Review by MordecaiRocks
"Our thong-wearing protagonist gives us one of the best puzzle games, ever."
Pushing and pulling blocks. It doesn't get much more simplistic than that. But what does does it matter? You wont be able to put this game down after trying it anyways. Why? Let's take a look.
While the idea of pushing and pulling blocks may sound... boring, it's anything but. The main goal of this game is to reach a child who is stuck atop a Pushmo. A Pushmo Is basically a series of blocks. You play as a chubby little hero in a thong, pushing and pulling blocks in front of you or from the side. After pulling out a block, or series of blocks as they can be connected, you can then jump on them to make it higher and be able to pull and push more blocks. You can pull each block out three squares in your direction, which is mighty important in terms of puzzle solving.There is a rewind time feature that you can use if you screw up and need to go back and redo something. There is also a switch at the beginning of the level that resets all your progress of the the level so far. It comes in handy if you make a major mistake and want to re-do the level.
As you transverse through the game, the puzzles become more and more complicated, with new features. There are manholes you can jump through to appear somewhere else. There are also switches that pull out all the blocks of that color. At one point the canvas becomes twice as large, making even larger puzzles. All of these features come available as you progress through the game's over 250 levels. And if that doesn't sound like enough, there is also Pushmo studio. Pushmo Studio is a level editor where you create your own levels. No features are blocked; Your levels can be just as good as the main game's, if not better. And the best part? Using QR codes, you can share your levels and download levels from other people. There is already a huge amount of downloadable levels available on the Internet. Since the game uses colored blocks, puzzles that resemble pixel art are abundant and look incredible. Trust me, you won't be bored.
This game doesn't offer much in the way of sound. The game has a few tracks, and they are pretty good. They aren't distracting and they don't become annoying, which is a plus. The sound effects are also pretty basic, but they work. There are jingles when you rescue children and such. The music and sound effects aren't going to blow you away, but they do their job well and are enjoyable to hear.
The controls are great and extremely responsive. They'll hardly be of annoyance as you push, pull, and jump your way through the levels. The "A" button jumps while the "B" button is used to push and pull the blocks. Either the slide pad or the d-pad can be used for movement. However, you probably won't be using the d- pad as the slide pad is much more natural. Our hero can move in a complete 360 degrees! The "L" button rewinds time and the "R" button zooms out, allowing you to get a better view of the puzzle. If there is one nitpick of the controls, though, it's with trying to preform diagonal jumps. It can take many attempts to make one and they can be quite difficult to perform. Besides for that minor flaw, the controls are near perfect,
As with sound, the graphics in this game don't look particularly great. I'll be honest and say they only slightly look better than a PSP game. The game also only has one static background that you'll see every level. There's actually nothing wrong with this and besides, they do their job as well. And what would you expect from a $7 downloadable game? The colorful graphics are pleasing to look at and fit the game quite well. But what makes up for the ok graphics is the AMAZING 3D effect. It may not be the best 3D on the system, but it is by far the most helpful and useful. It actually adds to the gameplay. You can easily tell where to jump and how far each block is pulled out. The game is easily playable without the 3D, so if you can't see it or just don't like it you'll still have a blast, but with it on, it's just amazing.
Replay value: 10/10
There isn't much incentive to replay any of the game's levels. So why does this deserve a 10/10? Because of Pushmo Studio! Making and playing your own levels is very fun. And let's not forget you can download other people's Pushmo as well, basically making an unlimited amount of puzzles. With an endless supply of Pushmo to download, you won't be running out of content anytime soon. Just remember to eat, sleep, and drink something every once in a while, m'kay?
As mentioned earlier, you won't be turning out of stuff to do. The puzzles become very complex and are a joy to solve. The puzzle/platforming aspect works great. I'd recommend this game if it was a full retail game, and at $7 as a downloadable game, it's a steal. Buy it, you won't regret your decision.
Reviewer's Rating: 4.5 - Outstanding
Originally Posted: 02/06/12
Game Release: Pushmo (US, 12/08/11)
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