What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Puzzler World 2013 contains more than two dozen different kinds of puzzles, ranging from word searches and Sudoku to "spot the difference" challenges and more. With hundreds of variations of each puzzle, players are encouraged to play over and over again, with the goal of unlocking the coveted "Master Mode." There is one mini-game in which players can spin a slot machine in order to win "hint tokens," but there is no sense of actual gambling. When playing the game on the Nintendo 3DS, the game's 3D mode is not recommended for kids under 7, and can be turned off in the device's Parental Controls.
What kids can learn
Engagement, Approach, Support
The entire point of this game is for players to keep playing until they master all the puzzles. Players are constantly encouraged as their performance increases, motivating them to stay engaged and focused over a long period of time.
This game is a collection puzzles. As such, playing the game and learning go hand-in-hand. The game encourages kids to play through all the different puzzle types, not just the ones with which they feel most comfortable.
Players receive comprehensive instructions for each puzzle, however they do not actively receive advice and guidance while completing the puzzles.
What's it about?
PUZZLER WORLD 2013 contains a total of more than a thousand puzzles, spread across numerous categories that involve arithmetic, spatial recognition, quick reflexes, and knowledge of the English language. It is designed to be a casual game that can keep players occupied for anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours at a time. A "Challenge Mode" tasks players with completing certain objectives or finishing puzzles of increasing difficulty; completing these challenges will eventually unlock an even harder set of puzzles called "Master Mode."
Is it any good?
Puzzler World 2013 is exactly what the name entails -- a collection of different puzzles that players can play through at their leisure. The "Challenge Mode" provides a more unified experience, with players completing specific goals across the myriad of puzzle types in order to unlock the "Master Mode" feature. For the most part, this is the digital equivalent of going to the bookstore and buying a bunch of Sudoku, word search, and other puzzle books. While it does include the staples that any hodgepodge puzzle game should, it has some unique twists as well -- such as a crossword puzzle where the words are already provided but not their locations on the board, requiring players to reverse-engineer the puzzle and figure out how to place each word in the correct spot. It's a solid offering of mind-mashing conundrums for young and old alike.
Explore, discuss, enjoy
Families can talk about the wide variety of video games, and how they can help teach kids, hone their creativity, and keep their minds active and curious.
Which puzzle is your strong suit? Which one has you struggling? What does this tell you about yourself?
What subjects are you struggling with in school? Think of ways to make those subjects more interesting; can you turn the boring process of studying into a game?