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Puzzle Scape review

Unfamiliar name or not, you've probably played this PSP puzzle game before... and it wasn't bad

Pros

  • Chaining bricks
  • Price is fair
  • Puzzle League-type game on PSP

Cons

  • The copycat style
  • Brutal Architect challenges
  • Ad hoc multiplay only

Puzzle Scape won't win any awards for originality. Its techno-stylish looks and half of its gameplay are cut-and-pasted right from the PSP's original smash-hit block-stacking game, Lumines. And the other half of its gameplay comes from an even older falling brick brain-basher: Tetris Attack, which was most recently reborn asPlanet Puzzle Leaguefor the DS. Never played either one? Do that first 'cause they're both a little better, and when you tire of them, come back to this review.

Okay, here's the Puzzle Scape quick and dirty: you've got blocks falling from the sky, one big row at a time. The blocks are all the same shape: square, but they come in four different colors. They make a big pile at the bottom of the screen, where you can slide any individual block left or right as far as you'd like.

More Info

GenrePuzzle
DescriptionBasically a modification of Lumines, Puzzle Scape involves the usual blowing up of colored blocks, but it executes the concept well.
PlatformPSP
US censor ratingEveryone
Release date1 June 2007 (US), 1 June 2007 (UK)

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I was the founding Executive Editor/Editor in Chief here at GR, charged with making sure we published great stories every day without burning down the building or getting sued. Which isn't nearly as easy as you might imagine. I don't work for GR any longer, but I still come here - why wouldn't I? It's awesome. I'm a fairly average person who has nursed an above average love of video games since I first played Pong just over 30 years ago. I entered the games journalism world as a freelancer and have since been on staff at the magazines Next Generation and PSM before coming over to GamesRadar. Outside of gaming, I also love music (especially classic metal and hard rock), my lovely wife, my pet pig Bacon, Japanese monster movies, and my dented, now dearly departed '89 Ranger pickup truck. I pray sincerely. I cheer for the Bears, Bulls, and White Sox. And behind Tyler Nagata, I am probably the GR staffer least likely to get arrested... again.
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