Exclude the 3D Classics and Pyramids is the second 3DSWare title out for the 3DS (after Let’s Golf 3D). While not spectacular, this Solomon’s Key clone is pretty good and might be worth the pick up for 3DS owners compared to what’s on the eShop shelf this early in it’s lifetime.
The core gameplay concept of the game is based on the classic; Solomon’s Key. You are an explorer with the ability to both destroy and create blocks. Using that ability, you must find your way through a set of mazes. In these mazes, you must first find the Ankh icon which unlocks the level’s exit door and then, naturally, get to that door without dying to complete the level.
While the game’s concept is not new, the game certainly does a good job making it entertaining and difficult. Being somewhat difficult, the game manages to keep the gamer’s interest. However, just completing the level is not the only thing that’s difficult. At the end of a stage, the player is awarded stars. There is a maximum of three stars in each level. The player gets one star for just getting to the exit door without dying. To unlock the other worlds (Worlds 2 through 6), you must collect a certain number of stars. So to make unlock these worlds, you’ll need to collect more than just the one for completion in each world. The game awards a second star for collecting all the treasure in a single stage. Then the third star is awarded for for collecting all the treasure and completing the stage in a set amount of time, and this set amount isn’t a very lenient limit, leaving very little room for mistakes. I found the game extremely fun for it’s tough challenges.
Apart from the tough challenges, the game doesn’t excel with any visuals or audio . Nothing special from either category. The game doesn’t include a custom level creator either. However, one thing that I’ll give the developers points for, the Level QR Code scanner. You can consider it a method of getting free Downloadable Content. You can use the scanner to scan Level QR Codes to add additional stages to the game. If the developers keep churning out additional levels on a regular basis for months and maybe even years to come, Pyramids may keep you busy for a long while. Level QR Codes seem like they will be published regularly on their Facebook page right now.
Pyramids doesn’t bring anything new that will amaze gamers nor is it an original concept, however, it’s high difficulty will be found to be entertaining for fans of the puzzler genre and it’s level QR scanner makes it seem worthwhile for the asking price.