Mini-game collection boasts hundreds of Sudoku, crossword, “spot the difference,” word search, and other puzzles.
With more than 500 puzzles, a very colorful and inviting interface, and a reward system that offers unlockable games, Puzzler World is an enjoyable collection of easy-to-play pick-up-and-go mini-games. From classic puzzles like Sudoku and word search to more unique games like “Link-A-Pix,” there is something here to suit a variety of different gaming tastes.
After players create a profile by drawing their name or whatever else they want to draw, there are two modes to select from. The predominant one, “Challenge Mode,” directs them to a giant board with box numbered from 1 to 560. Each box contains a different puzzle to master, and they are split among a handful of different games:
Sudoku – It is the classic number-filling puzzle game that can provide hours of enjoyment or paralyzing agony. Players must arrange numbers throughout boxes of 9 squares on a game board, such that each box contains each number, 1 – 9, one and only one time, as well as each column and row on the game board likely also receiving evenly-distributed numbers. The game starts players off with grids of 4×4, and the final puzzle grid is only 9×9.
Wordsearch – Another backseat favorite: a bunch of letters are presented in jumbled formations and it is up to the players to find specific words among the jumbled mess. Some of the word lists are themed, like “Uncle Ben,” “Spiderman,” “Senses,” and “Web,” while others are just random words seemingly pulled from the dictionary. It can get pretty intense when players are presented with board of over 140 letters and must find as many as 16 words as quickly as possible.
Fitword – This is an interesting game that is kind of like crosswords, but players are presented with all the correct words right off the bat. Sound a bit too easy? Yeah, there’s a catch – the correct words are shown amidst a collection of potential words. For example, for a word that 5 letters across, players are shown 2 – 4 potential five-letter words. To figure out which one belongs in that space, they must look at the potential words for the adjoining crossword spaces, and through process of elimination determine which word fits where.
Spot the Difference – Two images are presented side by side, and although they seem identical, there are a handful of differences. A boy’s shirt might be a different color, the cat may have its paw out at a slightly different angle, or that trombone in the picture to the left might be a clarinet in the picture on the right. Each “Spot the Difference” puzzle has 10 differences to find, and like all the others, the clock is ticking in this game to track how quickly the players can succeed.
Silhouette – This is a pretty basic game. Players are shown a black-and-white board with a whole bunch of scattered pieces; think of it as a jigsaw puzzle but with all sorts of different puzzle piece shapes. Players click on all the pieces that have a dot in them, while avoiding clicking on the pieces without dots. Once all the dotted pieces are clicked, an image is revealed. This game is all about clicking all the correct pieces as quickly as possible without accidentally clicking on a blank piece.
Codeword – Perhaps the most complex game in this collection, Codeword is another crosswords variation in which every box on the crossword grid has a number. Each number corresponds to a letter, and it is up to the players to figure out the code of which number equals which letter. Each board has a few choice letter/number combinations figured out, and by completing partially-filled words, players are eventually able to match all 26 numbers with all 26 letters.
Link-A-Pix – This is one is really hard to describe. Picture a sheet of grid paper, and then writing the number “5” on one of the grid squares. Now, exactly 5 squares away – say, 2 squares right and 3 square up – writing another “5.” Now imagine if the entire sheet of grid paper was filled with these numbers, perfectly spaced apart from each other, ranging from 1 to 17. That’s Link-A-Pix, and it is the players’ job to link all of the matching numbers together. Doing so creates a colorful image and a tremendous sense of accomplishment.
Crossword – There is also a standard crossword puzzle mini-game in Puzzler World. Hundreds of different boards and clues ensure that there is a lot of fresh content available for those who have really honed out their crossword clue brain power.
In addition to all of these, there are also bonus mini-games like hangman, slide puzzles, and memory quizzes, which are unlocked after successfully completing one of the core games. If players are stumped, they can use “hint coins” to help figure out a specific word, pattern, or image. Hint coins are also awarded at the end of each successfully-completed puzzle.
Unfortunately, the unlocked puzzles are difficult to find again, because they are not added to the main menu and will never appear in “Quickplay” mode. Additionally, although the game starts off with very easy puzzles making it easy for anyone to step into, the difficulty level never really increases. Some of the games, like Wordsearch, do reach a moderate level of difficulty, but nothing that will stump a good puzzle gamer.
For the real novice players, there are instructions for each game, but they are not extremely helpful. For example, the Sudoku instruction screen only contains three sentences. For someone who has never played Sudoku, which is clearly a large target for this game, this seems inadequate.
Thus, Puzzler World ends up being a game better suited to players looking for a relaxing experience, rather than puzzle game veterans.