Parents' Guide to

Puzzle & Dragons Z + Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Bros. Edition

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Fun, balanced puzzler with StreetPass features.

Game Nintendo 3DS 2015
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Unlike many modern match-3 puzzle games, Puzzle & Dragons Z + Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Bros. Edition isn't a free-to-play game with in-app purchases, a genre frequently associated with imbalanced play that encourages players to pay to win. Rather, it's a challenging but balanced game that urges players to think strategically and that rewards skill. Its complex puzzle/battle system pushes players to think through each move before executing it, while providing loads of ways for a player to grow each member of a team and make them feel like his or her own. It's surprisingly strategic and wonderfully empowering.

The big question for most players will be which of the two games to play first. Die-hard Mario fans should enjoy the Italian plumber-themed edition, which has little in the way of story and instead places its focus on keeping players in puzzles populated with pleasantly familiar characters such as Bloopers and Buzzy Beetles. Fans of games such as Pokémon, on the other hand, may appreciate the freely explorable world and chatty story of Puzzle & Dragons Z, which features a young apprentice capturing monsters, training them, and deploying them in battle. Regardless, both games offer a very similar -- and quite satisfying -- puzzle-game experience.

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