Oftentimes, casual budget titles are overlooked in the gaming industry. I’m not criticizing anyone in particular for this. There are tons of amazing games out there and it’s impossible to talk about all of them. Besides, it’s not like fans of these kinds of titles are looking for critical darlings anyway.

That said, I think it’s a shame when they are looked down upon because some of these games are charming in their own right. Personally, I’m a big fan of picross puzzles. There are a ton of Picross games available on the 3DS and after devouring many of them, I was looking for more but it can be tough to find decent ones for a reasonable price. I finally found a couple mobile games that are great and I play frequently. Even though these games were casual, budget games, they’ve given me many hours of fun.

While Puzzler World doesn’t have my particular vice, I know many people like crosswords and sudokus. Plus, one of the puzzles looks like a fun twist on picross so maybe it would be interesting. I wouldn’t probably want it on Steam but the DS and 3DS platforms are great for games like this.

Anyway, my point in writing this isn’t to say that these games are going to set the world on fire, certainly not. What I AM saying is that next time you see one of these in the bargain bin, maybe don’t overlook it so quickly. There can be some real gems out there.

2/13 – Puzzler World

Hello and welcome. My name is Katosepe and I’ll be your host for today’s video game of the day.

Today’s game is Puzzler World for the Nintendo DS and PC. Puzzler World claims to be a sequel to Puzzler Collection but was made by a completely different group of people. Puzzler World was developed by Ideas Pad, a developer based in England made up of former Publishers from EA, Ubisoft, Eidos and THQ.

Puzzler World is a casual game consisting of over 1,200 puzzles of many different varieties. The game contains sudokus, crosswords, fitwords and more. Players can choose to tackle a specific type of puzzle or can select a quick puzzle mode which serves up random puzzles for the player to complete. Both the PC and DS versions of the game contain handwriting recognition so players can write in their answers without using a keyboard.

The developers would go on to make several more entries in the Puzzler World series, including annual entries on the DS as well as numbered entries on Steam. As a casual game, there are not many critic reviews of the game but user reviews have been positive. Steam currently has over 200 reviews with a totaled rating of Very Positive with people stating that this game isn’t ground-breaking but is a good collection of puzzles. Many claim it is great for kids but others say there are some challenging puzzles for adults as well.

Puzzler World on the DS will cost about 30 US dollars but the Steam version is available for only 5.

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