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Fullblox (3DS eShop)

Fullblox (3DS eShop)

Pulling the blocks into place

It's arguably one of the key gaming experiences to indulge in some light puzzling on a handheld system. Whether it's Tetris or Picross, nothing makes a morning commute or quiet evening more relaxing than letting grey matter and opposable thumbs work together to solve a problem. Pullblox / Pushmo is one Nintendo 3DS...

3D Thunder Blade (3DS eShop)

3D Thunder Blade (3DS eShop)

Get to the chopper!

There was a time in the late '80s when Thunder Blade machines were a fairly common sight in amusement arcades. Yet even with a decent amount of distribution it was never in the same league as its close cousins; the instant visual assault from Sega's flashier and more exciting looking games such as Out Run, After Burner and Space...

Johnny Dynamite (3DS eShop)

Johnny Dynamite (3DS eShop)

Defused

Imagine a 2D game with a simple premise: collect all pieces of dynamite in each stage without taking any damage. Instead of running and jumping around like you would in a traditional platformer, you thrust freely throughout the bite-sized stages with a trusty jetpack. With unlimited use of this ability, along with an endless supply of...

Bloo Kid 2 (3DS eShop)

Bloo Kid 2 (3DS eShop)

Doesn't make us feel bloo

Originally developed for mobile platforms, Bloo Kid 2 was well received back in 2014; indie developer 'winterworks' delivered a solid 2D platformer with responsive touchscreen controls. Although still a decent choice for the discerning mobile user, Bloo Kid 2 clearly becomes a much tougher proposition on the Nintendo 3DS...

Runny Egg (3DS eShop)

Runny Egg (3DS eShop)

Sunny side up

Budget-priced titles are a tempting option for consumers: for less than the price of a coffee you can get a video game. Unfortunately, not every game is up to the standards of indie gems like Gunman Clive, and sometimes even the most inexpensive titles can leave players feeling ripped off. Thankfully, Runny Egg joins a growing...

Titanic Mystery (3DS eShop)

Titanic Mystery (3DS eShop)

My heart can't go on

If you aren't some form of malicious AI bent on revenge against humanity, then the idea of mixing puzzle gameplay together with tragic events might not make very much sense. It's a strange combination that has "honoured" the RMS Titanic in particular with several different examples, and we've pondered both the implications and...

Best Friends - My Horse 3D (3DS eShop)

Best Friends - My Horse 3D (3DS eShop)

​Put this one out to pasture

It seems as though publishers just can't get enough horse related games released on the 3DS, with Best Friends - My Horse 3D being the sixth one; you'd think by now that horse racing simulator games would have been mastered, but you'd be sadly mistaken. Best Friends - My Horse 3D does absolutely nothing to improve on...

Karous -The Beast of Re:Eden- (3DS eShop)

Karous -The Beast of Re:Eden- (3DS eShop)

​Not exactly the beast

The "shmup" genre is relatively niche but is also, among its devoted fans, one of the great pleasures in gaming. It's a difficult genre to create games for, however, as the nature of the gameplay is rather limited and simple, with innovations being hard to come by. After all, there's only so many ways one can pull off...

Heart Beaten (3DS eShop)

Heart Beaten (3DS eShop)

Be still my beating heart

Originally created and developed during the Global Game Jam of 2013 in a little over 24 hours, Heart Beaten has been available on Android and iOS platforms for a couple of years. The newly released Nintendo 3DS version expands on the mobile version with structural changes, brand new mini-game types and a new soundtrack...

Pokémon Rumble World (3DS eShop)

Pokémon Rumble World (3DS eShop)

Diamonds and Pearls

One of many spin-offs to come out of Nintendo's Pokémon phenomenon, the Rumble series takes toy versions of Game Freak's famous monsters and throws them into simple, action-packed beat-'em-ups. The 3DS has already played host to Pokémon Rumble Blast, but following in the free-to-play footsteps of the recently released Pokémon...

Cube Creator 3D (3DS eShop)

Cube Creator 3D (3DS eShop)

​A proper substitute for Minecraft?

It's a rather unfortunate reality that Minecraft has never made it to Nintendo platforms. The multi-billion dollar franchise has reached millions of people all over the world in the course of its run and it would seem to be a good fit for Nintendo platforms given its extremely approachable, yet deep gameplay...

DOOORS (3DS eShop)

DOOORS (3DS eShop)

What are the scores on the DOOORS?

Imagine this: you wake up one morning and find yourself in a windowless, white room with nothing but a screwdriver in your pocket and a scrap of paper that contains a bizarre sequence of numbers. Upon closely examining the only door, you find it locked and there's no obvious keyhole. What do you do? If problem...

3D Fantasy Zone II (3DS eShop)

3D Fantasy Zone II (3DS eShop)

Let me be your fantasy

Fantasy Zone II was developed and released for the Sega Master System back in 1987. Unfortunately the limitations of the console (the original Fantasy Zone was built on Sega's more powerful System 16 arcade hardware) crippled the design aspirations; admirable attempts to include new gameplay elements weren't successful and...

Word Search by POWGI (3DS eShop)

Word Search by POWGI (3DS eShop)

No explanation needed

If you've read our review of the Wii U version of Word Search by POWGI, you'll know that this download takes a no-frills approach to translating a very popular paper-based puzzle to a screen. However, while the Wii U version at least tries to add a tiny bit more variety with a very limited multiplayer mode, this portable...

A-Train 3D: City Simulator (3DS eShop)

A-Train 3D: City Simulator (3DS eShop)

​Chugging uphill

In the 3DS library, there is a rather unsurprising gap of management sim games. The niche genre essentially revolves around placing the player in the chair of a person in charge of a large city or company, tasking them with running it and maximising profitability. This is something of a double-edged sword; patient gamers will find...

Music On: Electric Guitar (3DS eShop)

Music On: Electric Guitar (3DS eShop)

While my 3DS gently weeps

If someone were to come up to you on the street and loudly proclaim "My 3DS is an electric guitar!!", you'd probably just smile politely and try to put as much distance between the two of you as possible. Their boasting isn't total insanity however, as Music On: Electric Guitar is an ambitious little app that aims to...

My Pet School 3D (3DS eShop)

My Pet School 3D (3DS eShop)

Plays dead

Do you get the feeling we've barked up this tree before? My Pet School 3D is much like other entries in TREVA's bloated stable of pet sims, such as Me & My Pets 3D and Life with Horses 3D. Each successive instalment comes with the desperate hope that some new tricks have been learned this time around, only to have it stare back at you...

Pazuru (3DS eShop)

Pazuru (3DS eShop)

Not pants-uru

Nintendo handhelds have been graced with many great puzzle games over the years, from the wonderful Tetris on the original Game Boy through to the present day; the Picross series, Pullblox and the Professor Layton titles all being notable recent examples. In fact, a quick filtered search of the 3DS eShop by 'Puzzle' genre reveals no...

Excave II : Wizard of the Underworld (3DS eShop)

Excave II : Wizard of the Underworld (3DS eShop)

Dungeon crawling on a higher budget

Not long ago, the budget-priced dungeon-crawler Excave hit the 3DS eShop, and our review found the experience a technically sound and overall enjoyable experience, despite some minor flaws. This sequel follows a bit more than a month later, and promises more polished hack and slash gameplay, though at an increased...

Jet Dog (3DS eShop)

Jet Dog (3DS eShop)

A bit ruff

Here's a quick generalisation: There are huge differences between mobile games and Nintendo 3DS games. The best mobile games take advantage of the host platform with regards to touch controls, usage of the screen and gameplay. It's also fair to say that for every great mobile game, there's a shed load of dross, but at least they're...