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Henry Hatsworth in the Puzzling Adventure

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Innovative platform/puzzle hybrid with great visual style.

Game Nintendo DS 2009
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age 8+

Based on 1 parent review

age 8+

My 8 year old and I both enjoyed the game alot!

The game was originally purchased for my 6 year old as a birthday gift. It was too hard for him after the first few levels so he passed it to our 8 year old until he was older. My older child really enjoyed using the puzzle to super charge the attacks on the top screen. It took a little bit to understand how to flop the blocks of the puzzle. (It feels much different than other match 3 games.) Once we figured it out it was addicting. This is a game worth buying!

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The manner in which Henry Hatsworth melds the seemingly disparate genres of puzzle and platform gaming is nothing if not innovative. Play is shockingly seamless; all it takes is a single button tap to switch from the platform adventure to the puzzle game below. Moreover, the puzzle controls are mapped to the same buttons as the platform controls, so there's no need to pull out the stylus when it comes time to start swapping blocks (though the option does exist for those who prefer using the DS's touch screen). You can work on the puzzle until the timer runs out, clearing monsters and earning power-ups, or hop back up to the top screen and pick up the platform adventure exactly where you left off. Note, the platform puzzles can get very challenging toward the end of the game.

This fast-paced action is enhanced by fun and original artistic design. Our titular hero dons distinctive apparel and accessories -- including a bowler hat, a pith helmet, and a monocle -- and regularly utters identifiable Britishisms such as "quite so" and "good show." He and his equally idiosyncratic nemeses travel across lush and colorful backgrounds ranging from rainforests to graveyards to undersea worlds. An eclectic score that quickly and effortlessly moves from jungle beats to powerful orchestral movements to Scooby-Doo-style haunted house melodies -- acts as the icing on this creative and undeniably unique little handheld adventure.

Game Details

  • Platform: Nintendo DS
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: Electronic Arts
  • Release date: March 17, 2009
  • Genre: Puzzle
  • ESRB rating: E for Cartoon Violence
  • Last updated: November 5, 2015

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