Puzzle games are one of my favorite type of video games to play, but I had never played or heard of the original game on the 3DS. The graphics are a bit simple and cute, with the puzzles starting out looking 8-bit and flat. But what surprised me the most was how challenging this game really was.
You play as Mallo, a puffy cat-looking character, dressed in a red sumo suit. Mallo must help Papa Blox rescue the children trapped atop his Pushmo puzzle structures. To solve these puzzles you must pull, push, jump and climb up the stacked blocks by moving pieces, going through manholes and hitting switches. Which is not as easy as it sounds.
Puzzles start off in simple shapes and later become more complex. Some are in the shape of animals, fruits and recognizable Nintendo characters like Bowser, Yoshi, Piranha Plant, Goomba, among others.
The game gets progressively harder level by level and there are a couple of helpful features to assist you. Rewind time – If you miss time a jump and fall, press the button and it will send you back to the moment before you jump. Level skip – A level giving you trouble, skip to the next one so you can move on through the game.
Pushmo Studio allows you to create your own Pushmo puzzle with access to the gadgets as long you have conquered the level that featured them. Which I’m sure a lot of players will have fun with. These puzzles can be turned into a QR code, shared and downloaded by other players in Pushmo World Fair.
With 250 puzzles to play through, plus downloadable player created content, there are hours and hours of replay value to Pushmo World.
Pushmo World is available only for the Wii U on the Nintendo eShop and rated E for Everyone.