Electronic Theatre In-depth Review: Puzzler World 2011

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            Following last year’s successful Puzzler World, Ubisoft and Team 3 Games have collaborated with the UK’s popular Puzzler periodical to deliver a sequel, Puzzler World 2011. Available now for Nintendo DS and featuring more than a twelve hundred new puzzles, Puzzler World 2011 is obviously designed to be the perfect accompaniment to the likes of Dr. Kawashima’s Brain Training: How Old Is Your Brain? and 42 All-Time Classics, but as many previous titles have proved, such company can be equally harmful as it is a blessing.

            Played with the Nintendo DS system held sideways, just as in the aforementioned Dr. Kawashima’s Brain Training series, and offers a total of nine different puzzle types from the start, with more Electronic Theatre Imageunlockable through progression. The main gameplay mode is Challenge Mode, where all of the available puzzle types can be played through in any order, all of which build towards your in-game trophy collection, Bonus Puzzles and other unlockables. Beginning fairly simply as you would imagine, Wordsearches and Sudoku games soon give way to the likes of Link-A-Pix and Pieceword puzzle types, building a database of varied mental challenges to engage the player.

            The Challenge Mode has an overarching hints system, with new hints made available in a spinning-wheel mini-game playable after successful completion of a Bonus Puzzle. Players begin with only ten hints available across all games, and with no tutorial function available beyond a brief series of instructions, some skill is obviously expected prior to commencing. Of course, given the target market for Puzzler World 2011, Electronic Theatre can’t berate the developers for ignoring a less knowledgeable audience.

            Beyond the Challenge Mode lies Master Mode, a secondary gameplay option only unlocked once significant progress has been made in the former. Decidedly tougher than even the Challenge Mode’s most punishing puzzles, Master Mode puzzles can only be unlocked by completing specific puzzles in Challenge Mode, and are undoubtedly some of the most taxing word puzzles in Electronic Theatre Imageany game available on the Nintendo DS. This area of Puzzler World 2011 is simply not for beginners, clearly designed with the extreme regulars of the Puzzler publication in mind.

            Despite Puzzler World 2011’s apparent budget labelling, the software is very elegantly presented. Bright colours differentiate between puzzles and the menu screens are direct and welcoming. The handwriting recognition is remarkably accurate, perhaps even more so than some of Nintendo’s own creations, and rarely presents input errors. The soundtrack is as ignorable as would be expected, but in the same turn equally as inoffensive.

            Puzzler World 2011 isn’t exactly a groundbreaking title, but it was never intended to be. Simply acting as an extension of the Puzzler publication (or perhaps an alternative, for those so inclined) Puzzler World 2011 is an elegantly presented series of puzzles that fits alongside Nintendo’s own offerings far better than most. Many Nintendo DS gamers will simply ignore Puzzler World 2011, being a mental challenge rather than a dexterity one as it is, but for those hoping to find life in their system beyond the ten minutes a day ‘training’ their brain, there are few better title available.

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