|System: DS||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: MacPlay||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Mumbo-Jumbo Release: Oct. 30||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Players: 1-4||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|Review by Joseph Catalanotto||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
Quest mode has a few other little add-ons, but none of them are particularly memorable. For example, there's a casino in every world where you can bet coins and play a new game, usually in an attempt to gain more coins or items. At this point in the game, you get the feeling that the developers were kind of groping; it seems like they were just looking for stuff to add to try to make Super Collapse! 3 more fun and more exciting. They really shouldn't have bothered, because the game is fun enough as it is.
Other modes include free play, which, while fun, just isn't quite as engaging as quest mode. In this mode, you're really just playing through a number of different puzzles of increasing difficulty level. This may appeal to any hardcore puzzle fans out there, but most players will find it too boring -- and eventually too difficult -- to really be at all worth their time.
While I'm on that subject, it would be a good idea to mention the difficulty level of Super Collapse! 3. Like most puzzle games, the learning curve is nice and smooth -- even if you're brand new to puzzle games as a genre, you'll have a fine time learning the ropes of this title. However, as the puzzles progress, strategy becomes more and more an issue. It'll become far too difficult to play for sixty lines (the game lengths are determined by the number of lines that are produced), so you'll have to figure out a quicker way, a shortcut if you will, to beat the level.
The gameplay value of Super Collapse! 3 is also very typical of any puzzle game; that is, it's fantastic. If you enjoy the driving concept behind the game, then you're ensured many hours with this title. It's simple yet difficult, very fun and addicting to play, and there are enough modes to ensure that you won't grow tired of it too quickly.
There's also a multiplayer offering, though it's nothing that fantastic. Some DS puzzle games, such as Meteos or Tetris, seem almost custom-built for wireless multiplayer. However, in a game like Super Collapse! 3, it's really more like you're trying to solve the puzzle rather than trying to put the computer opponent out of commission. Because of that, the multiplayer mode in Super Collapse! 3 just isn't that fun. The lack of single-card download play is a huge letdown though. It's not at all that it was botched; it's just that this game doesn't seem to be well-suited for multiplayer gaming.
Overall, Super Collapse! 3 is a surprisingly solid puzzle title for the Nintendo DS. It's addictive and fun, and easy enough for anybody to get into and have fun. The difficulty ramps up, but that's a good thing -- some of the later puzzles are really tough, but all the more rewarding once you beat them. While it's not the most groundbreaking game on the market, it's still a good choice for anybody who's yearning for some classic puzzle fun.
CCC Freelance Writer