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Net Yaroze Month: Squeak

This entry is part 28 of 35 in the series Net Yaroze Month. You can see all parts of the series listed at the bottom of this post.

In Net Yaroze Month, we are playing every Net Yaroze game featured on the UK Official Playstation Magazine, and ranking them all in the order we liked them. You may have other opinions as to the ranking, which is awesome.

To learn more about Net Yaroze, read our introductory article here.

If you’ve played a match-three game, such as Bejeweled or Candy Crush Saga, before then you’ll know what Squeak is all about.

If not, then the idea is simple. You start with a board of items with different colours or shapes. You then need to swap two adjacent items to form a vertical or horizontal line of three matching items. When you’ve done this, they are removed from the board and other items fall to replace them.

In Squeak’s case, the items you need to match are different types of fruit. If you are feeling adventurous, you can switch them out for vegetables (though the pedant in me wants to point out that the tomato, chilli pepper, and green pepper are still fruits)

When the board has no possible matches, you will get a new board to play with. You also have a joker you can use on each round if you are really stuck.

How much you enjoy this game will probably depend on if you burnt yourself out playing Candy Crush on your phone a few years back.

Game: Squeak
By: Ben James
Genre: Puzzle (Match-Three)
Available on Euro Demos: 106

Legacy

Sector 781

We’ve covered what Ben James has been up to lately previously here and here. Since then however he has released a new cutesy pixel Metroidvania style game on itchi.io called Sector 781, which is worth checking out.

Net Yaroze Month rankings:

Squeak is fun, and although Match Three games are ten-a-penny these days, I’m trying to view this from the eyes of the era in which they were made, so I’d recommend this for fans of the genre. If you’re not a fan, there’s nothing here to sway you.

  1. Blitter Boy
  2. Rocks n Gems
  3. Terra Incognita
  4. Super Bub Contest
  5. Robot Ron
  6. Decaying Orbit
  7. Psychon
  8. INVS
  9. Haunted Maze
  10. Roller
  11. Gravitation
  12. Squeak
  13. Adventure Game
  14. Katapila
  15. Pssst!
  16. Game Involving Triangles
  17. Yarozians
  18. Tanx
  19. PingPing
  20. Opera of Destruction
  21. Video Poker Simulator
  22. Between the Eyes
  23. Bouncer 2
  24. Yaroze Rally
  25. Sphere
  26. Blockz
  27. Surf Game

Still to play:

  • Shroud
  • Total Soccer Yaroze
  • Time Slip
  • Sam the Boulderman
  • Technical Demo
  • Pushy IIb
  • Pandora’s Box
  • Down
  • Snowball Fight
  • Arena
  • A Dog Tale
  • Mah Jongg
  • Samsaric Asymptotes
  • Hover Car Racing
  • Clone
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