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I read rave reviews all over the place about this game and couldn't wait to give it a try. I'm no puzzle addict but I do like the odd crossword or code breaker every now and again. This cost me £15 from Argos as part of a 2 for £30 deal, though I now see that several places have it for only £10 including Asda and Amazon (I was had there then).
I should have read this properly I admit, but when I bought it I just assumed that there was no way the game would only feature the four kinds of puzzles featured on the front cover. I assumed (wrongly) that it was just for illustration purposes, to give me an idea of the sorts of puzzles the game included. So imagine my surprise when I got stuck in and realised that no, it wasn't a selection depicted on the front cover - it was the entire menu.
The games that they've included are Sudoku, Crossword, Fitword and Wordsearch. The games have all been well designed so that they flow relatively smoothly, and the controls are very simple thanks to the drop and drag element that the DS stylus brings to the table. There are two quite major floors with two of the games though.
Firstly, in Sudoku you can basically cheat your way to the finish line. The number turns red if that number you enter into a box can't be correct. Where's the challenge in that?! The other glitch that annoyed me a bit was in Fitword. You have the word list on one side of the DS, and the grid to fit the words into on the other. Because only one screen on the DS is a touch screen, the two screens have to jump about between whichever one you're wanting to make a selection on at the time.
All there is to this game is basically easy, medium and hard tournaments featuring the same four puzzles over and over again. They get a bit bigger as you go up in the difficulty stakes, but that's the only variety you get here. I really am so dissapointed with this. This could have been so much more with just those few extra games! It's relatively well designed, it's easy to use and the puzzles they've got are decent fun. This badly needs a few more games on the menu though.
I found about this game from the Puzzler website. Since their website has alot more games I was slightly disappointed when I realised there are only 4 types of games on the game (crossword, wordsearch, fitword and sudoku). Nonetheless I did find it hard to tear myself away from the game. I have to say playing these games is an ideal way to get rid of boredom. I really like the fact that there are options of which level to play at. I begun on the easiest levels and worked my way up. I'm very much into Sudoku so thats where I spent most of my time. I also think it works brilliantly with Nintendo DS because of the stylus. So when you think you've figured what munber goes where you tap on the square and write the number in. Also when I'm doing sudoku on paper I always find it much easier if I can write my options down (for example I may know that a 1 or 3 go in a particular square so I write both numbers in that square, but in smaller writing). I loved the fact that you could do the same in the game version. It makes solving the problems much more easier. Since I really played sudoku the most, I can say if you're into sudoku you'll feel very much at home with Puzzler Collection.
This review is for the Nintendo DS game, Puzzler Collection, developed and published by Destination Software. Puzzler Collection consists of four sub games, crosswords, word search, fitword and sudoku.
There are lots of options in this game, which is based around the four different sub games. In the crossword mode, there are general knowledge and specialist crosswords to work through. There is the traditional word search where you find words in a straight line, although they can be horizontal, vertical or diagional, amidst a range of letters.
The other two games are fitword and sudoku. With Fitword you are given a list of words and a grid similar to that off a crossword puzzle, and you have to fit the list of words into the grid, as there is only one way of fitting all of the words in. Sudoku is the game made popular recently, where you have to fit numbers into a grid so that no number is repeated either horizontally or vertically.
There are two thousand puzzles in the game in total, and you can play the game across three different difficulty levels. This is a good number of puzzles, although there are other games on the market, such as Sudoku, which came with literally hundreds of thousands of different puzzles. However, the range of modes and difficulty levels do present a good challenge.
The range of puzzles is good, but it's a shame that more of the puzzles from the Puzzler Magazine, which this game is based around, aren't available. Some more different challenges, even if they were occasional, would have been a valuable addition to this game.
The controls in the game are good, primarily using the touch screen and the stylus as the input method. This is occasionally frustrating when you can't get the stylus to select the words or selections that you wanted to, but is much more frustrating when you are playing in the timed puzzles.
There are a range of different ways in which you can play the game as well. The tournament mode allows you to play across the four puzzles, which become ever more difficult. Every time that you progress you gain more experience, and your aim is to reach the highest level, that level of enlightenment.
The other modes which you can play the game in are quick blast, where you tell the Nintendo DS what time of puzzle you want and the level of the challenge, and it provides you with the most appropriate. You can then measure your performance across a period of time, as the game provides you with puzzles of a similar challenge every time.
The other ways of playing the game are simply puzzle, fast and fun and head to head. Simply puzzle is similar, but without the other challenges, you are just presented with a puzzle meeting your requirements. The fast and fun mode allows you to pick the challenge that you want, but you have to race against the clock to finish, and head to head is a multi player challenge.
