Money Idol Exchanger (known outside of Japan as Money Puzzle Exchanger) is a tile-matching puzzle game developed and released by Face for arcades (running Neo Geo MVS hardware) exclusive to Japan on January 17, 1997. In this parody of the "magical girl" genre, players must arrange tiles of coins (in a similar fashion to Data East's Magical Drop series) to convert their denominations and clear them from the board (in a similar fashion to Fujitsu's Moujiya series). Although the game was never released outside of Japan, it has English localization built-in (which is shown when the cartridge is used on international Neo Geo MVS boards). The game features 8 different types of "blocks": 6 types based on Japanese coinage and 2 special blocks. Coins of the same denomination can be chained to convert them to coins of higher value; for example, if you place two 5 yen coins next to each other they will become a 10 yen coin, while 5 10 yen coins will convert to a 50 yen coin. This pattern continues up to 500 yen coins; two five-hundred yen coins placed next to each other will disappear, helping to clear the player's side and pushing down the coins on the opponent's side. If at any time coins touch the bottom of the screen, the player loses. Due to its similarities with the Magical Drop series, the developers faced a lawsuit from Data East for copyright infringement.
Genre(s): Puzzle |