by chance, there's simply nothing you can do, which can be extremely annoying.

If you believe that you can cope with this problem, I recommend this game to you.
Publicada: 22 de julho
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