The game currently retails for 19.99 pounds but is available on Amazon for 9.99 pounds. If you're happy with a second hand copy, these are available at the time of writing for around seven pounds on sites such as eBay and Amazon. The game is rated as 3+, so is suitable for children of most ages.
In summary, this is a very good game, well produced and with lots of long term interest. It certainly saves on buying puzzle magazines which you can use only once, and is ideal for the Nintendo DS as it's a portable console with a touch screen. The controls can be frustrating sometimes then they don't appear to be very responsive, and a greater range of puzzles would have been beneficial, but overall, definitely a good purchase, especially at its current cheap price from Amazon.
I was given this game as a present (I had requested it as my mum has a copy and I thought it looked good) and I've played it an awful lot! It has 4 types of puzzle game on it; sudoku, wordsearch, fitword and crossword. There are 3 ability levels ranging from beginner to pro, and there are various different modes, including a daily challenge where you complete puzzles in a 20 minute window and a fast and fun where you have to fill in one or 2 clues against the clock, as well as standard puzzles.
The puzzles are good fun, but the fitwords are still easy even on the pro level, and the skill levels on the sudokus are a little bit random. The crosswords are good but the same clues do crop up, so after a while you can remember some of the answers. There are enough clues for it not to be annoying though. The visual style is fairly basic, but if you wanted exciting graphics you probably wouldn't choose this type of puzzle game anyway.
The game is controlled by the stylus and the touchscreen, and this is where it falls down slightly. In the fitword, sudoku and crosswords you can select the clue/area you want to complete, but this can sometimes take several goes or select the wrong thing, which is frustrating if you're playing a timed game. The wordsearch gives me most trouble though, with the stylus either not registering at all or selecting the wrong squares - after losing a fast and fun match because of the dodgy controls I could have happily winged my DS across the room.
Iffy controls notwithstanding, this a basically good, no frills puzzle game, and is available for around £10 online. It's very good (and aimed at) gamers like my mum, who doesn't want to platform or shoot things, but is looking for a more sedate and relaxing game.
When I saw this game advertised in the Game shop I didnt really know if it would be good or not. But since I have had the game I have been using it non-stop. I have found that it also helps my younger brother especially the sudoku, we found that it has helped him with his maths at school. I think that this game not only is fun but helps your brain to develop by doing the tournaments can help you get to more levels, and it can also make you try more trickier puzzles which you then need to think more about.
I like the way that once each section has finished you can unlock more games and different levels as well. I think that who ever you buy this game for it will benefit them in a great way. Even if it is for yourself then buy it because you can have loads of fun and enjoyment and even learning from all the sections in this game.
Crosswords and puzzles are probably one of the things that the Nintendo DS is supposed to be good at doing, and considering the long battery life and touch screen, I was quite hopeful that these games would become feasible and fun on the handheld.
Games like this do present these puzzles in a playable and unencumbered way, and this game is indeed very quick to pick up, play, and switch off on long or short commutes, with a simple interface that doesn't take ages to get to the games themselves.
However, the technical production is not the best one could ask for. It is clear that if only a bit more thought and programming effort was put into designing the interface, things could have been made a lot better and it could have used the DS's capabilities more fully. Furthermore, the sound is really bland (not that it would matter in a crossword!). Changeable colour themes would have been appreciated, too, to freshen up now and then.
Having said all this, however, I've played this game for many, many hours during my commutes and I still haven't had come across a puzzle I've completed before! It's nothing to write home about, but I easily got my money's worth out of it, and I think it's a keeper!
I bought this game as I enjoy puzzles such as wordsearches, fit word etc. Im not keen on crosswords as I am no good at them! Sudoku is ok but boring and a bit too challening when I play a game I like to relax and have fun not be getting all stressed! It has different settings where you can play mini puzzles timed puzzles etc. I only play wordsearch and fit word. Each puzzle has 3 different settings. the advanced one is the only one I play as I find the others too easy they are boring. if you get stuck you have three clues for each puzzle to help you. If you enjoy word searches, fit word, cross words or sudoku this game you will enjoy. I paid £20 for it although it is now half price. There is no end to the game so you cant "complete" it as such but after 5 months I feel I need a new game!
When playing you hold your DS sideways (like a book) the puzzle is on one side of the screen and the clues/answers on the other side.
This game contains four different games:
Crossword - basically just an ordinary crossword where you have to work out the answers to the clues and fill in the answers.
Fitword - which is a game where you get blank squares almost like a crossword layout and you have to fit words into the correct places.
Wordsearch - words run vertically, horizontally, and diagonally. You have to highlight the word with you stylus.
Sudoku - a number game where you have to fill in the numbers in the correct places of the grid. This is not as good as some other sudoku games for the DS.
