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Trash Panic
Trash Panic Logo.png
Publisher(s) Sony Computer Entertainment
Aspect ratio 720p
Platform(s) PlayStation 3
Release date(s) JP March 19, 2009
NA June 4, 2009
EU June 4, 2009
Genre(s) Puzzle
Mode(s) Single player, Two player
Rating(s) ESRB: E
PEGI: 3+
Media PlayStation Network download
Input methods Dualshock 3, Sixaxis

Trash Panic (ゴミ箱 Gomibako ?) is a puzzle video game for the PlayStation 3 developed by SCEJ. It was released in Japan on March 19, 2009 on the PlayStation Network download service, and has been compared to Tetris in terms of gameplay,[1][2] though the object of the game is to compact items of garbage, not remove rows of blocks.

A Spring 2009 release for both Europe[3] and North America[4] was announced in conjunction with an Earth Day promotion in the PlayStation Store.[5] Though Europe was afterward given an official release date of May 28, 2009,[6] only a preview trailer for the game was released as a part of the PlayStation Store Update for both the NA and EU regions on that date.[7][8]



A stream of garbage is carried via conveyor belt toward a garbage can in the middle of the screen, and the object of the game is to break down the garbage by strategically placing it into the can based on the items available before the can fills to overflowing. If three pieces of undamaged garbage fall out of the trash can, the game will end. Players may process garbage by setting fire to burnable items, some garbage will decompose when placed near the correct substances, and lighter or fragile objects (a television, for example) may be smashed by heavier ones (a bowling ball).[1] The stream of garbage will continue to drop into the trash can until either the player successfully compacts a certain quantity of items or the trash can is filled to overflowing.[6]

Items of garbage in the game start off small, with things like pencils, pens, staplers, erasers, and other office trash. As the trash items gradually become larger (eventually becoming space stations, comets, meteors, and the like), the trash can becomes larger to compensate, eventually coming to sit on top of Planet Earth itself.[1] In addition to normal trash items, at the end of every level is a larger 'boss' item that must be compacted,[9] and every so often a special piece of trash will fall that must not be compacted (items which are assumed to have been thrown out by mistake, jewelry for example). If the special trash is destroyed by accident, the player's Ego score will be penalized, and 'penalty trash' consisting of yellow balls will be released into the trash can to fill space more quickly.[1]

The scoring system is divided into two categories depending on how the player chooses to dispose of or compact their garbage to progress through the stage: Eco (Ecological) versus Ego (Egotistical). If the player groups together biodegradable items so that they decompose naturally and smashes much of their garbage into smaller, more compact pieces, their Eco rating will rise. Should the player choose to burn much of their garbage, however, their Ego rating will rise instead. The player's score does not directly affect game progress—so long as the trash is compacted sufficiently, the game will continue regardless of Ego or Eco rating—but higher overall Eco ratings will help to unlock extra levels and modes.[9]


Main Mode

The player will progress through a series of six stages, each increasing in difficulty. [9]

Unlimited Mode

The player will attempt to compact garbage for as long as possible until their trash can finally overflows.[1]

Versus Mode

Two players may battle one another or one player may battle the CPU in a splitscreen version of the game. [1][9]

Mission Mode

The player must fulfill a variety of "waste management" missions.[9]

Online Features

Online leaderboards and trophy support will be available for both single player and multiplayer high scores via the PlayStation Network. In addition, players will also have the option to upload up to 10 minutes of a gaming session to YouTube.[9]

External links


  1. ^ a b c d e f Kelly, Kevin (2009-04-29). "Joystiq hands-on: Trash Panic (aka Gomibako)". Retrieved 2009-05-28.  
  2. ^ Chester, Nick (2009-04-21). "Garbage puzzler Trash Panic coming to PSN this Spring". Retrieved 2009-05-28.  
  3. ^ "Trash Panic". 2009-04-21. Retrieved 2009-05-28.  
  4. ^ Miller, Josh (2009-04-22). "Celebrate Earth Day with New Trash Panic Screens and Details!". Retrieved 2009-05-28.  
  5. ^ Walsh, Liz (2009-04-21). "Team up with PSN on Earth Day". Retrieved 2009-05-28.  
  6. ^ a b "Trash Panic". Retrieved 2009-05-28.  
  7. ^ Chen, Grace (2009-05-28). "PlayStation Store Update". Retrieved 2009-05-28.  
  8. ^ Kebby, Mike (2009-05-28). "PlayStation Store Update - 28 May". Retrieved 2009-05-28.  
  9. ^ a b c d e f "Trash Panic". Retrieved 2009-05-28.  


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