• Publisher: Sega
  • Release Date: Mar 6, 2012
Metascore
71

Mixed or average reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. Jan 13, 2012
    83
    Excellent use of 3D combined with some genuinely tricky puzzles make for one of the best 3DS head-scratchers available. Just be prepared to get stuck.
  2. Jan 4, 2012
    82
    The successful mix of jump'n'run and puzzlegame combined with a switchable 2D to 3D presentation and the raising difficulty serves Danny a great CRUSH Comeback on the 3DS.
  3. Mar 28, 2012
    80
    Again, the difficulty curve is sharp at times and inconsistent, though for a discount release, this is a fun and quirky little experience. The story is amusing and deeper, albeit forgettable, than one might think. Easy to pick up, difficult yet engrossing, and a simple story worth the giggles?
  4. 80
    Crush Another Dimension 3D is a good adaptation for the Nintendo 3DS from the original 2007 release for the PSP. The 3D dimension gives you a particular focus and makes the experience even better.
  5. Jan 31, 2012
    80
    Everyone else who hasn't played Crush and is into puzzle games will no doubt enjoy Crush3D. As puzzle games go this one has an exceptional game mechanic that's driven with great level design and enough challenge to make your brain hurt. Marvellous!
  6. Jan 24, 2012
    80
    A unique, refreshing puzzle game that should ideally be consumed in small doses to avoid overdosing, as the game can become a bit tedious if played excessively. The puzzle designs go from easy to fiendish at a good pace, so as to never quite overwhelm and constantly challenge expectations.
  7. Jan 21, 2012
    80
    It ain't pretty, but, by gosh, is it clever. Crush 3D's use of perspective is rare and intelligent, providing ages of synapse-teasing, neuron-firing fun.
  8. Feb 15, 2012
    78
    In the end, Crush 3D is probably the best puzzle game on the Nintendo 3DS that creates an interesting 2D platformer but with the 3D capabilities of the console. Confusing... a little but does it work? It sure does! With a plethora of interesting and challenging levels plus some wonderful designed gaming environments, although at times a little bland, Crush 3D is an addictive puzzle experience that plays very well on the 3DS, especially with its control system.
  9. Mar 29, 2012
    75
    If you're coming from the PSP version, you've already seen everything here, and the best thing you can do is hope that this sells well enough to warrant a well-deserved sequel.
  10. Jan 11, 2012
    75
    Intelligent gameplay that takes advantage of the 3D effect. Crush3D is a great idea that has come to a console that seems designed for this game. It is repetitive and not very artistic, but fun and interesting for fans of puzzle games.
  11. Feb 3, 2012
    74
    Crush 3D is a solid Puzzle/Platformer which lacks the ingenuity of the masterpieces of the genre. It favors trial and error against pure smartness, and it requires a lot of patience; but it knows how to repay the most dedicated players.
  12. Feb 17, 2012
    70
    Crush 3D is a fun, but tough puzzler that requires the player to think in convoluted ways to find the solution. Whilst it's not necessarily ground-breaking in visuals or sound, it has more than enough challenge to keep even hardened puzzlers going.
  13. Jan 30, 2012
    70
    Crush3D is a good remake, living a second life on 3DS by implementing the three-dimensional effect.
  14. Jan 30, 2012
    70
    Despite its issues, Crush 3D offers a slickly presented, quirky and idiosyncratic experience that delivers spatial puzzles that will definitely stretch your grey matter. Unfortunately, it can also test your patience as much as your lateral thinking, a factor that isn't helped by an annoyingly up-beat soundtrack. So, while Crush 3D's mechanics are wonderfully illusionary, its biggest trick may be in hiding such an exacting and demanding puzzler underneath the breezy, happy-go-lucky presentation.
  15. Jan 28, 2012
    70
    Crush3D is a great puzzle game. Difficult and characterized by an excellent level design, it cannot be considered a masterpiece of the genre due to reduced longevity.
  16. Jan 27, 2012
    70
    A very rewarding puzzle game that might have benefited more from being a downloadable game rather than a retail one.
  17. Jan 27, 2012
    70
    CRUSH3D is enjoyable, challenging and unique among the 3DS's current library. Its central idea never quite ignites into genius-level design and it sometimes descends into trial and error, but it's worth a look for puzzle fans.
  18. Jan 24, 2012
    70
    A funny and challenging puzzle-platform, similar to Super Paper Mario and Fez... with just some of the worst graphics ever seen on 3DS.
  19. Jan 13, 2012
    70
    A game that's ingenious but ultimately a little tedious, this puzzle oddity is a brain-teaser that will boggle your mind at least as long as your patience lasts.
  20. CRUSH3D is packed with great ideas, but sadly they aren't executed that well.
  21. Jan 12, 2012
    70
    It may tread more carefully around its psychiatric themes, but its puzzles still toy with minds as easily as they play with space.
  22. Jan 11, 2012
    70
    Impressively original, if still fairly abstruse, platform puzzler that challenges you to think as differently as it does.
  23. Jan 4, 2012
    70
    Minor issues aside, Crush 3D should provide plenty of fun to anyone who wants a mental workout. [Jan/Feb 2012, p.86]
  24. Feb 15, 2012
    68
    A great idea in theory but far too fiddly and unapproachable to be truly satisfying. [March 2012, p.97]
  25. Mar 24, 2012
    65
    It's disappointing to see a title with so much potential fail to deliver on almost all fronts. While Crush3D has plenty of good ideas, and has a great concept on paper, it simply doesn't offer a very compelling experience.
  26. Apr 24, 2012
    60
    It's still a good puzzle-platformer, although its concept isn't nearly as mind-blowing today as it was in 2007.
  27. Mar 20, 2012
    60
    The idea of changing from 2D to 3D environments at any time is great, but overall Crush 3D suffers from quite a high difficulty and repetitive puzzles. Nevertheless, it's something unique that it does worth a look.
  28. Feb 7, 2012
    60
    A fun, yet average puzzler. Only those with persistence to test the grey matter need apply.
  29. Jan 20, 2012
    60
    Despite the five-year gap between releases, Crush 3D takes a few steps backwards in terms of visual style and presentation. Other than a rather limited and lacklustre selection of new levels and StreetPass features, it also offers very little in the way of brand new bonus content, making it difficult to recommend to anybody familiar with its PSP counterpart. Despite its shortcomings, however, Crush 3D gets it right where it counts.
  30. Jan 9, 2012
    60
    CRUSH3D is not only characters that look like the ones of my german schoolbooks, it's also a very good way to relive those horribly solitary moments, standing in front of the blackboard, trying to solve some math problem in front of everybody. It's so difficult that you may get a headache from playing it, trying to use the perspective, and to play with the size of 2D and 3D elements in order to progress in the subconscious of the hero. It's smart level design, no doubt, but the overall art direction isn't really strong, and the difficulty may seem too much too soon. Those who will stick around despite those shortcomings will find true bliss in torturing their brains in order to wrap them up around it.
  31. Mar 12, 2012
    58
    Crush 3D has intriguing game mechanics and concepts, but the execution of the entire package makes the game feel like more of an overextended tutorial than a complete game.
  32. Jan 13, 2012
    50
    Quotation forthcoming.
User Score
7.3

