Tall Unlimited

Tall Unlimted is a challenging puzzle game where you build a tower by rolling blocks so the colored sides match up. Matching a block creates two new blocks. There are chain reactions and combo moves to strategically elevate your game. The object is to build a tower as high and fast as you can. Sound easy?

The object of Tall Unlimited is to build your towers as fast as you can, as high as you can. The game is an arcade romp through 8 stages where you have to complete 10 levels in each stage. The gameplay is fast and furious but the complexity is intuitive and the feel is responsive. So the game comes off refreshingly fun and original. Its addictive action and minimal frustration blends with a creative building element that pulls you in. Like potato chips, once you start you won’t want to stop.

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Instructions

Controls

Directional Buttons: Move character/cursor
X button: Roll block, select option
O button: Exit tutorial, cancel
Start button: Pause game
The Square, Triangle, L, R and other buttons don’t work.

How to Play

The game is played by rolling blocks so the colored sides match up. To roll a block, have your character (known only as “The Character”) stand on the block, hold the X button and push left or right, depending on which way you want to roll the block.

You can roll blocks up and over other blocks, but only if there is at least one block-length of flat space between your block and the block you’re trying to roll over. You can use this to roll up staircase-like formations.

You can also roll up other blocks to rotate your block on the spot. Normally rolling your block rotates it 90 degrees, but rolling your block up onto another block rotates it 180 degrees. Rolling it back only rotates it 90 degrees, so you get an extra 90 degrees of rotation in the way you rolled it.

Matching a block creates two new blocks depending on how the blocks are oriented. Matching two blocks vertically (the matching sides are on top of each other) creates two new blocks directly below the block you just rolled.

Matching the two blocks horizontally (the matching sides are next to each other) creates two new blocks below EACH of the two blocks you just connected.

In both cases, matching turns one of the matched blocks (not the one you’re standing on), gray. Gray blocks cannot be matched to other blocks.

Matching blocks on more than one side creates more blocks. Matching on two sides creates 6 or 8 blocks, depending on which sides are matched. Matching on three sides creates 10 blocks.

Whenever blocks are matched a pair of angel wings appears above the character. Matching another pair of blocks before the wings disappear creates a “chain”. The number of matches on the current chain is displayed in the upper-right corner of the screen. You can continue making chains for as long as you have the angel wings above your character. When the wings disappear, your chain time is over. When this happens, bonus blocks appear depending on how many matches you got on your current chain, and the border line goes down one level for every two matches you got in the chain.

As long as your character is on a rolling block, angel wings won’t disappear. You can use this trick to extend the time you have to make chains by rolling blocks off high levels.

Blocks marked with rotating arrows will only roll in the direction the arrow is rotating in. Match these as soon as possible so you can roll them into gaps and not have to deal with them.

Normal Game

The object of the normal game is to build the tower as high as you can, as fast as you can. This game is an arcade-style romp through 8 stages in which you have to create 10 levels per stage. A level is only considered complete if it has no gaps in it, so building the tower high on one side won’t count towards finishing the level.

On the far left of the screen is a gauge showing how high you’ve built it so far. Building a complete level fills one of the little bubbles. Fill all the bubbles to go to the next stage. Bubbles illuminated in red indicate the height of the “Border Line”. If the border line catches up to your current level, the game is over. The little timer in the bottom left corner of the screen indicates how long before the border line goes up one level.

You get points every time you match two blocks. You get extra points if you match blocks during a chain, or match the blocks on multiple sides. The more you match, the higher your score.

The normal game comes in 3 difficulty settings: Easy, Normal and Hard. The harder difficulties have the border line moving up faster, and more arrow blocks forming when blocks are matched.

Score Attack

This mode comes in two varieties: Single Stage and Endless. Single Stage gives you 10 lines in which to get as many points as you possibly can. Endless mode is just that, lasting until the border line catches up with your level. The Endless mode is “Only for the most daring of players”. All the strategies that apply in the normal game apply here.

Puzzle Mode

This mode is different than the other modes. When two blocks are matched in this mode, they turn gray. The object of this mode is to turn all the blocks with colored sections on them gray. You have a certain number of “steps” in which to complete the level. Rolling a block one square to the left or right is one step.

Note: Since the character can walk straight up stacks of blocks, walking one square left or right can mean walking straight up several layers of blocks.

How to Clear (only read for those who must!)

Stage 1: 2 steps.
1. Walk one square right
2. Roll the topmost block one square right
3. Walk one square left
4. Roll the block you’re standing on one square right
5. Stage Clear.

Stage 2: 2 steps.
1. Walk two squares right
2. Roll the block one square right
3. Walk two squares left.
4. Roll the topmost block one square right.
5. Stage Clear.

Stage 3: 18 steps.
1. Roll the block you’re standing on 18 squares right or left.
2. Stage Clear.

