by Core Concepts
Price: $16.95 (Electronic Software Download)
all the saturation of RTS, RPG and FPS games it's difficult to remember
a time when other genres thrived. One such genre that has all but
disappeared of late is the puzzle genre. Only Microsoft's Pandora's
Box springs to mind when I think of a PC puzzle game from the last
few years. Core Concepts attempt to change all that and have released
a very enjoyable puzzle game in Rich Diamond.
at the screenshots you'd be forgiven for thinking the game was an
isometric version of LucasArts' Indiana Jones Desktop Adventures.
In fact it's highly likely that the titular Rich Diamond was based
on Indiana Jones, at least in terms of appearance. In fact just
like Indiana Jones, Rich Diamond has to watch out for arrows, giant
boulders and various enemies in his pursuit of escaping from his
what's the game all about then? Well basically you have to manoeuvre
Rich out of his current maze and also collect the diamonds along
your travels. However, it's not as simple as it might initially
seem. All the available diamonds have to be collected otherwise
the trapdoor, from which you exit the maze/level will not open.
You'll have to learn to manipulate the movement patterns of your
enemies if you're to succeed. You also have to cope with lava, shooting
arrows, giant boulders, bombs and many more potential life ending
threats. On some levels you'll have to manoeuvre Rich through tunnels
and you can't see where he is for moments at a time which can prove
diamonds and solving the puzzles will gain you points and you'll
lose points for every step you take so it pays not to mess around
and solve the puzzles as quickly as possible with as good a score
as possible. What makes Rich Diamond different is that your enemies
are not free roaming. They move in accordance with your movements.
You have to make the right movements in order to manipulate the
movements of your enemies. That is not to suggest that we have really
dumb enemies here, far from it. You can't lure a spider into a pit
for instance because it's too smart to fall for it. You can lure
the small robots to their doom though and walking past boulders
and arrows will trigger their movement.
be pleased to learn that the game isn't a test of how fast you can
move your fingers on the keyboard or mouse (the game can be controlled
by either) as enemy movements are directly linked to your own. If
anything the game has rather a turn-based feel to it that should
please puzzle fans everywhere. The game would have the potential
to seriously frustrate you but mercifully the developers saw fit
to include a save feature so you needn't lose any progress that
you make during a level.
the whole thing has been kept simple and uncluttered. A clean isometric
look has been used for the game and as a result there is no struggling
with camera angles so all your attention is focused on the gameplay
and that's the way it should be. You can choose to give the game
one of three styles. Dungeon, Desert and Jungle themes have been
included and can be applied to any level. You can even download
an Egyptian theme from the Core Concepts website. The game comes
with a level editor so you can create your own levels which will
of course extend the life of the game should you manage to complete
all 80 levels (which is going to take a very long time).
Diamond is absolutely fine for deaf gamers the tutorial is given
completely in text so you'll be up and running, or should that be
thinking?, in no time at all. Rich will occasionally make the odd
comment and these comments are not shown in text but they have no
bearing on the gameplay.
Diamond is one of those games which thinking gamers will appreciate.
The complexity of the puzzles is just right and encourages you to
rely on your intelligence and logic rather than having fingers that
move at the speed of light. Puzzle fans everywhere have a new game
Game Rating: 8.8/10
not that often you get a game that really encourages you to think
these days but Rich Diamond is just that and it's like a breath
of fresh air.
No problems at all for deaf gamers.