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Developer(s)Intelligent Systems
Director(s)Taku Sugioka
Producer(s)Toshio Sengoku
Naoki Nakano
Shinya Takahashi
Kensuke Tanabe
Keisuke Terasaki
Artist(s)Eiko Hirao
Daisuke Yasumatsu
Composer(s)Shoh Murakami
Platform(s)Nintendo 3DS
  • JP: October 5, 2011
  • WW: December 8, 2011

Pushmo, known as Pullblox in Europe and Australia and Hikuosu[a] in Japan, is a downloadable puzzle game developed by Intelligent Systems and published by Nintendo for its Nintendo 3DS handheld system, available on the Nintendo eShop. In the game, players must shift around puzzle blocks in order to create steps and platforms, ultimately to reach children who have been trapped within the giant structures. A sequel, Crashmo (known as Fallblox in Europe and Australia, and as Hikuotsu in Japan), was released for the Nintendo 3DS in 2012. A third game, Pushmo World (known in Europe and Australia as Pullblox World and in Japan as Hikuosu World), was released for Wii U on June 19, 2014. A fourth game, Stretchmo (known in Europe and Australia as Fullblox and in Japan as Hikudasu Hippaland), was released for Nintendo 3DS in May 2015.

Plot and setting[edit]

Pushmo is set in the Pushmo Park, where Pushmos are made by Papa Blox, the creator and caretaker of the Park. The park also has a studio where they can be created. Pushmo starts when Mallo arrives in the park alongsides children. There, Papa Blox learns that the children has been trapped by another child and hurts his back in the process. Mallo then helps Papa Blox to rescue the children across the park which each puzzle become harder in the progression. In the evening, when Mallo has rescued the children, the child who has trapped the others arrive and confronts Mallo; failing, he explains that he is new in town and just wanted fun. He presents himself as Corin and leaves with Mallo and the children.



In the game, a Pushmo is a large, climbable playground structure made of blocks that can slide forwards and backwards.[1] The player controls Mallo, a red, round sumo wrestling creature visiting Pushmo Park, home to dozens of Pushmo. In order to rescue the children, Mallo must move the sliding blocks of the Pushmo in such a way to create a path to reach the child.[1]

Mallo can push and pull blocks a maximum of three steps forward, and can only do so while standing in front of the block or by standing to the side, provided Mallo has a platform on which to step while moving.[2] If Mallo becomes stuck, the player can either reset the Pushmo or use a rewind feature similar to games such as Braid and Catrap.[1] Also, difficult levels can be skipped and re-visited later, if desired.[1] Later levels add manholes that allow Mallo to travel within the Pushmo to reach other parts of the structure.[2]

Create and share[edit]

Along with the game's included 250-plus levels,[1] Pushmo also includes the Pushmo Studio, where players can create and share their own Pushmo puzzles.[1] In order to share puzzles, Pushmo generates a QR code that can be read by the 3DS' on-board cameras; the QR images can be posted on the Internet, printed or photographed from the 3DS's screen.[1]


Pushmo received "universal acclaim" according to the review aggregation website Metacritic.[3] Lucas M. Thomas of IGN called the game "a beautifully original, absolutely charming and oftentimes devious little portable puzzler", "the 3DS eShop's killer app", and "the best downloadable game Nintendo's ever offered in any format."[1] Jeremy Parish of 1Up.com said Pushmo was "one of the 3DS's most outstanding offerings to date".[2] Patrick Barnett of Nintendo World Report said the game was "an ingenious puzzler that will consume the free time of anyone who gives it a whirl."[10]



A sequel to Pushmo called Crashmo (known in the PAL region as Fallblox, and in Japan as Hikuotsu) was announced on October 4, 2012 by Nintendo in both North America and Europe. It was released in Japan on October 31, 2012, November 22, 2012 for the North American Nintendo eShop and November 15, 2012 for the European and Australian eShop. Using Mallo, players save birds rather than children and Mallo will be able to take on 140 new levels by pulling the blocks in any direction, causing some to fall.[citation needed] A third game, Pushmo World,[13] known in Europe and Australia as Pullblox World[14] and in Japan as Hikuosu World, was released for the Wii U in Japan, North America, Europe and Australia on June 19, 2014.[15] A fourth game, Stretchmo, was released for the 3DS in Japan on May 12, 2015, and in Europe, Australia, and North America on May 14, 2015.[16]

Appearances in other media[edit]

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

In Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and Wii U, the main character, Mallo, appears as a collectable trophy. In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Mallo reappears as a spirit and some music from the series are present.

Super Mario Maker[edit]

Mallo appears as a costume for Mario after beating the "100 Mario Challenge" in Super Expert difficulty.

WarioWare Gold[edit]

One of the "microgames" is taken from Pushmo in which the player controls Mallo and must reach the Flag Pole in three sets of challenges.


  1. ^ Japanese: 引ク押ス, lit. "Pull-Push"


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Lucas M. Thomas (December 8, 2011). "Pushmo Review". IGN. Ziff Davis. Retrieved December 27, 2022.
  2. ^ a b c d Jeremy Parish (January 4, 2012). "Brilliant Pushmo Deserves Better Than to Languish in eShop Obscurity". 1Up.com. Ziff Davis. Archived from the original on January 24, 2012. Retrieved January 6, 2012.
  3. ^ a b "Pushmo for 3DS Reviews". Metacritic. Fandom. Retrieved December 27, 2022.
  4. ^ Jordan Devore (December 30, 2011). "Review: Pushmo". Destructoid. Gamurs. Retrieved August 31, 2021.
  5. ^ Edge staff (December 21, 2011). "Pullblox review". Edge. Future plc. Archived from the original on January 4, 2012. Retrieved December 28, 2022.
  6. ^ Jeffrey Matulef (December 21, 2011). "Pullblox Review". Eurogamer. Gamer Network. Retrieved December 27, 2022.
  7. ^ Bryan Vore (March 2012). "Pushmo Review". Game Informer. No. 227. GameStop. p. 96. Retrieved December 27, 2022.
  8. ^ Britton Peele (January 5, 2012). "Pushmo Review". GameSpot. Fandom. Retrieved December 27, 2022.
  9. ^ Marcel van Duyn (December 12, 2011). "Pullblox Review". Nintendo Life. Gamer Network. Retrieved August 31, 2021.
  10. ^ a b Patrick Barnett (December 12, 2011). "Pushmo". Nintendo World Report. NINWR, LLC. Retrieved December 27, 2022.
  11. ^ Mike Rose (December 12, 2011). "Pullblox". Pocket Gamer. Steel Media Ltd. Retrieved December 28, 2022.
  12. ^ David Jenkins (December 16, 2011). "Pullblox review – puzzling download". Metro. DMG Media. Retrieved December 28, 2022.
  13. ^ Kadu Bonamin (May 28, 2013). "Cat Mario e Cat Peach mostram Pushmo World (Wii U), e dão dicas para Mario Kart 8 em nova apresentação". Reino do Cogumelo (in Portuguese). Retrieved June 16, 2014.
  14. ^ Nintendo España [@NintendoES] (May 28, 2014). "¡Pullblox World se dejará caer en Nintendo eShop de #WiiU el 19/06! Para saber más:" (Tweet) (in Spanish). Retrieved December 27, 2022 – via Twitter.
  15. ^ "Pushmo World". Nintendo. Archived from the original on February 14, 2015. Retrieved December 27, 2022.
  16. ^ Tom Philips (May 14, 2015). "Nintendo's new 3DS Pullblox game is free to download". Eurogamer. Gamer Network. Retrieved December 27, 2022.

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