Puzzle free Puzzler
-Art was top notch. everything looked and moved smoothly. Pleasure to look at.
-Tunneling a nice touch.
-Addition of medals makes game have some replay value.
-Music was great, but each song was dreadfully annoying by the time you finally got through to the next track.
-Bracket story was okay. Needed some updates through gameplay.
-Deaths don't really add much since you can just continue, but allows for medals/achievements
-Many stages break down to running. To get past many groups of Bubbas you either run past them, or set them off, duck out of the way THEN run past them. Leaves for unimaginitive puzzles
-The "Puzzle" parts are either rudimentary or over complicated. The rock pushing solutions are basic When you have the Piggies, at times, there are so many (along with the perspective) that the puzzle is pure guesswork.
-2d movement in 3d environment with little room for error. Made running stages and 1st boss level unneccessarily frustrating
In the end the game was okay. Mildly playable, but not to be considered a puzzle/challenge. Most of the puzzles come down to trial and error, guessing, or running. The first boss level was a complete digression from the concept of a puzzle game as the slightest mistake tends to leave you to be spider food.
The game seems to confuse frustration for challenging. Then the levels don't progress in any sort of degree of difficulty. There are some levels that it takes one try for the attentive gamer and other levels require many replays before even coming close to finishing. This point is were the lives aspect becomes equally usefull and frustrating. While you are given a large number of lives, there is little difference between dying, reseting, and continuing.
For me, this game sits unhappily on the fence. Playable, but not the puzzle it claims. I rarely have lasting interest in games that just frustrate me, but there is enough here that I actually want to finish it. The reason I bumped it to a six, is because i love the animation when the character tries to tunnel into rock.