Review: Chuzzle Deluxe

At a Glance

This game is recommended!
This game is not just good fun, it also stays fairly true to Christian moral values, making it a great addition to anyone's library!

ESRB Rating: E - Everyone
My Rating: Everyone
Genre: Match 3
License: Commercial
Release Year: 2006
Review Published On: May 19th, 2021
Played on: Thaddeus & Giles

Available from:

Steam

Save System:

Each player has their own profile. Within these profiles, each game mode saves your progress when you quit or return to the menu. However, these saved games are temporary, and can only be resumed once.

To pause the game during play, open the menu by pressing ESC or clicking on the menu button in the lower left corner.

Summary of
Major Issues:

There's nothing to worry about here -- just a bunch of cute little fuzzballs popping when you match them.

Screenshots

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A chubby chuzzle blocks the way

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Racing against the clock

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Chuzzle puzzle solving



Game Overview

Chuzzle Deluxe is an adorable little Match 3, though there are a few differences from the standard design. Instead of matching tiles or gemstones, you're working with these cute fuzzballs called "Chuzzles". You also don't need to worry about aligning them to columns or rows, as any group of three or more Chuzzles with the same fur color will match, regardless of the shape their formation takes. When they form a group, they pop into pure magic that floats through the air and returns to the beaker on the left side of the screen. Once the beaker is full, it releases all of the collected Chuzzle energy is a shower of sparkles and the next level begins.

While being able to move entire columns and rows makes it easier to find a match than the usual mechanics found in these games, no game would be fun if there wasn't an obstacle or two to get in your way. The main obstacle here is the size of the gameplay area: it's only 6x6, which makes it easy to run out of possible moves. When this happens, you need to shuffle the game in order to continue. You have a limited number of shuffles, and thus there's a limit on how long you can play.

The two other obstacles interfere with your ability to move the Chuzzles around. Normally, you move an entire column or row, with the Chuzzles on the ends wrapping around to the other side of the playfield. But large Chuzzles, who are twice the size of their brethren, require you to shift both columns or rows that they occupy. They also can't fit under the sides of the playfield, limiting how far you can move them.

The final obstacle are locks. These randomly appear and grab a Chuzzle, anchoring it to that location. As long as it's locked down, you won't be able to move the column and row it's in. Locks can quickly make it impossible to make a useful move, so you need to get rid of them fast. All it takes to remove a lock is to include the trapped Chuzzle in a match, which is often easier said than done.

While that's basically all this game entails, it's still a fun little timewaster. If you enjoy simpler games like the first Bejeweled, then you'll probably like this one too.

Points of Interest

Four game modes
Similar to games like Bejeweled 3, there several ways to pop your Chuzzles. The original game is simply known as "Classic Chuzzle", with the other three modes changing up the formula a little. The Speed Chuzzle mode adds a timer, though this doesn't limit how long your game lasts. When the timer gets full, a new lock is added somewhere on the playfield and the timer simply resets. Matching Chuzzles also turns back the clock, so move quickly.

The other two modes are "Mind Bender" and "Zen" mode. The Mind Bender mode is a puzzle mode where you're trying to arrange the Chuzzles into a specific pattern. They don't match in this mode, so just focus on moving them around. The Zen mode is just a quiet, endless game without pressure, levels, or locks. Large chuzzles still appear however.
Earnable trophies
This game doesn't have support for Steam features like achievements or trading cards, but it does feature is own brand of achievements called "trophies". You'll earn these by popping lots of Chuzzles, completing various challenging tasks, and so on. These are linked to your in-game profile, so you can earn them over and over again.
That's about it
You can get a lot more gameplay out of $5 these days, so there might not be enough here to keep players entertained for very long.

Concerns and Issues

None.
This is an incredibly cute and simple game without any problems. The closest you could get to an issue would be the way you pop the Chuzzles, but it's pretty clear that these floofballs enjoy popping into stardust.