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Developer(s) Eugene Alemzhin
Platform(s) PC (DOS, Windows)
Release date(s) 1994
Genre(s) Puzzle game
Mode(s) Single-player

Shariki (Russian: Ша́рики, "The Balls") is a puzzle game by Russian programmer Eugene Alemzhin, developed for DOS in 1994. The goal of the game is to gain progressively higher scores by matching three or more balls of the same color in line (vertical or horizontal). These balls then explode and a new ones appear in their place. The game is over when no more combinations are possible in the game field.


Shariki proved to be a very influential game and eventually many games that closely matched its mechanics arose.[1] Collectively known as "match three" games, these all revolve around the mechanic of creating a three-in-a-row line of identical pieces. They include:


  1. ^ "Shariki on Casual Games Wiki". Retrieved 2008-11-13. 

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