Nintendo is still attempting to grasp the concept of strange new world concepts like "free-to-play" and "freemium" games. Their endeavors thus far have ranged from novel (Rusty's Real Deal Baseball) to brutal (Pokemon Shuffle). Their latest venture into this concept looks to straddle the line between "modern freemium" and more traditional by returning to the Pushmo franchise with a new 3DS game called Stretchmo.
Stretchmo reintroduces the pushing and pulling mechanics of the previous series entries, btu also introduces a new stretching mechanic. While pushing blocks to complete puzzles is still the main goal, some stages will require stretching blocks beyond their borders across one or more sides. As with other Pushmo series games, players can also create their own custom puzzles and share them with friends, in this case via the Stretchmo Studio.
The big difference is that Stretchmo can be considered on its surface to be a freemium game, one that includes the first seven starter puzzles for free. Additional passes with new puzzles can be purchased for varying prices. These include Mallo's Playtime Plaza, which comes with 100 puzzles for $4.99, or three other 50-puzzle bundles for $2.99 each. Those looking for a more traditional purchase can also purchase the whole shebang for a flat $9.99.
Stretchmo is available now on the 3DS eShop. For more, check out the video below.