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Developer(s) Taito
Animation 20 (Japanese arcade/FM Towns)
ZX Games (Windows)
Publisher(s) Taito
Ocean Software
Ving Games
Platform(s) Windows , Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Atari ST, Apple IIGS, Commodore 64, Game Boy, NEC PC-9801, Nintendo Entertainment System, TurboGrafx-16, ZX Spectrum, Mobile phone, PlayStation, Sharp X68000, FM Towns
Release date(s) 1989
Genre(s) Puzzle
Mode(s) Single-player

Puzznic (パズニック Pazunikku?) is a tile-matching puzzle arcade game developed and produced by Taito in 1989 and was ported for the Nintendo Entertainment System, Game Boy, PC Engine, Sharp X68000, Commodore Amiga, Atari ST, Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64, MS-DOS and ZX Spectrum between 1990 and 1991. Home computer ports were handled by Ocean Software; the 2003 PlayStation port was handled by Altron. An Apple IIGS port was completed in 1990, however was never commercially released (a leaked copy was however circulated). A clone for the PC, Brix, was released by Epic MegaGames in 1992. The Japanese arcade and FM Towns version has adult content during game play; a naked woman is revealed at the end of the level.

Puzznic bears strong graphical and some gameplay similarities to Flipull/Plotting. An indie remake was made in 2009 for iPhone, called Gem Panic and, for Android devices, an arcade clone called PuzzMagic! appeared on 2015, including all original arcade levels plus more than 1000 extra levels ported from the Palm Pilot remake of 2001, Vexed.[1]

Many clones share the same basic gameplay of Puzznic but have added extra features over the years:- Puzztrix on the web and on PC, Addled and Germinal on the iPhone, Puzzled on mobile phones.

The game was ranked the 34th best game of all time by Amiga Power.[2]


  1. ^ Vexed Release History
  2. ^ Amiga Power magazine issue 0, Future Publishing, May 1991

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