Puzzled Rabbit logoPixel Elephant is a small developer from Melbourne, Australia with plans of breaking into the gaming world with clever ideas and fun concepts.

There newest game, Puzzled Rabbit, is available now for iOS devices (Puzzled Rabbit HD for the iPad) and the Android.

Now, GameTaffy Reviews can show you if this is a steal of a deal or bargain-bin balogne.

The Presentation

Puzzled Rabbit begins with a simple tutorial. You are in the world of the Rabbit. In this world, there are Rabbits, Red Blocks, and Green Squares.

Beyond that, there’s no story, flashy animations, or other superfluous fluff.

Puzzled Rabbit tutorial

To make sure there are no spoilers, I left out the last line of the story!

The opening story is nothing more than a tutorial to teach players how to play. The game doesn’t need a twisted and convoluted narrative to be fun. It just is…fun.

The Graphics

The art style of the game features flat 2D geometric shapes making up the various pieces of the screen. The background is a woodwork graphic, and the rest of the stage consists of squares to make up the wall and Red blocks and triangles, circles and squares create the Rabbit.

In the menus, the same backgrounds are shown, and the only time players get a new background is during the tutorial and rewards screens, which feature a basic black.

Although repetitive, the style feels as simply beautiful as the gameplay.

The Gameplay

As the title suggests, the game is a puzzle game. The goal is simple: Move the Red Block into the Green Square.

Puzzled Rabbit gameplay

The first move is the most important.

The first three levels lure the player into a false sense of security as they breeze through the stages. However, it isn’t long before the game introduces multiple Red Blocks, narrow or twisty stages, and seemingly impossible tasks.

And with nearly 200 of these mind-bending puzzles, players will be forced to think outside the box to get the Red Block back into the box.

The game features two control schemes: Simple or Smart. In the Simple control setup, players control the Rabbit’s moves and navigate the stage one square at a time. In the Smart style (the game default), players tap the Red Block they want to move and click the are they want it. The Rabbit moves on its own and pushes the Red Block to the desired square. The Smart controls require commitment and precision, but once players are used to the controls, easier stages are completed in faster times.

Stages are scored by the number of moves and the time taken. These scores appear in online leader board.

Puzzled Rabbit screenshot

Beat the stage to get inspirational messages.

However, better than the online leader board, the game rewards players’ wise moves with wise thoughts from such scholars as Socrates or Charles Darwin. The little quotes are a nice way to finish a tricky stage, but some of them feel slightly out of place in a video game. For example, Darwin’s “A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life” may not be the best way to affirm a gamer who has spent a few minutes learning how to beat a stage.

The game is simple to learn, but the puzzles are not as simple to solve. However, there are a limited number of those puzzles, and they do not change from play to play.

The Sound

While playing, I got the impression that I was playing a Professor Layton game. Both games feature smooth piano music between the stages.

Puzzled Rabbit gameplay screenshot

Listen to the soothing music, relax, and solve that puzzle.

This style of music acts to relax and calm players. The only issue is that there is no music in the puzzles. This causes the small pieces of music to draw attention to itself. Some players will love it. Others will turn it off.

Other than the music, the game features nice brushing sounds for the movements of the Rabbit and the Red Blocks. It’s a nice sound to let the player know when a move has been made and counted towards the score.

Final Word

The visual and audio stylings of Puzzled Rabbit are repetitive and basic, but the gameplay features brilliantly designed puzzles to please and frustrate the players. For a dollar, this independent game offers plenty of value and should definitely be supported.

Score: 8/10


About Ben Davis

Ben writes for KWCR 88.1 Weber FM, Studio 76, the Signpost, and KSL.com and can be contacted on Twitter (@GameTaffyBen) or at Ben@GameTaffy.com!

Posted on December 6, 2011, in Game Reviews and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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