Week in Arcade: Puzzlegeddon, Alien Breed


A two-fer the week before the final shopping days of Christmas, and they’re good ones, making it difficult to hold back if you’re trying to conserve funds for gifts.

Alien Breed Episode 1

Team 17’s remake of their obscure Amiga classic is a winner, at least in terms of gameplay. The darkness sets a mood, but also obscures the alien invasion aboard a crumbling ship. Trying to keep up when you can barely see what is happening is unfairly a difficult, a shame since the satisfying weaponary makes it a joy to shred the bug-like critters.

The character moves slowly through the top-down stages, although this adds to the adventure feel and the tension. Key cards to open doors is a relatively archaic mechanic, but one that also forces exploration, something worth doing for ammo and health. It is important to note this is only the first part of the game though, so consider that this will cost more than $10 in the long run.


The only complaint with Tecmo’s latest is the rather small size of the playfield. Those with smaller TVs will have to squint to see the blocks which as moved by rows to match up at least five. Think a faster-paced Yoshi’s Cookie, with missiles.

That is the joy of Puzzlegeddon. It’s not enough to just remove pieces from a playfield, but you earn defense or offense. Your opponent is eliminating their own blocks, and can send missiles or disrupt your play. You need to have quick wits to manage both sides, especially when three others gang up on you. Offense can be fast, and landing a powerful missile strike on an opponent is pure gaming bliss, especially since you had to work to get the chance. This is a fantastic concept, and one that knows its limitations, staying firmly in a tightly wound clever package that doesn’t try to do more than it should.

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Meet Chester

Oakland Tribune May 6, 2007 Tri-Valley Animal Rescue presents Chester, a lovable hound mix. His motto is never pass up a plate of food, even if it isn’t his!

This young dog will be sure to bring a smile to your face. He is very friendly and enjoys being around other dogs and human companions. He sleeps in his crate and enjoys his toys and playing fetch. web site pet food express

Chester weighs about 53 pounds and is likely to end up at 60 when full grown.

Chester is intelligent and learns basic obedience commands quickly. He can be a little mouthy, so he is best for a family with older children. To meet him, call Jennifer at (510) 352-6744 or e- mail cattledogdreams@yahoo.com. see here pet food express

Tri-Valley Animal Rescue has been saving animals for 14 years and last year alone saved more than 1,600 from being euthanized at animal shelters. It is the primary rescue organization working with East County Animal Shelter in Dublin.

Tri-Valley Animal Rescue hosts dog and cat adoptions from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays at the Pleasanton Farmers Market and from noon to 4 p.m. at PetsMart in Dublin.

Cats are available for adoption from noon to 4 p.m. the first, second and third Saturdays of the month at Pet Food Express in Dublin and the first and third Saturdays at Livermore Pet Extreme.

Cats are also available for adoption from 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays at PetsMart and Pet Food Express in Dublin.