Stage 4: 3 steps.
1. Walk one square right.
2. Roll the topmost block one square left.
3. Walk one square right.
4. Roll the topmost block two squares left.
5. Stage Clear.

Stage 5: 2 steps.
1. Walk one square right.
2. Roll the block one square left.
3. Walk one square left.
4. Roll the block one square left.
5. Stage Clear.

Stage 6: 3 steps.
1. Walk one square left.
2. Roll the block one square left.
3. Walk two squares right.
4. Roll the block one square left.
5. Walk two squares right.
6. Roll the block one square left.
7. Stage Clear.

Stage 7: 4 steps.
1. Walk one square right.
2. Roll the block three squares left.
3. Walk one square right.
4. Roll the block one square right.
5. Stage Clear.

Stage 8: 6 steps.
1. Walk one square left.
2. Roll the arrow block one square right.
3. Walk one square right.
4. Roll the gray block one square right.
5. Walk one square left.
6. Roll the block one square left.
7. Walk one square right.
8. Roll the gray block one square right.
9. Walk three squares left.
10. Roll the block two squares right.
11. Stage Clear.

Stage 9: 5 steps.
1. Walk one square right.
2. Roll the block one square left.
3. Walk one square left.
4. Roll the block one square right.
5. Roll the block one square left.
6. Walk four squares right.
7. Roll the block one square left.
8. Roll the block one square right.
9. Stage Clear.

Stage 10: 4 steps.
1. Walk one square right.
2. Roll the block one square left.
3. Walk two squares right.
4. Roll the block three squares left.
5. Stage Clear.

Stage 11: 5 steps.
1. Walk one square right.
2. Roll the block three squares left.
3. Roll the block two squares right.
4. Stage Clear.

Stage 12: 6 steps.
1. Walk two squares left.
2. Roll the block one square left.
3. Walk two squares right.
4. Roll the block two squares right.
5. Walk one square left.
6. Roll the block one square right.
7. Roll the block one square left.
8. Walk one square right.
9. Roll the block one square right.
10. Stage Clear.

Stage 13: 3 steps.
1. Walk three squares left.
2. Roll the blockone square right.
3. Walk three squares right.
4. Roll the block one square right.
5. Walk one square left.
6. Roll the block one square left.
7. Stage Clear.

Stage 14: 6 steps.
1. Walk one square right.
2. Roll the block one square right.
3. Walk one square left.
4. Roll the block one square left.
5. Roll the gray block you’re standing on one square to the right.
6. Walk two squares left.
7. Roll the block three squares right.
8. Stage Clear.

Stage 15: 7 steps.
1. Walk one square left.
2. Roll the gray block three squares right.
3. Walk one square left.
4. Roll the block one square right
5. Walk four squares left.
6. Roll the block three squares right.
7. Stage Clear.

Stage 16: 5 steps.
1. Walk one square right.
2. Roll the topmost block two squares right.
3. Walk two squares left.
4. Roll the topmost block one square right.
5. Walk one square left.
6. Roll the topmost block two squares right.
7. Stage Clear.

Stage 17: 12 steps.
1. Walk two squares right.
2. Roll the block two squares right.
3. Walk three squares left.
4. Roll the block two squares right.
5. Walk three squares left.
6. Roll the block five squares right.
7. Walk six squares left.
8. Roll the block three squares right.
9. Stage Clear.

Stage 18: 3 steps.
1. Walk one square left.
2. Roll the block one square right.
3. Quickly walk one square right.
4. Quickly roll the block one square left.
5. Roll the block one square left.
6. Stage Clear.

Stage 19: 4 steps.
1. Walk two squares right.
2. Roll the block two squares right.
3. Walk two squares left.
4. Roll the block one square right.
5. Walk two squares left.
6. Roll the block one square right.
7. Stage Clear.

Stage 20: 11 steps.
1. Walk two squares right.
2. Roll the gray block three squares right.
3. Walk three squares left.
4. Roll the gray block three squares right.
5. Walk four squares left.
6. Roll the block two squares right.
7. Walk two squares left.
8. Roll the block three suqares right.
9. Stage Clear.

Stage 21: 6 steps.
1. Walk one square left.
2. Roll the block three squares left.
3. Walk four squares right.
4. Roll the block three squares right.
5. Stage Clear.

Stage 22: 4 steps.
1. Walk three squares left.
2. Roll the block one square right.
3. Walk one square right.
4. Roll the block one square right.
5. Walk one square right.
6. Roll the block two squares right.
7. Stage Clear.

Stage 23: 5 steps.
1. Walk two squares right.
2. Roll the block one square left.
3. Walk five squares left.
4. Roll the block one square right.
5. Walk three squares right.
6. Roll the gray block one square right.
7. Walk two squares left.
8. Roll the block one square right.
9. Walk two squares left.
10. Roll the block one square right.
11. Stage Clear.

