Players are standing in front of an ancient stone building, with a score counter and a timer, etc. on the top. The camera zooms in closer to the building, and a stack of multicolored blocks falls into place inside it. The game then begins.
The goal of the game is to match up the blocks of the same color with Mario Party 8 emblems on them. Players must attempt to get as many points from doing this as possible before time runs out. When the blocks with the emblems on them are matched up, they disappear. A certain number of blocks must be cleared in every level to progress. Additionally, the player must avoid obstacles such as blocks with a picture of a Bullet Bill on them, which will deplete five seconds from the player's time if they are not matched up with other blocks of the same color in time. Some levels feature Bob-omb blocks, which will explode and clear other blocks around them when matched. When the time completely runs out, the game is over. The game will also end if the player beats level 50, which triggers a congratulatory message. When the game ends, players are offered the chance to continue from the level they were on when the game ended. If they choose to do so, they are allowed to continue, but they will incur a penalty of 1,000 points. If they choose not to continue, players are returned to the Extras Zone.
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