|Release: May 9, 2013|
|Screen Resolution: N/A||Mild Violence|
If the 173 included levels aren't enough, there's a collection of touchscreen controlled mini-games to play with. Players can use a slingshot to shoot mini-Marios at targets or use them to break up puzzle cubes. A fast-paced fishing game has the player luring Fly Guys out of the sky, and a final game has the player helping a mini-Mario on an elevating platform navigate a treacherous skyscape. There's even a side mini-game in which the player can view and polish a miniature collection that is accrued by solving the puzzles in the four main game modes.
On top of all that, players can create new levels to share using the game's included workshop. The player is given access to all the major tiles and traps found in the game, although as far as I could tell it's only possible to create levels in the style of Mario's Main Event. Puzzle creation is quite easy, though it should be noted that the player is required to successfully solve his or her own puzzle before the game allows it to be shared with the world.
It's also quite simple to find new puzzles. There are no friend code shenanigans involved; players can browse all the puzzles that have been shared online or sort for puzzles by existing friends. This is one example of Nintendo getting online features completely right.
This impressive amount of gaming value for the price rests on a solid foundation in the graphic and sound departments. Graphics are crisp, clear, and cheery. Individual puzzle elements are immediately identifiable, allowing the player to concentrate on strategy rather than figuring out which pieces are supposed to do what. Puzzles are accompanied by pleasant remixes of classic Mario music. Sound effects are satisfyingly springy, as appropriate for a game that is basically a giant toy box for wind-up miniatures.
Nintendo's Wii U may be foundering, but the company has been knocking it out of the park on the 3DS lately. Minis on the Move joins other greats like Pushmo to make the 3DS an amazing platform for anybody who enjoys a good puzzle game. Check it out, and prepare to get addicted to sliding tiles and frantically saving minis from a plunge into the dark abyss.
Date: May 9, 2013