Official Nintendo Magazine

Log in to access exclusive Nintendo content, win prizes and post on our forums. Not a member yet? Join for free

Pullblox review

The best 3DS eShop game yet

Pullblox review Say the words 'block puzzler' and most people will immediately think of Tetris. Yet in Pullblox, Intelligent Systems has created a new style of block puzzler that deserves to do for 3DS what the Russian classic did for Game Boy.

 Loading video...

Pullblox is so simple, it's incredible that no one has ever done this before. At its most basic level, you have to push and pull blocks in order to form steps that will take you to the flag at the top of the puzzle. It's challenging and addictive, but that's not the reason why this is the best puzzle game since Picross.

Click to view larger image
After all, there are plenty of cheap, addictive and challenging puzzle games on mobile phones, but surely none with this much charm and character.

You see, there is a reason for reaching the flag at the top of those steps - these puzzles are called Pullblox and they're the main attraction for the children visiting Pullblox Park. Unfortunately, they've been trapped within these blocks and it's up to you, playing as Mallo, to rescue them.

Chip off the old Blox

The Pullblox may be the main attraction for the kids but for you the star of the show is Papa Blox. He's the owner of the park and although he's not the one who saves the kids, watching him try to pull a block is hilarious as he grunts and groans like a granddad attempting to open a jar of pickled onions. Then, in a moment sure to raise a knowing chuckle from anyone who makes a noise when they get up off the sofa, he tells you that he would help rescue the children, but he's put his back out.

The puzzles themselves are brilliantly designed and are perfect for the 3D capabilities of the system as you begin with a flat wall before pulling blocks outwards to form the steps. It's all very gentle to begin with as Papa Blox teaches you how to pull out the first block as far as it can go (three pulls) before jumping up and pulling the next level out twice which will enable you to shift the final block and rescue the kid.

From there it gets trickier, as you're faced with towers made up of different shaped blocks that must be pushed and pulled on numerous occasions. There are more than 200 puzzles and just when it's threatening to get a little repetitive, Papa Blox returns to shake things up with switches and manholes.

Then there are the murals - puzzles shaped like an orange, a pig and, yes, Mario's head. Although don't be fooled into thinking that Pullblox is littered with Nintendo references. The Mario head is the only puzzle based on a Nintendo character in the first 100 levels and, even then, it's not accompanied by Mario music (pretty much the only criticism we have).

Click to view larger image
Still, if you want puzzles based on your favourite Nintendo characters you can always create your own in the straightforward Pullblox Studio which, like WarioWare DIY, gives you the same tools as the developers to create your own levels with the stylus. Fans have already been making puzzles based on Mario, Link and more.

While WarioWare DIY and the recently released Freakyforms both featured brilliant creation tools, the emphasis was very much on making your own levels or characters. That's not the case here as there are plenty of puzzles to enjoy for those who aren't especially creative. Many of them are really challenging, too and you'll find yourself staring at blocks for a good while before you work out a solution in an incredibly satisfying eureka-moment.

£5.40 might seem like a lot for a downloadable 3DS game but we would have happily paid £20 for Pullblox.


18 comments so far...
Add a comment

  1. zaine02 Monday 12th Dec 2011 at 17:55

    im so addicted to this game.. its loads of fun and easy to play :) i think it shuld be given 99% it is very good but needs more levels

  2. linkfinity Monday 12th Dec 2011 at 17:56

    thank you onm.
    thats a Ł20 e-shop card added to the christmas list!

  3. Link16 Monday 12th Dec 2011 at 17:57

    have it. its amazing

  4. MD1500 Monday 12th Dec 2011 at 18:42

    And if you want Nintendo characters, the Japanese have already created some stunning levels. ... 168041.jpg ... 324263.jpg

  5. Mello Monday 12th Dec 2011 at 18:53

    Bought this without the aid of a review (based on who made it and the trailer on the eshop) and this is one of the best games on the system full stop imo. Very reasonably priced as they often charge twice as much for far inferior DSiWare games. it looks nice, is pretty intuitive, plays briliantly and unlike a lot of downloads on the eshop is perfectly priced.

