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

Mixed or average reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
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  1. Feb 17, 2012
    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.
  2. Jan 30, 2012
    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.
  3. Apr 24, 2012
    It's still a good puzzle-platformer, although its concept isn't nearly as mind-blowing today as it was in 2007.
  4. Jan 20, 2012
    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.
  5. Jan 12, 2012
    It may tread more carefully around its psychiatric themes, but its puzzles still toy with minds as easily as they play with space.
  6. Jan 13, 2012
    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.
  7. Jan 24, 2012
    A funny and challenging puzzle-platform, similar to Super Paper Mario and Fez... with just some of the worst graphics ever seen on 3DS.
  8. Jan 28, 2012
    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.
  9. Jan 9, 2012
    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.
  10. Mar 24, 2012
    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.
  11. Jan 13, 2012
    Quotation forthcoming.
  12. Mar 20, 2012
    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.
  13. Jan 27, 2012
    A very rewarding puzzle game that might have benefited more from being a downloadable game rather than a retail one.
  14. Games Master UK
    Feb 15, 2012
    A great idea in theory but far too fiddly and unapproachable to be truly satisfying. [March 2012, p.97]
  15. Jan 11, 2012
    Impressively original, if still fairly abstruse, platform puzzler that challenges you to think as differently as it does.
  16. Feb 3, 2012
    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.
  17. Feb 7, 2012
    A fun, yet average puzzler. Only those with persistence to test the grey matter need apply.
  18. Jan 27, 2012
    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.
  19. Nintendo Power
    Jan 4, 2012
    Minor issues aside, Crush 3D should provide plenty of fun to anyone who wants a mental workout. [Jan/Feb 2012, p.86]
  20. CRUSH3D is packed with great ideas, but sadly they aren't executed that well.
  21. Jan 30, 2012
    Crush3D is a good remake, living a second life on 3DS by implementing the three-dimensional effect.
  22. Mar 12, 2012
    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.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Mar 25, 2012
    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
    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
    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 »