Puzzler World 2012 3D

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Erin Bell, Common Sense Media
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1,200+ puzzle collection offers variety and challenge.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn a variety of skills including letter and word recognition, vocabulary and trivia, arithmetic, numbers, counting, drawing, observation, and logic in Puzzler 3D World 2012. Puzzles fall into 16 categories that focus on language (e.g. Crossword, Word Search), numbers (Sudoku, Sum-Up), and visual (Spot the Difference, Jigsaw). Puzzler 3D World 2012 keeps kids engaged through a fantastic variety of puzzles and steadily increasing levels of challenge.

Positive Messages

The game rewards players for using their brains and solving problems. It sends a positive message about how solving puzzles can be fun.

Positive Role Models & Representations

There are no characters to interact with, but the game's overall vibe is positive, educational, and fun.

Ease of Play

The puzzles offer a healthy challenge, and unlockable Master mode puzzles are even more difficult. However, players can get hints by spending hint coins earned by playing a Pachinko-style mini-game. Detailed in-game instructions explain each puzzle's rules.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some of the crossword puzzles have tobacco- and alcohol-themed clues, such as "bar seat," which refers to a stool.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Puzzler World 2012 3D offers great value for the money with more than 1,200 puzzles to keep kids occupied. Puzzles span a wide range of difficulty, from simple coloring and Hangman puzzles to tricky crosswords and word games that require an adult's breadth of knowledge. (One puzzle, for example, involves descrambling the names of different airlines like Qantas and Lufthansa.) The game's 3D mode is not recommended for kids under 7, and can be turned off in the device's Parental Controls.

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What's it about?

PUZZLER WORLD 2012 3D is a collection of more than 1,200 puzzles divided into 16 categories of word, number, and visual games. In addition to puzzle collection mainstays like Sudoku, hangman, word search, and spot the difference, there are also fun twists on the familiar such as Pathfinder, a word search where the words don't always travel in straight lines. Kids begin with Challenge mode and can earn trophies, and unlock bonus games and a more difficult Master mode by completing puzzles.

Is it any good?

The 3D gimmick doesn't add anything to Puzzler World 2012 3D, but it's still a worthy collection of puzzles. The game is easy to control using the 3DS stylus, and detailed instructions on how to play each puzzle are just a tap away. While some of the puzzles -- particularly the word games -- will probably prove too difficult for younger players, the sheer number and variety of games to choose from makes sure that there's something for everyone.  

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how puzzle games help you learn. Is it possible to have fun and learn at the same time?

  • Do you prefer word games, numbers games, or visual games? Do you feel like these games help you build skills that you can use in real-life?

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For kids who love puzzles and thinking games

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