What happens when you cross a pile of dominoes with a slot machine? Frankly, nothing good, as most slot machines have the ability to shoot dominoes at speeds up to 120 mph (193 kph), so it's best to stay away from a domino-toting slot machine if you see one, unless it's under careful professional supervision and in a Plexiglas box. But in case you never get the opportunity to stumble over a friendly slot machine, Tonypa (Pushori, Twibik) has a perfect alternative.
Pariboro is Tonypa's latest endeavor into the world of tile-based games of skill and luck. Forty tiles of three colors lie on the grid before you, and your job is to clear as many tiles as you can. On the right, a slot machine of sorts will automatically spin and stop on a pair of tiles. Find a pair of adjacent tiles like that on the board, and click them to remove them from play. If you clear an entire row, their empty placeholders will disappear, allowing more tiles to fall in from the top, and you get a nice score bonus. However, if the slot machine ever produces a pair of tiles that can't be cleared from the board, the game ends. It's as simple as that; keep clearing lines to stay alive and rack up more points.
In the long run, your goal is two-fold. The longer you can last, the higher your score is. Scores are automatically uploaded onto the high score server for instant comparison against the other Pariboroers of the world. Your highest score is always saved, so don't worry about losing your slot because of a bad game. But wait, there's more! If you're signed in at this delightful Casual Gameplay website, the game automatically detects your username and submits that as your high score identity. (Not logged in, or need to sign up for an account? Click the "Sign in" link at the very top right of the page.)
Also, as you finish games and reach higher scores, you'll notice that a piece of a mysterious jigsaw puzzle is revealed when you finish a game. If you can reach a certain threshold of points in a game, you'll be rewarded with a step towards a scoring bonus in future levels. Thus, the more you play, the greater chance you have of reaching a higher score!
Analysis: Pariboro is yet another classic casual game from Tonypa that exhibits his simple-yet-unique style of graphics and sounds. Perhaps Wikipedia should have a link to Tonypa's games on its page explaining "elegant simplicity".
Along with the simplicity, you will notice the fine balance between luck and strategy that you'll need to play this game. There is a one-in-six chance of any given pair of tiles coming up (if I calculated that correctly), but there is no easy way to take advantage of this. You can remove tiles in an ordered fashion to clear six consecutive rows with three turns, but getting the right domino to spin up is the tricky part. As fail proof as a plan might seem, the randomizer still somehow finds a way to get the best of you eventually.
If you're looking to find the best strategy for not losing as quickly, try playing a few games where your goal is to get the lowest score possible. It sounds counter-intuitive, but it helps you to realize what not to do in order to stay alive. Low-scoring games will happen eventually, and sometimes you will never even see it coming. I actually managed to (inadvertently) end a game with a score of 9. I have no doubt that it's possible for lower scores to happen, with an unlucky board setup and an unlucky set of spins. If you learn how to avoid these scenarios, you can become a high score king.
Bonus! Are you a fan of those snazzy fonts Tonypa uses in his games? Would you like to be able to type in all-caps glory? Tonypa has created and released several fonts used in his games on FontStruct, available for download!