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Perfection

Posted by Big Boo on September 11th, 2007

PerfectionIt’s surprising how many games that first appeared in the late 70’s and early 80’s are still available today, and also how many of those haven’t really been updated over the years. A good example of this is Perfection, which apart from a change in the colour of the plastic looks identical today to the version I had in the 80’s. I guess part of the reason for this is that those games appealed to and could be played by people of all ages, from grandfather to grandson.

Perfection is a simple game to explain and play. The TV advert did it best, with the entire game reduced to just two lines of jingle:-

You’ve got to match the shapes fast,
or the pieces pop out before you put in the last.

So, now you know how to play! The game consisted of a base unit with a clockwork timer (hey, no batteries required!) and a 5×5 grid of holes of various shapes. You also had 25 pieces which were in various shapes including circles, squares, crosses, half moons etc. each of which would fit into a single hole on the grid. To play the game you pushed the sprung loaded grid down into the locked position, then set the timer going. You then had to place all the pieces in their correct holes before the timer expired. Failure resulted in the grid spring suddenly back up, spraying those pieces you had placed all around the living room.

The game could also be made easier or more difficult thanks to some square pieces of cardboard that could be put over some of the holes on the grid. To make it easier, simply apply some of the cardboard squares to the grid, and discard the pieces for the covered holes. To make it harder, again place the cardboard squares on the grid, but this time keep all the playing pieces whether their hole is covered or not. It surprising how this one simple change could make such a change in the difficulty, since you were robbed of the fact that every piece would definitely fit somewhere.