Gearz
System Requirements
 
  • System Requirements
  • Windows XP / Windows 2000 / Windows ME / Windows 98
  • 300 MHz Pentium 2 or equivalent
  • 64 MB Ram
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  • Uninstall instructions
 
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Gearz 

An action-puzzler like no other! Interconnect the different sizes of colorful rotating gears across scrolling levels to spin up the Goal Gear. Create Combos of matching color gears and spin Bonus Gears to earn huge bonuses. Blow away unwanted gears with Bombs to help you out of a pinch or take advantage of special Power-Up Gears to increase your score!

  • Unlimited Play
  • Innovative "gear-linking" gameplay
  • Exciting gear power-ups
  • Challenging levels
  • Difficulty modes
  • Per-Level Rankings (can you top your best?)
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Reviews of Gearz
 | Added on: November 16, 2010
 
This is not a very accessible game. Because of the speed of the game and because some of the gearz are small, it doesn't magnify well or lend itself to being played by someone who has hand problems. I can get about half way through the game before getting game over, so minor trouble with vision or using a mouse doesn't make it unplayable. It also has excellent auditory feedback - everything you do makes a sound. It is colorblind accessible, but don't expect to get a high score. Combos are made by color, but to finish the levels, size and direction are the most important things.. The game is relatively easy, especially for a game where speed is a factor. On the other hand, if you want to try to get all the bonus points, it can be pretty challenging. It shows you where you can play whatever gear you pick up, and it makes an X on the gearz when you can't play them. The game has great replay value because you never know what gearz will come up, so even though the levels are the same each time you play, it's different because the gearz are random. Also, you can try to beat your previous score, and see if you can connect all the bonus gearz. This is definitely an original game. I've never seen one like it before I started playing it several years ago, nor have I seen one like it since. When I was trying to figure out what game to buy, I remembered the name of this one. That's no little thing for me. This game is completely kid friendly. The game involves connecting start gear to finish gear, nothing scary and nothing even remotely adult. It has bombs that make a little exploding noise, but it's brief and accompanied by a boing sound. It has exploding sounds with fireworks at the ends of the levels as well. It also refers to "losing a life," but so do most games in existance. One of the best features of the game is that even if you get game over, you can start where you left off. Once you get to a certain level, when you start playing a game, you can click a selector up to the level stopped on, and start from there. The most unfortunate thing about the game is that it doesn't have profiles, so only one person can play the game at a time. If you have a family computer, that means if one person has to "quit for now," another person will either have to reset their game, or wait til that person finishes before playing. Given that you can get about half way through the game and still not have game over, this could be a problem. One good thing about the game that almost makes up for the lack of profiles is that you can put your own name into the high scores when you do get game over. And now for some game tips! Still reading? Okay! Sometimes there is a situation where /no/ gears will play. If you alternate sizes frequently as well as color, that won't happen. When you are in a hurry, keep selecting gearz from the same spot. Usually the sizes will alternate to help prevent the problem mentioned above, and frequently the colors are the same. If you come to a gear that is a different color or isn't immediately playable, then switch gear slots. Try to keep your play to the middle of the game board as much as possible unless you are trying to get all the bonus gearz. That way, when the board changes directions, you'll be more ready to go in the new direction and less likely to have to scramble to get your gearz going at the correct angle.
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