Rubble Trouble (Tokyo)
You're in trouble... rubble trouble, that is! The sequel to Rubble Trouble (New York), last year's physics puzzle destruct-em-up from Nitrome, has arrived! Rubble Trouble Tokyo puts you back behind the wrecking ball with the only crew no insurance will touch. After the good work you managed in the last game, the crew has been sent to the bright, shining metropolis of Tokyo to do what they do best; get rid of old, condemned buildings with explosive style. Of course, it doesn't take long for your workers to get sick of boring ol' nitro, and before you know it there's giant mechanical lizards, choppas, grabbers, and more all up ins. Can you do your destructive job and earn your pay without causing any property damage?
As before, on each level you have a monetary goal to meet, and limited tools at your disposal to do so. Demolition items will appear at the bottom of the screen, and it's as simple as clicking the name, and then clicking onscreen wherever you want to use it. But be careful; not only do some items come in limited quantities, but certain levels also have conditions that must be met (or avoided), so think before you go throwing explosions and heavy machinery willy-nilly. You might need to safely retrieve a worker, or manipulate your surroundings so that nearby properties are safe from flying and falling shrapnel... fail at either, and you may find that you don't have enough money to reach your target.
There's a lot to like about Rubble Trouble Tokyo, from its beautiful, catchy soundtrack to its wonderfully detailed, richly coloured environments. The new toys at your disposal are clever and creative, and often really entertaining to watch and play with. (Who among us has not wanted to mechanically burninate?!) On the downside, the physics can still be fairly frustrating; rubble is a little unreliable and can be weirdly "springy" at times, with entire floors bouncing up and down like a pogostick on one solitary square of blocks. Some of the game's thirty levels will also require a bit of experimentation to solve, since the employee patter, while amusing, doesn't always necessarily state how to use new tools as effectively as you might hope. Still, Rubble Trouble Tokyo is a fun, explosive, beautifully visualised little game that will appeal to fans of the original with an appetite for destruction. And speaking of the original, it's since been rebranded to Rubble Trouble New York, and contains two new levels and a very special final stage, so if you're a fan you'll want to check out the new content if you haven't already. In the meantime, slap on your construction hat, pack up your stereotypical red box lunch, and stuff your pants full of poorly contained dynamite... you've got a job to do!