Loose Threads: Is handheld gaming addicted to puzzlers?

Pocket Gamer writes:

"Much as we've tried to construct one, there's just no robust argument for the cognitive benefits of playing titles like God of War: Chains of Olympus or Metroid Prime: Hunters.

The same is not true of puzzle games, which through encouraging problem solving and lateral thinking can really give the old noggin a bit of a run around the park.

While we're not against games that foster mental exercise, if the indicator of a dextrous mind is intellectual diversity, then the mobile puzzle genre is a knuckle-dragging troglodyte with about as much mental spark as a potted plant.

Handheld platforms are engulfed in a seemingly unstoppable gush of identikit puzzle games, with each new release differing from its predecessor by an ever more imperceptible degree."

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