Шaрики/Shariki, "The Balls" (1994, MS-DOS) - The original Match-3 [Russian][720p60] - zenkogames.com

Шaрики/Shariki, “The Balls” (1994, MS-DOS) – The original Match-3 [Russian][720p60]

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This…

…is the game that started it all.

From what the internet is saying, this is officially the first ever Match-3 game (in the “Swapping” subgenre, at least); from which its mechanics spawned popular series like Bejeweled and its friends.

Will probably give it a go again sometime, I am sure 340 points is pretty lame.

[11 November 2012]
Now I see why this game is so friggin hard – it uses EIGHT (and in later versions even NINE) colours, instead of usual seven (or less) colours more commonly seen in Bejeweled and other Match-3 games, this causes the game to have barely any legal moves even at the start.

Game has no sound, except at the very end when you game over.

you can get the game here:
(Requires Dos-BOX to play properly)
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(09 August 2013, Hebrew)

(19 February 2014)

Footage used in “Bejeweled Review Series: Bejeweled (2001)” by courtemanche437

21 Comments

  1. I've scored over 1000 in this game today(1280 if being exact)

  2. Жена создателя этой многомиллиардной игры является нашей близкой подругой.

  3. You have a copy of Shariki? That's impressive.
    As a fellow Match-3 enthusiast, I have to say, this is a really cool channel.

  4. PopCap mentioned in interviews that "Colors Game" was their source of inspiration. It was written in JavaScript, had no instructions, used cubes instead of balls, they had to refresh page after every turn. Sadly I am not able to find it anywhere. There was one "Colors Game" on GeoCities, but it was written in Java, not in JavaScript, and it had rules of ordinary Lines, not Match-3. It's very likely that that "Colors Game" discovered by PopCap was based on Shariki, because there were several Windows clones of Shariki at the time, but there is no definitive proof of that.

  5. PopCap mentioned in interviews that "Colors Game" was their source of inspiration. It was written in JavaScript, had no instructions, used cubes instead of balls, they had to refresh page after every turn. Sadly I am not able to find it anywhere. There was one "Colors Game" on GeoCities, but it was written in Java, not in JavaScript, and it had rules of ordinary Lines, not Match-3. It's very likely that that "Colors Game" discovered by PopCap was based on Shariki, because there were several Windows clones of Shariki at the time, but there is no definitive proof of that.

  6. Do you mind if I use this footage for a video? I'm making a review in which this game is mentioned and I think it would help put it into perspective better than just a simple screenshot.

  7. Do you mind if I use this footage for a video? I'm making a review in which this game is mentioned and I think it would help put it into perspective better than just a simple screenshot.

  8. So other games like bejeweled and candy crush ripped this off…
    Oh dear,

  9. So other games like bejeweled and candy crush ripped this off…
    Oh dear,

  10. I don’t see the resemblance to candy crush… Where are all the cute characters and sound effects?

  11. I don’t see the resemblance to candy crush… Where are all the cute characters and sound effects?

  12. Ищу эту игру уже несколько лет! Люди, если есть смылка на скачивание, пожалуйста поделитесь.

  13. this game is the beginning of a new journey.
    Bejeweled is a rip off lmao xddd

  14. The game that inspired 50% of mobile games.

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