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"Oh my god, it's full of crates"

Old Man Murray unveils a new game featuring nothing but crates

Crates have become something of a cliche in first person shooters over the years, with pretty much every title since "Doom" featuring crates at some point in the game. Whenever developers run out of inspiration when working on a new level, the first thing that pops into their mind seems to be "put a crate in it", leading to a terrifying proliferation of warehouses, factories and other crate-friendly locations in action games.

Crates everywhere!

Now Old Man Murray, a long time campaigner against the evils of crate abuse in the gaming industry, has got together with PopCap Games to produce "Pro Crate 3000 : Gold Edition", described as "quite possibly the only game with more crates than Deus Ex". You start the game facing an array of different coloured crates, and the idea is simply to get three or more crates of the same colour in a row, at which point they disappear from the screen and new crates drop down to replace them. It's a silly idea, but surprisingly fun...