You can play the games individually with varying degrees of difficulty or you can play a tournament where you play the games in the order it tells you and it gets harder as you progress. There is also the option to play against the clock. Also against a friend on the same DS which I thought was good. You can pass it back and forth each taking a turn.
It claims there are 2000 puzzles on this but having played for a while I seem to be getting the same wordsearchs and crosswords now. Whether this means I have played all of them I'm not sure but I don't think I have.
The only disadvantage I found was that the text is quite small and I sometimes found it hard to read.
Overall a good game, especially for short periods of time e.g. commuting on the train.
When I bought my Nintendo DS at Christmastime I bought it as a bundle which included the console and some games. One of the games I got was 'Puzzler Collection'. Puzzler Collection is basically a puzzle game consisting of four different puzzles to play; fitword, crossword, sudoku and wordsearch.
With the fitword puzzle you have an empty grid which looks like a crossword grid, and on the other side of the screen is a list of words. You have to select these words and correctly place them into the grid so that they all fit together nicely. If you get stuck you can click on hints to help you out, these are either to have a whole word to be inserted into the grid, two letters, or one letter.
The crossword puzzle is like a standard crossword, you have a grid on one side, and clues to fill in on the other side. You can also click on hints to help you out, and this will give you a letter to help answer the clue.
The sudoku puzzle is where you have to fill out numbers into a grid from 1 - 9 (I'm sure most people have heard of Sudoku!) There are also hints to help you out here which will automatically insert numbers into the grid.
And then the final puzzle is wordsearch, where you have a large box full of letters and a set of words which you have to find within the letters. Hints available here too, you can choose to find the start and end letter of a word, or just one of the letters in the word.
There are three levels of difficulty you can choose to play; beginner, intermediate or pro, and there are five different ways to play the puzzles:
puzzler tournament - 20 different random puzzles to complete (can be a combination of all four different puzzles)
quick blast - a daily puzzle challenge to fit into your routine. You can choose the amount of minutes you want to play the game for, and which puzzles you would like to play
simply puzzle - choose an individual puzzle to play
fast & fun - a series of mini puzzles you have to complete with a time limit and without making any mistakes
head-to-head - play the game with another person. I tried playing the game like this and it gets quite tedious since you have to pass the DS back and forth to each other after each clue you answer, which is about every 10 seconds.
To play the game you turn the DS so it is longways, like a book. On one of the screens you have the puzzle, and on the other side you have the clues for the puzzle. You also have to use the stylus (the small pencil type thing you get along with the DS) and you use it on the touch screen. Generally the puzzles are on one side of the screen and the clues are on the touch side of the screen, you then select a clue to answer using the stylus and then type in the answer by touching letters or numbers that are displayed on the screen. With the word search you drag the stylus over the letter grid to select letters to make up the word.
You can create a profile on the game so that you can save your progress and come back to a game if you leave it, which can be quite handy. You can have up to four profiles on the game, and edit and delete them as you wish.
The game claims to have 'thousands of puzzles' but I have noticed that a lot of the clues for the crosswords are re-used quite a lot and I can quite easily answer most of the crosswords due to this. Also since the DS is quite compact, I find the writing on the screen to be really small, which can make it quite hard to read sometimes.
This is a good game whilst travelling, however I can't play it for too long since the text is so small. I guess it has to be since they have to fit a whole puzzle on to a tiny screen, but my eyes do get sore after a little while of playing. Also it can get a little boring, I don't think there is enough variation in the games and the clues.
I don't think I would have gone out and bought this game had I not received it as part of the games bundle, but I do enjoy playing it and think its good for travelling, though that seems to be the only time I will play it as I prefer my games to be a little bit more exciting! If you do want to buy it, it is available from Game for £19.99 and Amazon for £9.99.
I bought this game because I liked the idea of having something to take my mind off my stressful life, and to play on my way to work. I was really dissappointed with this game, it was really, really dull! I wasn't expecting something very exciting, but I was expecting at least something challenging.
I was also dissappointed with the gameplay, it was quite hard to select some of the words in the wordsearch game and became very frustrating! The colours were dull, there were no animations which is visually not stimulating.
The beginner section and the advanced section seemed very similar, the only increase in difficulty being the suduko challenge. I found that very easy also, and I am not exactly a brainbox! I kept this game for two days and then I felt the need to sell it, even give it away. If you want something engaging and challenging, do not pick this game!
There is a wordsearch feature - which I found very hard to select the words, Suduko was so easy my 4 year old neice could do it, and crossword puzzle which seemed to repeat the questions all the time! I was dissappointed that on the Crossword feature if you get the question wrong, they don't tell you what the word was - which was really frustrating and left me puzzled (in a bad way!).
4 popular puzzles: wordsearch, crossword, fitword and sudoku.