Zuma Deluxe

Zuma Deluxe

Someone that has never played a version of this game using a computer mouse would probably enjoy it more but it is definitely not a bad game. The gameplay is very addictive and there are more than enough levels to keep you playing for a long time. Checking out the demo first is highly recommended however.

Gameplay: Would have been better if the controls were more precise.

Graphics: Nice but nothing special.

Sound: Catchy tunes that will stick in your head

Every Extend Extra

Every Extend Extra

Every Extend Extra is a unique title, but it is not going to appeal to everyone. Fortunately, there is a free version available for computer which will give you a good indication of what to expect. If you like arcade shooters with a bit of a puzzle element, then you will appreciate what this game has to offer.

Gameplay: Fast and frantic, but won’t appeal to everyone.

Graphics: Very psychedelic.

Sound: Integrated well with the gameplay

Meteos

Meteos

At first Meteos seem to be much too simple, especially considering how crowded the falling block puzzle genre is, but one only has to play it for a few hours to discover how deep and addictive it really is. Definitely another essential DS puzzler.

Gameplay: Extremely simple but very addictive.

Graphics: Nothing special but still looks good.

Sound: Q Entertainment knows how to craft some catchy tunes

Concrete Jungle

Concrete Jungle

Concrete Jungle offers an interesting mix of genres that all combine to offer a compelling gameplay experience that is also much more challenging than you would think. In the versus modes, city planning turns into a vicious game of sabotage and dirty tricks, while the solo mode requires players to think ahead in order to survive. Multi-player is unfortunately local only, but even so this game will keep players busy for ages.

Gameplay: The game is very addictive and truly a joy to play despite sometimes being as hard as nails.

Graphics: When zoomed in the visuals look a bit fuzzy, but overall the amount of detail and variety is top notch.

Sound: Great tunes and some surprisingly good voice acting

Chuck’s Challenge 3D

Chuck’s Challenge 3D

Simply put, if you love puzzle games, then you will love Chuck’s Challenge 3D. The game not only provides plenty of brain teasing puzzles, but remains addictive throughout. Don’t let the charming visuals and upbeat soundtrack fool you either, this game is not afraid to challenge players. Chuck’s Challenge 3D is a game packed with hours of entertainment and is an essential purchase for any self respecting puzzle fan.

Gameplay: Plenty of puzzles to give your grey matter a good workout.

Graphics: Bright, bold and charming.

Sound: The soundtrack is nice and upbeat

Velocity®Ultra

Velocity®Ultra

Velocity Ultra doesn’t exactly excel in the visual department, but it more than makes up for it with the addictive gameplay. At first glance it looks like a pure vertical shooter, but later levels introduce some nice puzzle elements. With fifty standard levels and plenty of unlockable challenges the game offers more than enough value for money.

Gameplay: Blends classic shooting with some modern puzzle solving.

Graphics: Functional but nothing outstanding.

Sound: Some nice old school style tunes

Poncho (Delve Interactive)

Poncho (Delve Interactive)

Just like any 2D platform game with a shadow motif will probably be compared to Limbo for the foreseeable future, PONCHO is inevitable going to draw comparisons to Fez. From the title and vibrant pixel art visuals to the chiptune soundtrack and world shifting gameplay mechanics there are plenty of similarities. However, we spent some time playing this parallax platformer and it definitely has a unique identity of its own

Quern – Undying Thoughts by Zadbox Entertainment

Quern – Undying Thoughts by Zadbox Entertainment

The point & click adventure genre has seen a resurgence in recent years thanks to indie developers, but we haven’t seen many classic Myst-style puzzle adventures. This is about to change thanks to Zadbox Entertainment and their first major title, Quern – Undying Thoughts. Influenced by the works of Jules Verne and inspired by the visual style of the Myst series, Quern is a first person puzzle adventure where players get to explore a mysterious island

Fantavision

Fantavision

As a launch title I can’t be too hard on Fantavision but apart from the nice colors there isn’t much here that set the game apart visually from the PSone titles. The gameplay is pretty solid, although button mashing can get you pretty far, but once you get the hang of it the novelty soon wears off. Fun while it lasts but not something you’d want to revisit too often.

Gameplay: A bit deeper than it looks initially, but not really up there with the classics.

Graphics: Pretty colors, but that’s about it.

Sound: Mostly dance tunes

Pixel Puzzles 2: Anime

Pixel Puzzles 2: Anime

Pixel Puzzles 2: Anime packs the same innovations introduced by the previous entry in the series, such as rotating puzzle pieces and a sorting tray, but with a brand new theme. The anime illustrations are not only beautiful and colorful, but also a lot of fun to assemble which makes for an addictive experience. The annoying little crabs are also gone, but have been replaced by an equally annoying Pixel Fairy.

Gameplay: Challenging and very addictive.

Graphics: The new anime themed illustrations are beautiful.

Sounds: The music is nice and mellow, but the fairy can become very annoying.