Dibbles are nothing if not self-sacrificial, especially when their pharaoh is in mortal distress. They'll lay down their lives in all manner of deaths to convenience their highness' salvation out here in the excruciating desert heat. If you enjoyed the previous incarnations of The Podge's puzzle series, you'll be glad to know that Dibbles 3: Desert Despair continues the fun while ramping up the challenge.
The premise is simple—order the demise of plucky red dibbles via command blocks in order to get the king to the goal—yet obstacles such as spiky cacti and quicksand make success anything but straight-forward. Luckily, you can "reset" as often as needed or, if you reset often enough, you'll be given the option to "skip," saving that level for another time. There's 44 levels all told, each replete with high production values and a user-friendly interface because we do like our luxuries and extras to make gameplay go smoothly. A new command, melt, adds an atmospherically appropriate new twist to go along with bridging, booming and bungeeing action but Desert Despair is still basically more of the same, which is great for fans of classic arcade lemmings games. For those who are itching to problem solve and will wait patiently as their directives are carried out, Dibbles 3: Desert Despair delivers enjoyment at your command.