Mixed or average reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
Buy On
  1. 78
    The games certainly stand on their own, and for a good price. Just don't expect any huge production and you'll be satisfied.
  2. Despite the bare presentation, this cartridge is a must-have for fans of puzzle games.
  3. Game Informer
    They're both classic and well-done puzzle titles, ripe with hours of increasingly difficult strategy to master. [Jan 2006, p.157]
  4. 70
    It's easy to recommend this package, as it offers up a pair of games that are not only still relevant, but plenty of fun to boot.
  5. As a package it's excellent to have two timeless games to dip back into whenever you feel like it, but there's still the niggling feeling that Nintendo's pricing strategy for such things is bordering on insane.
  6. 70
    In Puzzle League, players are tasked to match three pieces of the same color to eliminate them before the screen fill up--simple and entertaining.
  7. 75
    For twenty bucks (and the cost of a link cable, if you don't have yours anymore), it's hard to find a more addictive puzzler [than "Puzzle League."] It's light on the superficial extras, but the basic can't-stop gameplay is completely intact, which is what really counts.
  8. Excluding some of Dr. Mario's image-size issues, it's really hard to complain about these games. They're basically the same as they have always been, minus the aesthetics.
  9. Nintendo Power
    What these games lack in style and innovation they make up for in challenge and fun. [Jan 2006, p.114]
  10. 60
    A very solid release for the GBA and quite the stocking stuffer if all you have is the basic Nintendo handheld, but next time we get a release such as this, let's touch it up a little bit more.
  11. While the core gameplay here is considerable, and is head and shoulders above most other imitative offerings from other developers, it is still exceedingly bare-bones.
  12. The addition of playing the games from different viewpoints just add some variety and welcome change for newcomers and veterans of these two games, and they're sure to keep players stressful while coming back for more.
  13. Whereas Dr. Mario is a bit more simplistic and easy to jump in and out of for quick portable sessions, the slightly deeper Puzzle League overshadows Dr. Mario's lasting appeal with its greater variety of game modes, play options and presentation elements.
  14. I'd give these games a higher score if they were even more economically priced -- honestly, you can find the same quality of gameplay by downloading "Bejeweled" onto your cell phone for $7 -- but they're still worth a shot if puzzles are your thing.

Awards & Rankings

#28 Most Discussed Game Boy Advance Game of 2005
#20 Most Shared Game Boy Advance Game of 2005
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. NajinJ.
    Mar 8, 2006
    two brilliant puzzle games i grew up with. can't go wrong with this one.
  2. TonyG.
    Dec 5, 2005
    2 games!?!?!? that's all??? nintendo your better than that! and $30 bucks!! ?? !! what the ... ?? maybe $14.99 whould have been more 2 games!?!?!? that's all??? nintendo your better than that! and $30 bucks!! ?? !! what the ... ?? maybe $14.99 whould have been more acceptable for a pretty much dead system. and who actually plays dr. mario?? game is boring. I only got it for the puzzle league. and if your only buying this for puzzle league, wait for the price drop! I have to admit puzzle league is awsome and has alot of gaming options. worth maybe 20 bucks. next time nintendo, if your gonna sell it for 30 dollars, atleast include some more games. paying 30 kinda feels like your getting ripped off. feels empty. i know you can fit like 30 or more 16 bit games on 1 gba cart. don't milk your loyal fans. take care of us, we take care of you. Full Review »