  6. SammyDodger Monday 12th Dec 2011 at 18:57

    Sounds similar to Catherine. I hope there's a demo of this once Nintendo make demos available, I'm not normally one for puzzle games but this sounds intriguing.

  7. Captain Kuchiki Monday 12th Dec 2011 at 21:01

    It got the gold award, good - as promised, your cake shipments are safe.
    Seriously though, it's obvious I had nothing to do with the score. It is a fantastic game. If only I could figure out how to do 2-11 >>

  8. englishGAMER Monday 12th Dec 2011 at 21:40

    I have just downloaded Pullblox along with Super Mario Land 2. :)

  9. fisher2007 Monday 12th Dec 2011 at 21:53

    thank you onm.
    thats a Ł20 e-shop card added to the christmas list!

  10. pokemaster Tuesday 13th Dec 2011 at 10:03

    Addicted to this at the mo. :) Really fun and clever. Nice that you can create your own levels and share them. Haven't made one of great quality yet though.
    With this, Mario Kart 7, Super Mario:3D Land, and the updated Mii Plaza and 3D video, I never seem to be off my 3DS. :D

  11. Mario84 Tuesday 13th Dec 2011 at 12:18

    Best eShop game on the 3DS at the moment, if you love puzzlers - this is an essential purchase!!

  12. NintendOMG Tuesday 13th Dec 2011 at 20:57

    I cannot stop playing this game. One of the good things about this is that when you can't figure out the puzzle, it doesn't make you angry or annoyed, but almost softly encourages you to try harder. At least, that's how I feel.

  13. Super Andre Wednesday 14th Dec 2011 at 07:08

    Bought Pullblox yesterday and I think it's a nice game. lovely

  14. triforce-manc Thursday 15th Dec 2011 at 12:01

    This game has me hooked just like Picross 3D did...on which note, they must be making a version of that on the 3DS...right?!

  15. chojin Saturday 24th Dec 2011 at 15:38

    And if you want Nintendo characters, the Japanese have already created some stunning levels. ... 168041.jpg ... 324263.jpg

    Says I'm not advanced enough to download any of them :(

  16. Flyingleaf Monday 26th Dec 2011 at 17:31

    I am addicted to this! My boyfriend has had a go and my brother is intrigued too, what a fantastic game! The new Professor Layton I got for Christmas is still in its box because of this game!

  17. master sword Monday 27th Feb 2012 at 19:11

    And if you want Nintendo characters, the Japanese have already created some stunning levels. ... 168041.jpg ... 324263.jpg

    Says I'm not advanced enough to download any of them :(

    later on in the game you unlock the ability to make and play bigger puzzles, when you do you should be able to download them :)

  18. Booman Saturday 10th Mar 2012 at 16:32

    Pullblox sounds very exciting, because it looks very much like a platformer. Okay, its a puzzle, but you're walking a creature on the ground though. Not only that, but I'm also excited about the level creator mode. Note: This is the third game that has a level creator on the 3DS. The first is Cubic Ninja, The second is FreakyForms: Your Creations, Alive! and the fourth may be Flipper2: Flush the Goldfish.

Register or log in to commment
Add a comment
Nintendo Co., Ltd. is the owner of certain copyright which subsists and trade marks and other intellectual property rights in certain content, characters, artwork, logos, scripts and representations used in this publication. All rights are expressly recognised and they are used by Future Publishing Limited under licence © 2006 Nintendo Co., Ltd. All rights reserved. "Nintendo", "International Nintendo Licensed Product" "Nintendo DS", "Nintendo DS Lite", "Nintendo DSi", "Nintendo 3DS", "Nintendo DSi XL", "Nintendo 3DS XL", "Wii" and "Wii U" and the associated logos are the trademarks of Nintendo Co. Ltd. All rights reserved.