If You Played and Loved Lemminigs, You'll Like Pingus
Puzzle games usually lack universal appeal because of the fact that many people simply don't have the patience to stand them. The more stagnant and slow moving the puzzle, the more difficult it can be for some people to remain interested in finding the solution.
Pingus doesn't have that problem, and it is actually a very action packed game.
You will only have time to do the most minimal mental calculations before having to direct the penguins out of harm's way. Gut reactions and good reflexes are required for mastering this style of game.
Just Get it Done
The game doesn't care how players manage to get from point A to point B, and this frees you to solve the puzzles in any manner possible. Finding a new and novel solution to one of the puzzles is very enjoyable, and leads to bragging rights among friends. This free flowing style seems much more natural, because this is what happens in real life everyday.
A Penguin of All Trades
Players may ask their penguins to do surprising things like building bridges, swimming through solid stone walls and even exploding. Not only does this prove the penguins loyal, but it also adds another dimension to the puzzle.
Skills have a set number of uses per level, so it's up to players to figure out not only how to use specific abilities to achieve their goal, but also how to conserve the amount of skills used overall. If at first you don't succeed, try try again!
Puzzle with Plot
This game has a plot that is revealed in a cut scene on first launch. Basically, global warming has begun melting the South Pole, which is the home of the penguins. They set out to discover the culprit, and that's where the game starts. The strong environmental message is there, but it is tempered with the story of the penguins. The plot makes the game more engaging, and makes players feel a greater sense of accomplishment when levels are cleared.
Pingus is an excellent title that almost anyone would enjoy playing. The game is addicting and becomes progressively more challenging as the levels go on. You must be quick witted and fast with the mouse in order to direct the penguins to where they need to be. It's a simple concept, but it has been elegantly executed in Pingus.