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Puzzle to Go Planets and Universe Review

Europe PAL Version

Posted by Marcel van Duyn

Not even if it was the last game on the planet

Tivola has three Puzzle to Go games under its belt already, with almost a year between the second and third instalments. The first two games were, understandably, very similar, but with almost a year between those and the third game, you'd think the team would've taken the time to refine some of the mechanics a little. Unfortunately, but perhaps unsurprisingly, they did not, and as such it should also come as no surprise that they did not do it for this fourth title either.

Starting up the game you'll once again be greeted with the exact same white and gray menus as before, and a slightly modified title screen. The game still only has the same two modes, solving its pre-done puzzles or importing a photo from your DSi and turning that into a puzzle to solve instead. The photo feature is, naturally, still the most interesting feature about the game, as absolutely nothing has changed since the first game other than the pre-made puzzle pictures.

There are still ten normal puzzles, this time naturally themed after the solar system, and once again only four of them are initially available. Each has three difficulty levels, each of which increases the amount of puzzle pieces, and each cleared difficulty will earn you one star.

Clearing higher difficulties still does not reward you with the stars below, so you'll have to do each puzzle several times on slightly higher (or lower, if you start high) difficulties in order to reap all possible rewards, for which you will need increasingly larger amounts of stars. The first unlock still only requires four stars, so you could easily simply clear each of the starter puzzles once, but past that you're gonna have to redo some of them.

Again, the actual puzzle-solving works fairly decently and has no real problems. You pick up pieces with your stylus, then move the screen around with the D-Pad or face buttons until you've reached the point you want to drop your piece at. They'll automatically click onto any correct pieces if you drop them nearby, becoming a larger section you can also drag around. Zooming in and out is also still a welcome option.

With the same looks and minimalistic music as every other game, each of the Puzzle to Go games looks lazier than the last. Of course it's simple to change games ever so slightly and release them again to make a quick buck off of clueless consumers, but when the base game isn't even that special to begin with, we certainly hope that the amount of people actually buying these is very small.

Conclusion

Once again, the fourth edition of Puzzle to Go is a minimally changed copy of the very first game. If you feel absolutely compelled to get one of them and you have a great deal of patience in order to unlock the additional puzzles, feel free to get the one game which has the most interesting theme to you, but otherwise just stay away and hope that this is the last we'll see of the games.

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User Comments (6)

Lobster

#2

Lobster said:

I mean, at least the controls don't seem to be broken. But that's about all you can say in its defense.

The sad thing is, I'd be interested in this game - if it did more! (It would have to be a lot more with this as the starting point... At LEAST 100+ different images, different kinds of puzzle piece shapes besides the "traditional", that whole star system revamped, etc. Plus the ability to take and store pictures to use as new puzzles, and the ability to create your own puzzles and share them with a friend. At least all those things, and possibly more, and then I would buy a game with this premise.) I like rl jigsaw puzzles, after all. My biggest complaint with those is the space they take up and how easy it is to lose pieces.

LEGEND_MARIOID

#3

LEGEND_MARIOID said:

Would've thought jigsaw puzzles on a ds would be best alongside a variety of other styles of puzzles in a mini-game package. I knw that this is just ware, but it isn't good enough.

ChristopherM

#5

ChristopherM said:

***Warning to 3DS owners***

This software was written for the DSi and does not seem to recognise the 3DS photo album. This means it works only with the ten built-in puzzles, which are clearly not worth the asking price.

I have written to Nintendo customer services suggesting they remove it from the 3DS eShop - and have asked for a refund.

ChristopherM

#6

ChristopherM said:

OK, I'll admit I was wrong - at least partially.

As pointed out by the Nintendo Helpdesk, this software does work on the 3DS, provided the photos are stored on the 3DS system memory.

Am I the only one who thinks that both the eShop description and the game instructions should mention the requirement to move photos from the SD card onto the system memory?

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