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Bejeweled 3 Review

All Matchy-Matchy

Bejeweled 3 Screenshot

HIGH Scoring a dozen chained matches with one move brings forth big, silly, grins.

LOW The anxiety and dread elicited by the Ice Storm Mode are deadly.

WTF I have no idea how anyone could match six gems at once without the use of Lady Luck's hands.

Ivy the Kiwi? Second Opinion

Run Kiwi Run

Ivy the Kiwi? Screenshot

HIGH When you get going in a level.

LOW Fighting through the massive difficulty spike in the last third of the game.

WTF Why isn't the lovely storybook art part of the levels?

Plants vs. Zombies Review

More Sunlight!

Plants vs. Zombies Screenshot

HIGH Assembling an impenetrable double row of zombie-shredding Gatling Peas.

LOW Seeing a Balloon Zombie overhead and realizing I lack a countermeasure.

WTF Where did that final boss come from?

Plants vs. Zombies

Game Description: Get ready to soil your plants… with multiplayer action! A mob of fun-loving zombies is about to invade your home. Defend yourself with an arsenal of home-guardin’ plants to mulchify zombies before they reach your front door. Enjoy all the fun-dead action of the original hit game, plus lively new features. Get twice the zombie-zapping action with 2-player Versus and Co-op modes. Upgrade and decorate your house in the interactive leaderboard, and check out your friends’ houses, too. Plants vs. Zombies for XBLA is loaded with seven game modes, new rabble-rousing features, and unlimited replayable action… so the fun never dies!

Ivy the Kiwi? Review

Not Quite Cracking

Ivy the Kiwi? Screenshot

HIGH An extremely cute main character.

LOW The controls and central mechanic never come together.

WTF The colors make it difficult to see except under optimal conditions.

Ivy the Kiwi?

Game Description: Ivy the Kiwi? is an action/puzzle game created by Yuji Naka, creator of Sonic the Hedgehog, that stars a baby bird as she navigates through a series of 2-D side-view landscapes. Ivy runs back and forth independent of the player and can be guided by the use of vines, which are drawn and controlled using the DS stylus or Wii Remote. The player can use these vines to herd Ivy forward or lift her up stairs, carry her over walls and past spikes or other dangers. Multiple vines can be created at a time and they can be pulled and stretched like a slingshot to propel Ivy skyward to launch her as a projectile to drill through barriers and enemies as the player helps guide her home through 100 challenging stages.

 

Limbo Second Opinion

What you Don't Know Will Kill you... Twice

Limbo Screenshot

HIGH Every moment a spider is on the screen.

LOW A puzzle near the end that relies on a blind jump.

WTF The danger-free puzzles feel like they belong in another game.

Picross 3D Second Opinion

Block like a Man

Picross 3D Screenshot Picross 3D Screenshot

HIGH You gotta love the "click" that happens when dozens of minutes of frustration give way to a natural, logical conclusion.

LOW Please play me a different song on this next puzzle!

WTF My insurance provider doesn’t see Picross-related carpal tunnel syndrome as a viable reason for treatment.

Castlevania Puzzle: Encore of the Night rocks!

Castlevania Puzzle

Castlevania Puzzle: Encore of the Night rocks.

No, seriously, it does.

Limbo Review

Lost (and Found) in Shadows

Limbo Screenshot

HIGH Seeing the game in motion and realizing it's not a cutscene.

LOW The post-zipline area at the end is the game's only "cheap" puzzle.

WTF With that ending...

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