Mixed or average reviews- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Mar 25, 2012
    7
    Those who played CRUSH back when it was released for the PSP in 2007, know how unique and challenging it is. Fast forward to 2012 and we get aThose who played CRUSH back when it was released for the PSP in 2007, know how unique and challenging it is. Fast forward to 2012 and we get a 3DS upgrade. But whilst CRUSH was (and still is) a good platformer that's quite intriguing, the 3DS version doesn't complement its status as a remake too well. There is still a heavy lack of content to be found outside the single player game. You may think that the 97 collectible robes may warrant a good deal of your time, but it's just window dressing. In fact that sums up the whole game a bit too well. Whether its the 3D effect, which is cohesive but nothing mind blowing, or the asides including trophies, memories and the aforementioned robes- CRUSH 3D still feels like a lazy remake. The graphical sheen isn't as sharp with cutscenes that have garish overlays that don't present the original's sparkling colour. But to newcomers, this platformer is a treat with mind bending puzzles and potent 2D/3D platforming which is short but ever so sweet. Full Review »
  2. Mar 19, 2012
    9
    I am surprised at the Metacritic average. As someone who adored Pushmo (best game on the 3DS?) I found Crush3D a natural extension. ItsI am surprised at the Metacritic average. As someone who adored Pushmo (best game on the 3DS?) I found Crush3D a natural extension. Its mechanic is brilliant and the gameplay is both tight and challenging. If it was an indie game it would be getting RAVE reviews.

    Visually it doesn't stand out (which is likely THE reason for the lower Metacritic score). Notably the 3D is put to good use with the spatial puzzles, but nothing else is overly impressive visually. However, where it really counts, gameplay, Crush 3D shines! If you enjoy platforming with some good challenging puzzles thrown in I *HIGHLY* recommend the game. It provides the kind of depth of gameplay that simply cannot be done anywhere other than a dedicated handheld gaming system.

    Wonderful concept for a game that is both "different" and enjoyable!
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  3. Mar 10, 2012
    10
    A game I missed on the PSP ported over, but feels like it was meant for the 3DS. The gameplay is fantastic, mostly puzzle solving, with aA game I missed on the PSP ported over, but feels like it was meant for the 3DS. The gameplay is fantastic, mostly puzzle solving, with a little platforming thrown in. The story is quirky and entertaining, the visuals decent. The 3D adds only a nice touch, nothing more. I'd recommend this game to anyone wanting a fun puzzle adventure. Full Review »