Super Puzzle Platformer Deluxe is a new, fast-paced, third person puzzle game from Andrew Morrish (Super Puzzle Platformer, The Heart Is Safe, Astar) and Adult Swim Games (Super House of Dead Ninjas, Amateur Surgeon).
By Tony Walter | May 31, 2013
Welcome to Ambivalist Recommends, a new regular feature. Ambivalist Recommends will be a place for me to showcase some of the smaller, cheaper, less time-consuming games that I feel deserve attention. This isn't to say that these games are any less significant than the larger games I cover, but rather that they are the type often overlooked by the general audience. This is a place for me to make an attempt at giving these titles the attention they deserve. As the title suggests, this feature is going to be more about me showing off a game than it will be about analysis. This doesn't mean a game is necessarily excluded from future analysis, or vise versa. Simply put, these are good, cheap or free games that I think you should play. The regularity of this feature depends on of a couple of things. First of all, how frequent I'm coming across the types of games that I feel should make the feature. Secondly, and more importantly, comes from you; give me feedback. If you play the game I recommend, comment and let me know what you think. If you have a suggestion of a game that you think would fit in this feature, let me know.
For the inaugural edition of Ambivalist Recommends, I've picked a game that has got its hooks in me in a way no other game has this year. In fact, as I write this I'm fighting the urge to load it up. Super Puzzle Platformer Deluxe is relatively simple in concept. It's a color-match puzzle game with dropping blocks. It has the basic risk-reward structure of trying to match as many similarly colored blocks together before cashing in. The twist here is that it's controlled like a side scrolling shooter.
|Each round begins slowly, but quickly the screen will fill with blocks and other dangers.|
|Blowing up sets of blocks earns these coins. Collecting the coins unlocks upgrades. Bigger combinations nets more coins.|
|My biggest complaint is that this game is only available to play on PC. I would love to take it with me on 3DS or another mobile device.|
Super Puzzle Platformer Deluxe also offers a split screen mode, and supports Steam Big Picture. While I'd prefer to just run the game from XBLA or PSN - and yes, I'd happily buy it a second time - the idea of a versus mode is pretty appealing, specifically split screen.
This is one of those rare games that I can actually admit I'm addicted to. It's very rare that a game hits the right pacing and delivers on the right incentives to really get me going back again and again. Even rarer, a game getting me to openly admit I would buy another copy if it meant I could play it on the go, or have easier access to the multiplayer mode. Super Puzzle Platformer Deluxe is cheap too, ringing in at just under eight dollars on Steam. I can't recommend the game enough, do yourself a favor and drop a few bucks for it.