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Metareview: Planet Puzzle League

Planet Puzzle League has been known by many names over the years, but we really only need one word to describe it, and that word is awesome. It's not just us, either; the reviews have been pretty positive so far. The puzzler has even edged out Ouendan 2 score-wise, by a single point. That's quite a feat! Here's what the reviewers have had to say:

Nintendo Power: 85% - "Holding the DS like a book and pushing blocks with the stylus makes for an intuitive and fast-paced experience ... Planet Puzzle League lives up to the rich tradition of its heritage, and puzzle fans would be remiss to ignore it." (Issue 217, p. 97)

Game Informer: 85% - "Sure, it's not terribly original, but I'm not complaining about another chance to play one of the all-time greats – especially when this new DS version has been created with such care. The touch-screen functionality (which allows you to slide blocks with the stylus) fits perfectly, and Wi-Fi play means that you can take your skills online."

IGN: 90%
- "... the core gameplay is identical in the Nintendo DS, but the biggest change is its control: instead of using a D-pad to control a reticule in the stack of tiles, now it's a simple matter of tapping and dragging the tiles left or right. While it changes the overall feel of the original Panel de Pon by increasing the pace of the game, that's the only thing that it changes. The puzzle game still has that same enormous amount of strategy -- much of the skill comes from shifting tiles around in a way that'll trigger the stack to fall multiple times for huge amounts of points, a technique that's absolutely important in Vs. play. But now it can be done a lot more quickly and intuitively with the stylus."

Games Radar: 90%
- "It's not as inventive or charming as last year's Tetris DS, but that game's overwhelming Nintendo aura could easily have turned a lot of people away. Planet Puzzle League opts for a very clean, uncluttered approach that simultaneously makes it seem generic and intensely stylized. The ability to share this joy with people around you and then play them from anywhere in the world serves to make this one of the better buys you can make for the DS."

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1. If I already own Zoo Keeper, is there any reason to buy this game?

Posted at 5:07PM on Jun 6th 2007 by Baba Jallow

2. @Baba Jallow - Worldwide online multiplayer and in-game voice chat? Birthday Battle?

Posted at 7:49PM on Jun 6th 2007 by MisterInvisible

3. My only problem is that they either changed the requirements or locked away Lip's stage making it only accessable via cheating devices. D=

Posted at 8:11PM on Jun 6th 2007 by MoeWong

4. Even if the reviews weren't nearly as high, I probably would've gotten this (Tetris Attack being one of my all-time faves). It's very encouraging that they are, though :D

Posted at 10:00AM on Jun 7th 2007 by Reeve

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