8.5 Overall Score
Gameplay: 10/10
Graphics: 8/10
Sound: 8/10

Clever Puzzle Designs | Addicting | Unlimited Amount of New Content

3D Effect Adds Nothing | Graphics Are Simple But Expect More

Game Info


DEVELOPER(S): Intelligent Systems

PUBLISHER(S): Nintendo


GENRE(S): Puzzle

RELEASE DATE(S): December 8th, 2011

One of Nintendo’s first eShop entries comes to 3DS owners in the form of a quirky little puzzler named Pushmo.  Intelligent Systems, the brains behind the classics Advance Wars, Fire Emblem and the Paper Mario franchises, have yet again brought magic to the table.  I was surprised by the simplicity and yet the depth this game provided making it accessible to gamers of any age.

Users start the game out as a little marshmallow looking dude named Mallo (Most likely because of his appearance). You get some training from an elderly character named Papa Blox.  Apparently, while doing your training at the Pushmo Park, you learn that small children have become trapped in the blocks.  Papa Blox teaches you the ins and outs of pulling and pushing blocks to save the children.  Later on, the game throws a few challenging surprises at you in the form of ladders and switches to add to the difficulty of rescuing the kids.  My favorite puzzles were the Nintendo-themed puzzles. I couldn’t wait to finish the level and to my surprise I saw the likes of Lakitu or Bullet Bill waiting for me on the next level.

The game features over 250 levels packed in and more that you can create using the editor. One of the best features in the game is the ability to create your own puzzle.  I myself can not create anything to save my life.  Thankfully for the artistically challenged, we can get new puzzles based on QR codes from other users that have posted them on the internet. Below I have put up an example of one (Based off the game Skyrim) and there are thousands of others around the internet based off of anything you can think of.

If you are looking for a quick fix with your 3DS, you can not go wrong with this purchase.  At $6.99, you will get a game that will give you hours of fun and with the downloadable puzzles you will have an endless supply of new challenges.  The 3D effect doesn’t really add anything to the gameplay and the lack of the 3DS specific features (StreetPass, Spotpass, Play Coins) are absent, but overall I would still recommend this download.



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Author: Anthony DeVirgilis View all posts by
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