Excerpt: There are days that I really love my job at Family Friendly Gaming (FFG). Playing through Puzzle Guzzle on the Playstation Portable (PSP) is one such day. Agetec has been a quirky publisher with some fun little games in their history. Admittedly those of us at FFG have not like all of their games, but each game is a fresh slate for each developer/publisher. This PSP video game has the player rotating tiles to create shapes. Once shapes are created the blocks vanish.
Excerpt: Puzzle Guzzle definitely drinks some other games' milk shakes. Blocks fall from the top of the screen, you organize them into clusters to make them go away, and when they do, they'll cue other, nastier blocks to fall on your opponent's rising wall. And yet, Puzzle Guzzle is definitely a game you haven't played before.
Pros: Unique block-clearing mechanic, A few interesting strategic elements, Wacky character customization, Eight people can play using one UMD
Cons: Ubiquitous "stuff keeps falling" puzzle model, A generally lackluster production, Stuffit mode loses its luster pretty fast
Excerpt: They say that 8 out of 10 upstart restaurants are doomed to failure before ever getting off the ground. The same seems to hold true for the puzzle genre, where new concepts are always a hard sell to the gaming community. Puzzle games have to strike balances between simplicity and complexity, innovation and familiarity, freedom and strictly-defined rulesets, etc., all while remaining captivating and enjoyable to play.
Excerpt: Name: Puzzle Guzzle Genre: Puzzle Platform: PSP Puzzle Guzzle is a game that puts all of its cards on the table as soon as you pick it up. Not unlike Tetris , there are a few different game modes to play in the single player section and the main mode of the game features falling blocks. Players work to destroy the blocks so that the game can continue forever.