United Developers LLC subsidiary
has released Chainz, a new puzzle game for Mac and Windows that you can buy and download, or play a limited version of online using your Web browser and Java.
Chainz presents you with a board of multi-colored links. Clicking on each individual link rotates it 90 degrees, and creating chains of three or more links causes them to disappear and others to drop in their place.
Some bonus links multiply points while “wild links” can be joined with links of any color. Each successful chain will fill a meter on the side of the screen; when the meter is filled, you win the level.
In later levels, you can forge chains whose links include the letters in CHAINZ and you also have to manage black links, which can’t be rotated but can be included in chains. The game also features a “Get Hint” button that provides you with crucial details when you get stumped (at a cost in points). Normal and timed games provide some variation.
Chainz’s release comes on the heels of MumboJumbo’s release of Equilibria, a falling marble puzzle game for Mac, Windows and Java. Equilibria and Chainz join MumboJumbo’s previously released High Roller and Power Chips games as available for online download and play from Mumbo Jumbo’s Web site.
MumboJumbo is a business unit of the same company that owns MacPlay — several of MumboJumbo’s titles are available for purchase through the MacPlay store.
You can download a free trial of Chainz from the Web site now. A registration code costs US$19.99.