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This review is from: Take A Break's: Puzzle Master (Nintendo DS) (Video Game)
I often buy puzzle magazines, and have recently started playing the occasional DS game.
Overall the game was fun, easy to use and engaging. Even if you're new to DS games, there's clear on-screen instructions from the Puzzle Master character to help you get started.
The puzzles are of the standard I've come to expect from Take A Break, with the added bonuses that come with the digital format. For example, with Codebreaker you only need to fill in the letter once, and it will appear on the grid in every corresponding box. This can be quite a tedious task in the traditional magazine puzzle.
The game allows you to play in either Freestyle mode (no timer, just play the puzzles individually for fun or practice) or Puzzle Master mode, with varying levels of difficulty and a timer counting down. The puzzles solved in Puzzle Master mode go towards your next trophy, with the ultimate goal of the Puzzle Master crown.
The progression through the different levels, and the award of a trophy at each stage is rewarding and encourages you to return to the game.
My only criticism would be that there aren't enough hints available to use in Puzzle Master mode if you get stuck, but then I suppose that's part of the challenge.
If you love solving puzzles, even if you've not played any DS games before, I would recommend this as a great change from the magazines