Puzzler World 2012 3D

Common Sense Media says

1,200+ puzzle collection offers variety and challenge.

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What parents need to know

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

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.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex
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Language
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Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

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

Privacy & safety
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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.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions
  • letter or word recognition
  • naming

Math

  • numbers
  • arithmetic
  • counting

Arts

  • drawing

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information
  • logic
  • solving puzzles

Self-Direction

  • achieving goals
  • work to achieve goals

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Puzzler World 2012 3D keeps kids engaged through a fantastic variety of puzzles and steadily increasing levels of challenge. The variety of games makes sure that there's something for everyone.

Learning Approach

Kids can learn a variety of skills including letter and word recognition, vocabulary and trivia, arithmetic, numbers, counting, drawing, observation, and logic. Players can get hints by spending coins they've earned by playing.

Support

The game is explained through an extensive instruction manual that can be accessed at any time, although there are no interactive tutorials.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions
  • letter or word recognition
  • naming

Math

  • numbers
  • arithmetic
  • counting

Arts

  • drawing

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information
  • logic
  • solving puzzles

Self-Direction

  • achieving goals
  • work to achieve goals

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.

This Learning Rating review was written by Erin Bell

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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?

QUALITY
 

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.  

Families can talk 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?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo 3DS
Price:$19.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:UbiSoft
Release date:September 25, 2012
Genre:Puzzle
Topics:Numbers and letters
ESRB rating:E for Alcohol and Tobacco Reference (Nintendo 3DS)

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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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