Lucky's Puzzle Carnival is a game which desperately wants to be liked, and I wanted to like it... but with casual games getting better all the time, Lucky's is average at best.

The Puzzle Carnival features three puzzles: the classic memory match game, a game in which you add colours to balls to form rows which then pop, and a game in which you juggle rows and columns of symbols to restore order.

The games are fun enough, but they are fairly straightforward, without the usual modern contrivances of power-ups, unlocked animations, or a storyline linking them together. As you complete games in a series, you slowly reveal a circus poster as a reward. The "world tour" consists of posters of various cities.

You also struggle to beat your best time, and the "par" for each puzzle, which may be based on time or the number of moves you need to make to solve it.

Games news and reviews

Lucky's Puzzle Carnival is minimalistic in terms of sound and animation. There's a spirited background melody, and the occasional "Good job" speech, and that's about it. Animation is very limited. The interface, while clear, has just a hint of sluggishness to it, that small delay in responsiveness which is just enough to be noticed. (Lucky's seems to be written in Java, which explains this.)

The trial version has a limited number of levels; the full version unlocks them all. Lucky's Puzzle Carnival is a good game for younger children who may be confused and overwhelmed by the plethora of sights and sounds of other puzzle games; it might also be good for those who just want to solve puzzles and not bother with clingy unicorns.

PCWorld.com

Luckys Puzzle Carnival: Specs

  • Windows XP, Windows Vista
  • 1Ghz CPU
  • 512MB RAM
  • 32MB video memory
  • 4MB hard disk space
  • Windows XP, Windows Vista
  • 1Ghz CPU
  • 512MB RAM
  • 32MB video memory
  • 4MB hard disk space

OUR VERDICT

A decent casual game, other similar games offer more than Lucky's Puzzle Carnival. Visit PC Advisor Games for more than fifty great casual games downloads.

Find the best price