HAMSTER Co. has really set its place in the market with their recent partnership with the ACA NEOGEO project in the process of reviving old indie titles from the original Neogeo. They put another one on the shelf with the announcement of Money Puzzle Exchanger. The gameplay on the Nintendo Switch can be seen below
The game, originally, s a puzzle game created on January 17, 1997, by Japanese video game developer Face for the Neo Geo MVS arcade system. Athena Co. Ltd. ported it to the Game Boy on August 29, 1997, and the PlayStation on November 5, 1998. The gameplay of the title was fairly simple, being heavily arcade, given the time of release. Players race to prevent a perpetually falling array of coins in different values from filling up the screen. Coins are combined (vertically and/or horizontally) to form higher valued coins; for example, five ‘1’ coins will form a ‘5’ coin, and two ‘5’ coins will form a ’10’ coin, and so on, until two ‘500’ coins are put together, at which point both disappear. Coins are arranged and coloured to match denominations of the yen coins. Two bonus tiles allow for changes in gameplay. A green RU tile will rank up all coins of the same denomination; for example, all ’10’ coins will become ’50’ coins. A blue ER title will erase all coins of the same value. The game is won when any coin reaches the bottom of the opponent’s screen.
There are two modes, single and multiplayer. In the single-player mode, one of two characters can be selected who attempt to beat up to seven idiosyncratically named characters with names like Debtmiser, Mightdealer, Eldylabor, and Cherrybeiter. In addition to this, there is a solo mode which allows the player to play any character. The aim in Solo Mode is to continually clear the screen from coins and try to keep the game going for as long as possible. For the multiplayer, both players fight each other until victory. The quicker and more efficiently each player clears out their screen, the quicker the other player’s screen will fill up. Since filled screens offer the most opportunity for chaining together large combos, the tide can turn very quickly.
The game was made available as of 28th June by HAMSTER Co. It can be downloaded for the ACA NEOGEO series for $7.99 on PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch.