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Shifting World takes the whole world switching mechanic and breathes fresh air into it, presenting players with some amazing brain-teasing stages. Smart level design, a stylish art style, and plenty of different modes to work through make this puzzle platform title one of the best 'under the radar' Nintendo 3DS games of 2012.
Despite the frustration caused by these problems, I really enjoyed this game. I’ll continue to play it, because even though I know at least a couple times an hour I’m going to want to throw my 3DS through the nearest wall, when that’s not happening Shifting World is a great little puzzle platformer with a lot of interesting wrinkles.
Shifting World is certainly an interesting game--it's based on a solid concept and offers up some very clever puzzles. It has all the earmarks of a classic puzzler that keeps you coming back for more. That's what makes it so frustrating: it's clear there's a good game under the surface, but it's lying at the bottom of a deep pool of frustrating, ill-conceived design decisions. It certainly looks appealing from above, but most players aren't going to struggle with holding their breath long enough to get to the prize underneath.
Shifting World certainly contains the germ of a great idea but it execution leaves a lot to be desired. Uninspired level design, a useless map, poor responsiveness and inexplicable slowdown all come together to make Shifting World feel like an unfinished beta version released at retail. Shifting World had potential, but in its current state, you're not missing much by passing on it.