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  • Summary: Unique to its genre, Crush introduces a valuable new puzzle gaming experience that is wholly suited to the PSP system. Set within a complex, hypnotic 3D world, players use the game's unique crush mechanic to "crush" the environment and transform it into a more simplified 2D platformer. Once flattened, players utilize the 2D space to move to new areas to solve otherwise impossible challenges, and unlock secret items that were previously unobtainable in the 3D environment. Players then "uncrush" the 2D environment and return to the 3D world. Designed for a wide and varied audience, Crush tells the story of Dan, a man with a lifetime of unresolved issues and bottled up emotions that has turned him into a nervous insomniac who is too tired to turn his life around. Desperate for a cure, he turns to hypnosis. It is during this state that he is given one last chance to sort through the wreckage of his past, before he loses the last thing he has – his sanity. [Sega] Expand
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  1. Positive: 34 out of 41
  2. Negative: 0 out of 41
  1. 100
    Certainly a real gem for puzzle fanatics, and anyone looking for something really new and really unique for their PSP has gotten themselves a real head turner.
  2. Crush delivers in every sense of the word: originality, playability, and visuals--it's easily among the prettiest puzzle games I've ever seen--and will keep your PSP off the charger for many a sleepless night. [June 2007, p.82]
  3. 89
    You know you've found a great puzzler when even the earliest levels in the game leave you feeling completely rewarded. Crush accomplishes this feat thanks to its 40 superbly-designed mazes, fantastic art style, and terrific original concept.
  4. 85
    Crush does a great job of turning buzzwords into true and terrific gameplay.
  5. There's a genuine sense of achievement and enjoyment when a seemingly impossible level suddenly clicks (or crushes) into place, and the confident way the game uses its central conceit as more than just a gimmick is undeniably reassuring and appealing.
  6. And the final word must go to that pesky puzzle hook that just won't let your stubborn brain accept defeat.
  7. 60
    This, then, is a game to experience. It’s a game to point to, and champion, as an innovator in what it presents to players. It’s one of the most novel games ever made. In bite-sized portions, it really should be played.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
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  1. AnonymOus
    Jul 27, 2007
    Best puzzle game ever played! And god knows i have played ALOT of game in my life but this one is just fantastic! Enough said!
  2. PeteS.
    Jun 4, 2007
    Inventive, mind-bending topography make you wonder how the designers worked out the level design! Really nicely put together - just difficult enough to make the moment when you solve a puzzle give you a warm, fuzzy feeling. Expand
  3. [Anonymous]
    Jun 18, 2007
    Easily the best PSP game I've played in a long time. Very challenging, and most importantly, fun. Aimed precisely at the handheld crowd (not a dumbed down port), with levels that are (amazingly) exactly as long as your interest in finishing them. Well done, must buy. Expand
  4. ToddS.
    Dec 13, 2008
    It's a good game, I'm not arguing against that. Though, the pros and cons of the game makes it a mixed bag. I enjoyed the unique genius puzzle gameplay engine, but I didn't find that too rewarding. The only reward for your hard work is an art gallery. Though, it's fairly lengthly, the only replay value it has is repeating missions. Expand