Stage 24: 12 steps.
1. Walk two squares right
2. Roll the block four squares left.
3. Walk six squares right.
4. Roll the block two squares left.
5. Walk three squares left.
6. Roll the block four squares right.
7. Walk one square left.
8. Roll the block two squares left.
9. Stage Clear.

Stage 25: 8 steps.
1. Walk two squares right.
2. Roll the block three squares left.
3. Roll the gray block you’re standing on one square right.
4. Walk two squares right.
5. Roll the block four squares left.
7. Stage Clear.

Stage 26: 9 steps.
1. Walk one square right.
2. Roll the block three squares right.
3. Walk three squares left.
4. Roll the gray block one square right.
5. Walk two squares left.
6. Roll the block one square right.
7. Walk three squares right.
8. Roll the block four squares left.
9. Stage Clear.

Stage 27: 8 steps.
1. Walk one square right.
2. Roll the block one square right.
3. Walk three squares right.
4. Roll the block three squares left.
5. Walk three squares left.
6. Roll the block one square right.
7. Walk three squares left.
8. Roll the block three squares right.
9. Stage Clear.

Stage 28: 14 steps.
1. Walk one square right.
2. Roll the gray block one square right.
3. Walk one square left.
4. Roll the block one square left.
5. Walk two squares right.
6. Roll the gray block one square left.
7. Walk six squares left.
8. Roll the block nine squares right.
9. Walk six squares left.
10. Roll the block one square left.
11. Roll the block one square right.
12. Stage Clear.

Stage 29: 9 steps.
1. Walk four squares left.
2. Roll the arrow block four squares right.
3. Walk two squares left.
4. Roll the block four squares right.
5. Walk two squares left.
6. Roll the arrow block one square right.
7. Stage Clear.

Stage 30: 13 steps.
1. Walk four squares right.
2. Roll the block four squares left.
3. Walk two squares left.
4. Roll the block six squares right.
5. Walk seven squares left.
6. Roll the block three squares right.
7. Stage Clear.

Stage 32: 14 steps.
1. Walk eight squares right.
2. Roll the gray block four spaces left.
3. Walk two squares right.
4. Roll the block three spaces left.
5. Walk eight squares left.
6. Roll the block three spaces right.
7. Walk one square right.
8. Roll the block two spaces right.
9. Walk one square right.
10. Roll the block two squares left.
11. Stage Clear.

Stage 33: 7 steps.
1. Walk one square right.
2. Roll the block one square left.
3. Walk three squares left.
4. Roll the block four squares right.
5. Walk one square right.
6. Roll the block two squares left.
7. Stage Clear.

Stage 34: 8 steps.
1. Walk one square left.
2. Roll the block one square right.
3. Walk two squares left.
4. Roll the block one square left.
5. Roll the block three squares right.
6. Walk one square left.
7. Roll the block one square left.
8. Roll the block one square right.
9. Walk one square right.
10. Roll the block one square right.
11. Stage Clear.

Stage 35: 14 steps.
1. Walk one square right.
2. Roll the block two squares left.
3. Walk two squares right.
4. Roll the block three squares left.
5. Walk four squares right.
6. Roll the block five squares right.
7. Walk 5 spaces left.
8. Roll the block four spaces right.
9. Stage Clear.

Stage 36: 8 steps.
1. Walk three squares left.
2. Roll the block one square right.
3. Quickly walk one square left.
4. Quickly roll the block one square right.
5. Roll the block two squares right.
6. Quickly walk one square left.
7. Quickly roll the block one square right.
8. Walk four squares right.
9. Roll the block one space left.
10. Walk three squares left.
11. Roll the block two squares right.
12. Stage Clear.

Stage 37: 10 steps.
1. Walk two squares right.
2. Roll the block one square right.
3. Walk four squares left.
4. Roll the block one square right.
5. Walk two squares left.
6. Roll the block three squares right.
7. Walk two squares right.
8. Roll the block three squares left.
9. Walk one quare right.
10. Roll the block one square right.
11. Walk two squares left.
12. Roll the block one square right.
13. Stage Clear.

Stage 38: 8 steps.
1. Walk one square right.
2. Roll the block two squares left.
3. Roll the block one square right.
4. Roll the gray block you’re standing on one square right.
5. Walk two squares right.
6. Roll the block four squares left.
7. Stage Clear.

Secret Characters

Secret characters are unlocked by completing the Normal Game on its various difficulty settings. One character is no different from another, so it’s mainly a matter of personal preference.

Character Name: Gentleman
Looks Like: A stick-figure character with a top hat, tuxedo and cane.
Unlocked: From start

Character Name: Lady
Looks Like: A stick-figure character in a red dress and bow.
Unlocked: From start.

Character Name: Worm
Looks Like: A worm composed of little orange balls. The head has a red nose, beady eyes and a green antenna (or is that hair?)
Unlocked: Beat the normal game on Easy.

Instruction and tips provided by Stuart Porter

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