There's something satisfying about destroying things. Knowing that someone spent time and energy building something up, only to have you rush in and smash it to bits? Deeply, deeply satisfying. But unless we specialize in demolition, warfare, or catty schoolhouse comments, this desire to destroy goes unfulfilled. So for us normal people, there's physics-based destroyer games like DUI.
DUI, an action puzzler from Chinese developing team S.I.T.T., asks you to guide a sprite to safety by rolling it back and forth with the arrow keys and destroying blocks with the mouse.
To advance to the next level, you must rest the sprite on a colored block and destroy any moving blocks on-screen, as well as fulfilling the removed block quota in the corner of the screen. Usually completing these goals go hand in hand, but keep them in mind.
To add difficulty to the mix, the sprite cannot come to a halt below the red line across the screen. If it does, the level restarts. You can get away with having a portion of it above the line or running the ball below the line-- in fact, some puzzles hinge on doing this.
There are thirty-six levels in all, plus a well-rounded level editor to create your own tricky puzzles. (Share them in the comments under Spoiler tags!)
Analysis: If you're feeling inklings of deja vu, you might be right. DUI bears a passing resemblance to a game we reviewed last week, Totem Destroyer.
The games are similar; both ask you to guide down an object by destroying blocks. But DUI's addition of control over the sprite changes the equation, adding an extra level of puzzlingness.
The levels are well-planned, and there's a solution for each and every one of them, although achieving it might be difficult. Some puzzles rely heavily on removing certain blocks, while some require a good sense of timing. They vary just enough to avoid being repetitive, but are just doable enough to avoid impossibility.
If it sounds intimidating... well, it is, a little. You'll need to think things out and plan ahead. But once you get going, you won't want to stop.