Puzzler World

Common Sense Media says

Varied puzzle collection, but some references to alcohol.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The main message is that using your brain can be fun, that wordplay and number games can be just as entertaining as action games.

Positive role models

The game encourages players to use their brains, and to challenge themselves with increasingly difficult puzzles.

Ease of play

The play controls are well designed, especially those for Word Search and Crossword puzzles (other similar video games have given such simple puzzles unnecessarily difficult control schemes). The puzzles start out reasonably simple and gradually grow to be much harder, but it is very easy to win hint coins along the way that can be spent whenever a player is stuck.

Violence
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Sex
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Language
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Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Some of the crossword puzzles contain clues and/or answers that reference cigarettes or alcoholic beverages. For example, the clue, "Cold one" leads to the answer, "Beer." One word search puzzle has alcoholic beverages as its theme and requires players to find words like "gin" and "rum" hidden in the word grid.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that while kids can have fun with -- and do well at -- most of the puzzle types in this minigame collection, the crossword puzzles are strangely adult in their clues. There are simply a lot of clues that would go over kids' heads, such as references to alcoholic beverages, auction lots, and Uma Thurman. However, the crosswords are only a small percentage of the total game count.

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

PUZZLER WORLD is a collection of over one thousand word, number, and logic games. Some are classics that can be found in dozens of other DS collections, like crosswords, wordsearches, and Sudoku. Others, like hangman and spot-the-difference, which are just as classic but less familiar in video game form, are present here And then there are also math puzzles and codebreaking challenges that feel very fresh.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

PUZZLER WORLD is, on the whole, a successful collection of brainy games. The controls are simple and easy to use, and its especially nice to have handwriting recognition software built in. If the game, say, keeps misinterpreting your G's as C's, you can teach the software how you make a C and it will know the difference in the future. For crossword fans, though, nothing is worse than bad clues, and there are a few duds in here. One clue, "VHS," is supposed to lead to the answer, "DVD." It's simply wrong. DVD and VHS don't mean the same thing. It makes you wonder if the clue was meant to be, "VHS alternative," or something like that. It also makes you wonder how many other mistakes there could be among the thousands of clues in the game.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about "brain games." Can certain types of video game -- puzzles, brainteasers, etc. -- make you smarter? Or should they, like action and adventure games, just be looked to for fun.

  • Can word and number games be as much fun as action games? Is one kind inherently better than the other?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo DS, Windows, Nintendo DSi
Price:$19.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Atari
Release date:December 8, 2009
Genre:Puzzle
ESRB rating:E for Alcohol Reference, Tobacco Reference (Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi, Windows)

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Kid, 12 years old July 25, 2012
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4
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good

it is good for pre-school and those at school because it help engage their mind into puzzles, help their general knowledge in life.
What other families should know
Great messages
Parent of a 13 year old Written bylovepreet February 16, 2010
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its a good game
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