Shufflepuck cafe is a virtual air hockey-esque game developed and published by Broderbund and released in 1988 initially for Mac.
Shufflepuck cafe is a virtual air hockey-esque game developed and published by Broderbund and released in 1988 initially for Mac. In the following years it was ported to other platforms including the Amiga and DOS. The game has black and white graphics, but the way it’s drawn kind of gives it a graphic novel feel.
As with air hockey your goal is to knock the puck into your opponent’s goal. Simple enough premise, right? You can play either single opponents or in a tournament setting. You take on 9 computer opponents who are quite varied and out there. Many of the more difficult opponents will happily ‘cheat’ you during the game to win. However, you have your own ‘cheat’ options available like stretching your paddle out the entire length of your goal. The Amiga version actually has a storyline where your ship has broken down and you need to use the phone, but in order to get to it you must beat everyone at the cafe.
Shufflepuck cafe was pretty well received when it was released. I am a big fan of air hockey, so I’m already pretty happy about that part. This title is a nice, casual game to play that can hone your reflexes and give you a break from your more ‘serious’ games.
Review by: Tasha
Published: 15 June 2017, 5:23 pm
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