Review: Hazumi (3DS)

Hazumi is a game of action and puzzle-solving where you control a colored ball. Your goal in each level is to destroy all crystal blocks. You can only remove a block if it matches the color of the ball. Deadly traps and labyrinths will stand in your way, so use cunning and nimbleness to your advantage!

hazumi (5)

Pros:

  • Retro pixel style graphics.
  • Small file size.  (80 blocks)
  • Excellent bit tune soundtrack and sound effects.
  • really good 3D implementation.
  • Game play is loosely based off games like Alleyway and Klaxons.  You control a ball and must clear the blocks.  The ball is loose to control.
  • cheap price point.
  • 250 levels to unlock and play.
  • Reply levels at will.
  • Detailed level editor.
  • Levels have a 3 star completion rating.  Stars are awarded for time,  score etc.
  • Fastest time is displayed on each level on the level select screen.
  • Uses the D-Pad and/or analogue.
  • Quick restart button.
  • Many game mechanics introduced slowly.  Examples are spikes and coloured blocks where you have to change the ball colour to be able to smash them.
  • Pick up and play.
  • excellent arcade fun.
  • Byte sized levels.

hazumi (3)

Cons:

  • Difficulty spikes.
  • No online leaderboard.
  • Created levels cannot be shared and only played locally.
  • You don’t like playing with balls.

hazumi (1)

In Summary,  This is a nice little game.  It’s simple to play yet hard to master. It goes from a good pick up and play title and turns into a stress inducing puzzler you cannot help but replay time and time again.  It is worth a purchase and due to the small file size can sit on your 3DS for all time.  A few online components would of been a good thing but here’s hoping for a sequel. So grab your balls and go have some fun!

 

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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