A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
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.
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.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some of the crossword puzzles have tobacco- and alcohol-themed clues, such as "bar seat," which refers to a stool.
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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.
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.
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