|System: Wii U|
|Dev: Intelligent Systems|
|Release: June 19, 2014|
|Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p|
Pushmo World uses the extra screen real estate on the Wii U to create charming backdrops against which the action takes place. Players will be pushing and pulling blocks in a forested village, windy valley, lumberjack camp complete with mine cart ride, ocean pier and more. The colors are bright but not too vibrant, and the characters are all cute as a button. It's almost as though the game's visual design was meant to lure players into a false sense of security just as they meet their first diabolically difficult Pushmo. In addition to being attractive, the graphics support the game's function well. There are various ways to survey the puzzles, and the blocks are colored so that you'll never have trouble distinguishing one from another.
The game is less impressive in its sound design, but the music and effects aren't really the game's focus. The background music is lively but unremarkable, and the sparse effects are the usual bleeps and bloops. It all works well with the game's overall character, even if a more imaginative score would have been a nice background to the puzzle solving.
For puzzle lovers, you can't do much better than Pushmo World. It's a great deal with tons of challenging puzzles, lots of variety packed into a simple premise, and tons of play value via the World Fair. The best puzzle games are easy to learn but difficult to master, constantly challenge the player to think in new ways, and ensure that players can't be permanently stumped on a single puzzle. Pushmo World does all that and more with style and charm. Go pick it up on the Wii U and get ready for block-pulling bliss.
Date: July 2, 2014