- Developer: Qubic Games
- Publisher: Qubic Games
- Release date: 11/10/2019
- Price: £3.59 / $3.99
- Review code provided by Qubic Games
Introducing – Puzzle Book – Nintendo Switch review
My daughter is a huge fan of Colouring Book from Qubic Games; and we’ve pumped countless hours into it, with it’s pick up and play approach. Essentially it adopts the old philosophy of Microsoft Paint – put a child in front of it, and they’ll learn the ropes in no time and show creative flair and expressionalism in boundless measure. As such, we were eager to check out another of their kid friendly interactive experiences, this time in the shape of Puzzle Book. Do all the pieces fall into place, or did we find ourselves backed into a corner, without a corner piece? Read on in the latest offering from the Nintendad Kid’s Corner.
A picture paints a thousand… pieces
In 1767 John Spilsbury dissected a map, making sure that all the pieces could be put back together, intentending for it to be used as an educational tool, to teach geography. Almost 200 years later, in 1966 Ralph Baer started experimenting with the idea of using the Television set for more than watching TV and within a few years had successfully created the Brown Box, the first prototype. The Brown Box was licensed to Magnavox and in 1972 the Magnavox Odyssey was released, the world’s first video game system. The rest as they say is history.
Backed into a corner
Puzzle Book is simplistic in it’s very makeup. You choose an image, from the varied options (of which share some synergy with the aforementioned Colouring Book) and choose how many pieces you want to play with. The options are: 6, 15, 28, 40, 56 or 60. The image then fades and pieces appear on the right hand side of the screen, ready to be dragged and dropped into their respective positions on the grid. Unfortunately, there is no option to rotate the pieces and as such, completing the puzzles is incredibly easy. Even my nearly three year old soon became fatigued by the simplicity of the task. By the same token, it taught her to find the corners first and then work out what edges corresponded with flat surfaces. I suppose in this respect, it was a great educational tool but the inability to augment the position of the pieces meant that there wasn’t much replay value once a puzzle had been completed.
Pieces of Eight
From an aesthetic perspective, Puzzle Book is pleasant enough, if not again, very basic in its execution. All of the puzzles are vibrant and pleasing and through a child’s eyes, offered enough charm, with the visual styles friendly and cartoonish. The audio track that accompanies the perpetual puzzling is pleasant enough but ultimately grinds away at you, much like elevator music. In short bursts it’s bearable, but after an hour of puzzles, it can grate at you.
Where are the torch and block puzzles?
Puzzle Book performs absolutely smoothly, which you would expect from such a basic package. Obviously it isn’t the kind of title that should push a console capable of competently running a masterpiece such as Breath of the Wild. That being said, load times were oddly lengthy which seemed unnecessary, and my daughter did occasionally grow inpatient waiting for a puzzle to load.
The final piece of the puzzle
Puzzle Book is a bare bones package that provides short bursts of entertainment for younger gamers. Pleasant seems to be the best way to describe what Qubic Games has put together. For the price, the package seems reasonable but don’t expect your little ones to become utterly enthralled by this digital puzzle book.
Unless you’re heading out in the car and want something to occupy the nippers, I’d honestly recommend using a real puzzle, as the interactive element provided is sadly lost on a video game iteration of Salisbury’s educational tool.
- Simple, clean UI
- Pick up and play
- Colourful and endearing
- Strangely long loading time
- Inexplicably unable to rotate piece
- Won’t keep you or your kids engaged for too long
Puzzle Book sadly doesn’t put all of the pieces in place for a standout experience, but it’s a solid introduction into the perplexing world of puzzles for younger children.