tribute to text-mode games

ML Crux

Author: Bob Lancaster



ML Crux is the last installment in the MicroLink series of games from Bob Lancaster, and it represents a bit of a departure from his popular dice games in that there is no luck involved—ML Crux is pure strategy. An intriguing blend of Tetris and Pipe Dreams, the game challenges you to arrange a 7×7 field of crosses (or “cruxes”) so as to achieve the highest possible point total. The trick is that the cruxes must be rotated so that each colored arm touches a matching color on an adjacent crux. Matching one or two colors is easy enough, but you’ll need to get three or four matches in a single move if you want to have any hope of beating the computer!

ML Crux progresses through three rounds, with an ever-increasing number of colors and combinations to keep track of. But in the MicroLink tradition, the game is stress-free—there is no time limit to worry about—so if you relax and take the time to examine all of your options you’ll do just fine.


Be sure to read Bob Lancaster’s feature article about the development of the MicroLink games!