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Review: Pushmo World

Pushmo returns in HD, and manages to rekindle my desire to shove blocks around.

The 3DS saw one of the most innovative puzzle games in recent memory with Pushmo a few years back. A simple downloadable title became one of the 3DS’s best games, if nothing else for the refreshing nature of it’s gameplay. It wasn’t about speed or necessarily skill, it was about thinking things carefully to get from the bottom to the top. Plain, simple, and immensely enjoyable.

Pushmo World seeks to bring that same innovative gameplay to the big screen. Admittedly, it’s not as fresh the second time, but it still delivers head scratching brilliance with a new batch of puzzles. You also get a more robust social feature through Miiverse, allowing you to find and endless assortment of user-generated Pushmo puzzles!

Here’s one I created! It’s kind of terrible, but you can scan the QR code into either version of Pushmo to try it!

What makes Pushmo great is it’s simplicity. The colorful art style, the peppy music, and the minimal amount of mechanics helps to keep the game clear and concise, and yet the variety of puzzles seems endless. The amount of innovation you get from a game about pushing and pulling blocks around never ceases to surprise me, even in the franchise’s second iteration.

Ultimately, Pushmo is a puzzle game only in competition with itself. It’s nice to see that Nintendo didn’t try and staple more weird mechanics into it, or re-introduce elements from the less favorable offshoot Crashmo (also available on the 3DS). What we have is a great game, in high definition, with nearly unlimited content. At the end of the day that’s all anybody could ask for.

Pushmo World announced for Wii U

Push it real good.

Nintendo announced today that Pushmo World, the sequel to Pushmo on the 3DS, will be coming to the Wii U on June 19th.

In Pushmo, the goal is to get the adorable sumo wrestler Mallo to the top of oddly shaped structures by pushing and pulling blocks forward and back, ultimately platforming your way to the top. The original came out on the 3DS eshop a couple years ago, and was considered to be a refreshing and truly unique puzzle game by most critics. The sequel appears to be a bit more of the same, complete with stage building and sharing, but in HD. If you’ve never had a shot at the series now, I highly recommend you go pick up the original.

Of course you can check out the trailer right here and drop comments below on what you think!