Klax is a classic puzzle video game that was first introduced in arcades in 1990 by Atari Games. The primary objective of the game is to catch and arrange colored blocks as they tumble down a conveyor belt-like machine. Players need to create colored rows or specific patterns with these blocks in order to make them disappear and earn points.
The game consists of 100 levels, or waves, which are organized into 20 groups of five waves each. At the beginning of the game and after completing every fifth wave, the drop meter resets, and players can choose which wave they want to tackle next. Selecting a later wave grants bonus points and allows for more drops. Each wave presents a unique challenge or objective, such as creating a certain number of Klaxes (specific patterns), achieving a specific point threshold, or surviving a set number of falling tiles.
Upon completing a wave, players earn bonus points based on the number of tiles still on the conveyor belt and paddle, as well as for each empty space in the playing area or “well.” The game concludes when a player either runs out of drops, fills the well completely, or successfully finishes all 100 waves. Klax is an engaging and challenging puzzle game that tests players’ strategic thinking and reflexes.
(PAL version. Last official game released for the Atari 2600).