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Big Kahuna Reef is a tropical-themed puzzle game where the object is to eliminate wooden crates from beneath the ocean䀙s depths. Each puzzle screen is filled with rows of shells, starfish, and other marine objects arranged in different patterns. Those that appear on top of crates are removed by chaining three or more of the same object types. This is accomplished by clicking on one object so it swaps position with an adjacent object. When three or more appear in the same row or column, the items will disappear from the screen and new objects will fall down and take their place. After all crates on a particular level have been removed, play begins on a new, more challenging level. In between stages, players can watch 3D fish swim back and forth amidst a choice of reef backgrounds.
One of the game䀙s secondary goals is to unlock all 22 fish types, each of which can be placed in the ocean as scenery. Players will automatically unlock fish by completing all 150 puzzles in the game, but the action doesn䀙t stop there. Big Kahuna Reef also includes a level editor, an option to download additional levels, and a choice of two multiplayer games: competitive and cooperative. The former is a race to clear crates, while the latter involves teaming up to complete stages. Multiplayer games use the developer䀙s "mouse party" technology, which supports multiple mice on the same computer. Aquarium fans looking to show off their clownfish, angelfish, and other creatures can do so by setting the game䀙s various reef backgrounds as a screensaver. ~ Scott Alan Marriott, All Game Guide