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Puzzle Dimension Review
Posted on August 08, 2011 by

The puzzle genre in its history has generally catered to a more specific audience compared to the casual fan or gamer. Puzzle Dimension, available for both PSN and PC, is no exception to this general rule of thumb. Boasting 100 puzzles and lush graphics this $10 downloadable title cranks up the challenge with its simple mechanics on PSN. However, repeated puzzle offerings prevent the title from becoming an instant classic.

EASY ON THE SURFACE, COMPLEX UNDERNEATH

Simple Controls Combine With Increasing Challenge - In Puzzle Dimension, players control a metallic, shining ball on a grid. The objective is to activate a portal by collecting flowers. The ball is easy enough to roll along the grid and can even jump spaces with the X button. Furthermore, the game provides a nice tutorial that shows the rather simple mechanics and displays some of the challenges the player will encounter during the course of the game such as crumbling tiles, ice, et cetera. Also of note is the camera's maneuvering, as the camera must be turned in the direction the player wishes the ball to move. For a game that provides an above average challenge, the simple gameplay is a relief. However, that is not to say the game is tailored for the causal puzzle fan. With 100 challenges, the puzzles continue to increase with new factors being introduced throughout and become rather complicated even within the first 10 puzzles. I found myself racking my brain rather frequently and did appreciate a solid challenge while recognizing that it may not be for everyone.
 
No Puzzled Looks Here - As soon as I booted up the game, I was rather impressed by the lush graphics displayed. To my surprise, the aesthetics were further incorporated into the actual gameplay. The in-game graphics utilize pixels for the most part, most noticeably for the flowers. However, just because pixels are used, does not mean the graphics disappoint. In fact, I was pleasantly surprised by the detail involved with the pixels and the attention given to the brightness of the ball itself. For a downloadable title, the graphics were definitely one of the game's strongest suits.
 
 

PUZZLING POOR

Puzzle Concepts Used Too Frequently - While it is nice to be able to boast the inclusion of 100 puzzles, it is enabled by the repeated use of certain obstacles and features over and over. For example, the game first introduces the player to the idea that tiles will crumble, and after the first two puzzles I understood the concept; however, instead of introducing another element into the mix, the crumbling tiles only continue, as if it were a means to simply bolster the total number of puzzles. Repeatedly using a new concept happened time and again in Puzzle Dimension, and detracted from the overall experience. 
 
Annoying Sound - With a game that managed to hit the nail on the head in the graphics department, I was sorely disappointed in the music used which consisted of chiptunes. It became rather difficult after the first half hour to differentiate one chiptune from another, and as the sounds droned one while attempting to figure out the puzzles' solutions, I found myself becoming quite annoyed with the music and sound effects rather quickly.
 
 
 

Puzzle Dimension is a solid puzzle title that caters to the puzzle audience. It provides a difficult challenge while maintaining simplistic controls. However, the game is not for everyone as it does require both patience and an ability to look past annoying sounds and repeated concepts. For only $10, you can definitely do a lot worse than this overlooked title, and if you’re craving a puzzle adventure, this game just might be up your alley. 

 

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