The Monitor Puzzle Kineko: Kinetic Connection

A puzzle game in the most literal sense, Monitor Puzzle Kineko: Kinetic Connection is a high-tech twist on an age-old concept. Kinetic Connection manages to remain simplistic while at the same time providing an experience unlike any other puzzle game, before or since.

The Monitor Puzzle Kineko: Kinetic Connection

Japanese Title: The Monitor Puzzle きね子: Kinetic Connection
English Release: None

Release Date: November 28, 1986
Publisher: Irem
Developer: Tamtex
Genre: Puzzle
Product Code: IFD-KIN
Disk Format: Double-sided
Notable Credits: Was followed by a Disk Writer exclusive sequel in 1987.

The Monitor Puzzle Kineko: Kinetic Connection a puzzle game- quite literally. The game itself plays like a stylized variant on the classic jigsaw puzzle, save for the distinct “puzzle piece” shape. The pieces in Kinetic Connection are instead rectangular, and you are tasked with putting together an animated scene; all the while the animation loops through each individual piece. Placed in the correct configuration and the scene plays out as it should.

Each round is timed, and Kinetic Connection uses the Disk Card’s save function to keep track of the best time on each puzzle. The puzzles vary from a sail boat drifting through a bay to an airplane flying through a landscape, all rendered in 8-bit pixelation. The puzzles can be played in 16, 24, or 48 piece variations with the larger numbers increasing the difficulty dramatically.

There is not much else to the game, but that’s kind of what makes it great; it never attempts to be more than an 8-bit digital jigsaw puzzle, and in that it succeeds resoundingly.