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'Magnet School: Ochige 101

��Magnet School� is a group of articles devoted to the intimate study and increased awareness of obscure and unusual games, presented in a compact, structured format. To read the full, formal introduction to this series please click here.


Okay everybody, settle down - to your seats, please. Welcome to your first day of �Magnet School � the simple fact that you�re here tells me that the seldom-seen and rarely-discussed parts of video gaming are of at least some interest to you all. As your instructor I promise to put forth my best effort in imparting further knowledge of this subject to everyone present � that should suffice for introductions, so let�s get started, there�s lots to cover.

In front of you is the school�s inaugural curriculum, which we�ll be covering exclusively throughout our first set of classes: as we kick off this journey, prepare to meet some of the least-known and most remarkable denizens of the Puzzle genre.

Anything Else? � If you really like Monster Slider�s �field-tilting� mechanic, the first alternative title to come to mind is Gururin � in my opinion, though, this game takes the concept a little too far, and makes it very hard to keep track of where things will end up. Out on the fringes of the �puzzlers with tilting� category you�ve also got the likes of Kurupoto and Super Fruit Fall - there are others out there too, but as things stand Slider comes as my first recommendation by far.


Whoops, there�s the bell � class dismissed! Hopefully you enjoyed our first session together - homework for tonight is to try out any featured games which sound interesting to you (no excuses � I�m tough like that)! Until we meet again next week, then, play, er, study hard!
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About BulletMagnetone of us since 9:04 PM on 10.04.2008

Thanks kindly for paying my blog a visit.

I'm currently looking for paid writing gigs, so if you might want anything written shoot me a message (craighats at hotmail dot com).

In case the contents of this blog don't make it obvious enough, I have something of an affinity for slightly "offbeat" titles, so if there's something out there that few others cover, there's a fair chance I'm at least somewhat up on it.

If there's any sort of (reasonable) inquiry you'd like me to address, please don't hesitate to be in touch.

Below are a handful of recaps and other links (oldest listed first by section), in case you're interested - asterisks mark promoted articles.


'Magnet School


Curriculum: Puzzle Games

Course 1: Ochige 101
Course 2: Tossology
Course 3: Ochige 201
Course 4: Phys. Ed
Course 5: Ochige 301 (Adv.)
Course 6: Free Elective
Course 7: Ochige 401 (Hon.)
Course 8: Extra Credit
Graduation Speech



King of Fighters: Orochi Saga
Ar Tonelico II - Part 1 and Part 2
Prinny and Street Fighter IV
King of Fighters '98 Ultimate Match
Nintendo DS
*King of Fighters XII
How-To: Atelier Annie
How-To: Mushihime-sama Futari


The Forgotten Essentials

Part 1: RPGs
Part 2: Shmups
Part 3: Fighters
Part 4: Puzzlers


The Obscurer Tribune



Monthly Musings/Writers Wanted

The Fear: The End
*A Time to Destroy: I Cast Thee Out
*Expanded Universes: Triple Triad X
*Those About to Die: Nocturne's Demons
*Untapped Potential: The Second Dimension
*I Suck at Games: and I'm Here to Help
*The Forgotten: Real Life
*Love/Hate: The Weirdo, The Wall, and The Beast
*The Future: A Refreshing Cup of Hemlock
*More Than Just Noise: Digital Cheese LIVE
East vs. West: Where The Old Gods Dwell
Resolutions: Fresh Flowers
Collaboration: IF Only...
Violence: The Gatekeepers


Assorted Ramblings

Why Am I Here? (intro)
Non-Portable Portable Gaming
Hating the Unhateable
*Soul Bubbles, Mickey Mouse, Journey of the Self
Dreamcast: The Other Shmup Machine
One-Year Anniversary Reflections
Shmups: Gaming's EOE


Non-DT Writing


Saturn Shooter Rundown
PS1 Shooter Rundown
PS2 Shooter Rundown
Shmups 101
Shmups That Defined the Genre
"Hidden Gem" Shmups


Shadow Hearts


Unofficial Shmup Glossary (shmups.com, WIP)
My Backloggery (Warning: Inherent Shamefulness May Be Too Intense for Some Readers)