Generally favorable reviews - based on 25 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
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  1. 100
    The gameplay is a snap to pick up, but the player is rewarded for delving deeper into the combo system. Sure, there are those who will say that the original Tetris is the best puzzle game of all time, but if there was ever a game that could top it, it's this one.
  2. 100
    Don't miss out on Planet Puzzle League for the DS. Its presentation may not suit everyone but it's really going to be hard arguing against buying a game because it's just not fashionable.
  3. The new touch-controls alone make Planet Puzzle League far superior to its predecessors. A wealth of single and multiplayer options simply push it over the top.
  4. With a variety of modes, great stylus control and online play, Intelligent Systems has come up with a puzzle game that's hard to beat.
  5. The multitude of options available for single and multiplayer modes is outstanding and the game is just plain fun to play.
  6. 90
    Intelligent Systems really went to town in this Nintendo DS version -- it's an excellent retooling of a very addictive puzzle game. You'll be hardpressed to find a larger list of features in any handheld puzzle game.
  7. The ability to share this joy with people around you and then play them from anywhere in the world serves to make this one of the better buys you can make for the DS.
  8. 90
    While the fundamental game design is largely similar to the past 15 years of Puzzle League titles, the wealth of DS-specific features introduced here keeps it feeling fresh. It is, in short, a classic puzzle game done right.
  9. The gameplay works great, although gamers will be more comfortable with the traditional control scheme rather than using the stylus. Everyone needs to join this League.
  10. Fans of the original Panel de Pon may be put off by the adult-oriented presentation and lack of a story, but the sheer amount of options make up for it.
  11. While Tetris DS may have Planet Puzzle League beat in terms of presentation and in the number of players that can play it, the core gameplay in this game is, in this reviewer’s opinion, the pinnacle of puzzle gaming.
  12. A game that any puzzle fan will thoroughly enjoy.
  13. Nintendo Power
    Overall, however, Planet Puzzle League lives up to the rich tradition of its heritage, and puzzle fans would be remiss to ignore it. [July 2007, p.97]
  14. One of the best games of its type on the DS. Though I personally prefer the direction that Puzzle Quest offers, Planet Puzzle League holds its own by offering so many ways to play and all presented in a style that would make Q Entertainment proud.
  15. 85
    For a puzzle fiend, this is a no-brainer. With a well balanced difficulty throughout, and real honest to goodness online battles, this is one league you can afford to be a part of.
  16. Official Nintendo Magazine UK
    It really makes you think and that, surely, is the point of a puzzle game. [Oct 2007, p.96]
  17. Games Master UK
    A solid and compulsive puzzle game that's hard to fault. [Sept 2007, p.83]
  18. The touch-screen functionality (which allows you to slide blocks with the stylus) fits perfectly, and Wi-Fi play means that you can take your skills online.
  19. Execution is near-flawless throughout, and while the presentation's a bit on the garish side (and seemingly influenced by Q Entertainment's Meteos, which is a sort of hyperactive sideways space-based Panel de Pon anyway), you can stick to the graphical layout you like best by tweaking options pre-game.
  20. Edge Magazine
    Offering the quiet contemplation of a puzzle mode, the soothing time-wasting of a marathon session, or the frenetic rivalry of multiplayer: this has it all. [July 2007, p.95]
  21. games(TM)
    It lacks the sheer personality of Puzzle Quest or the exciting dynamism of Meteos, but it’s every bit as hypnotic. [Aug 2007, p.110]
  22. Puzzle League is an exceptionally good puzzle game. It’s easy to play, but is significantly challenging to master.
  23. 80
    Attack veterans likely already have it -- newer puzzle fans should give it a look for another addictive twist on moving stacks of blocks around.
  24. Planet Puzzle League offers a puzzle game experience that is familiar, flawed, and fun, all at once.
  25. Aside from its online gameplay, Planet Puzzle League has little new to offer over more engaging rivals.

Awards & Rankings

#46 Most Discussed DS Game of 2007
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 19 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 19
  2. Negative: 2 out of 19
  1. Jun 7, 2019
    Both easier and more competitive than tetris. Fun mainly because of the garbage you send your opponent. This game is played for multiplayer.
  2. Jul 3, 2011
    What gives this lower score than the actual puzzle game really deserves is the lack of depth and originality. The only add-on compared to theWhat gives this lower score than the actual puzzle game really deserves is the lack of depth and originality. The only add-on compared to the other Puzzle League games are items (which, of course, ruins the game in my opinion). Still a good game to bring on the road. Full Review »
  3. Nick
    Dec 8, 2009
    Best game Tetris like puzzle game since Tetris! Ken, you're right its very repetitive, but so is Tetris and I still play that all the Best game Tetris like puzzle game since Tetris! Ken, you're right its very repetitive, but so is Tetris and I still play that all the time. This game ROCKS!!! (I absolutely love the sound effects and music of Tetris Attack on SNES though) Full Review »