Thursday, 26 April 2012

Game Review: Pushmo

  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Developer: Intelligent Systems
  • Platform: Nintendo 3DS (download)
  • Genre: Puzzle
  • Release Date: 8th December 2011
  • Price: £5.40/$6.99
Pushmo (known as Pullblox in Europe) is Intelligent Systems first entry on the Nintendo eShop for the Nintendo 3DS system. The company is well known for making the Advance Wars, Fire Emblem, Paper Mario and WarioWare franchises. Intelligent Systems has a great tracking record behind the other franchises they contributed as well, so you can be assured that this one will be great too! Believe me, you will not be disappointed when you purchase this download title!
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The game is set in Pushmo Park, which contains special puzzles called Pushmo. Each puzzle is stacked of colourful blocks and are designed to slide forwards and backwards to three rows. Players control Mallo, a round and happy human-like character. He is instructed by Papa Blox to rescue the children trapped in the puzzles. The objective of the game is to create an appropriate path that you can rescue the child trapped in the puzzle and/or locate the goal flag. On the way there, Mallo must go through certain obstacles, such as manholes, ladders and triggering switches that only certain blocks full forward. The puzzle's difficulty is set upon the number of stars showing on that level. The higher the stars, the harder its going to be. In the beginning levels, the game teaches you the basics of how to move these blocks, so you can access the goal area. Further on when you progressed through a certain number of puzzles, you'll go into the advanced lessons learning about the more difficult objects, like the switches mentioned above and going through manholes that are only the same colour. Once that has been done you'll be able to go through puzzles that have this technique. The great part of this is you may even come across some Nintendo inspired levels as well, which is full of nostalgia!

Pushmo takes great advantage of the steostopic 3D feature, which is pretty amazing! At the beginning of every level the blocks are all flattened at the back, making them invisible until you pull them forward. When you start to pull them a bit, the 3D effect starts to come towards you a bit as well. The game's art is incredible, especially in 3D. The bright vibrant colours from the blocks are coming through very nicely. In terms of the sound, it flows very well with the gameplay. The 8-bit and modern beats blend nicely together.

Experience how the game plays visually by watching this trailer.

Pushmo Studio is the place to create custom puzzles to play yourself or a friend. You can also put the puzzle data on a QR code to share to others in popular places such as the Internet.


Pushmo is by far one of the best games available on the Nintendo eShop for the Nintendo 3DS system. With charming and addicting gameplay at a value price. It's a bit disappointing that there is no StreetPass or SpotPass features involved in this game; but the inclusion of the QR code feature kind of makes up for it. Nonetheless, I highly recommend everyone that has a Nintendo 3DS system to make a purchase and download the game right now and experience this gem!

-Vernon Schieck


This was a very well made and professional review. Please keep making more of these if you have the time!

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