English Title: Marl de JigsawThere's scarce few games as cute as Nippon Ichi's Marl Kingdom series. From the central themes of love and friendship, to the over-the-top musical numbers, everything about them (apart from Ryoji Nomura's sometimes overly-sexualized character designs) screams childish fun aimed at young girls. Of course, that doesn't preclude enjoyment by anyone else, but you'd best go in knowing what to expect.
Japanese Title: マールDEジグソー
Publisher / Developer: Nippon Ichi Software
Released: Nov. 15, 2001
Product Codes: SLPS-20128 / JAN 4995506000264
Marl de Jigsaw crosses the world and characters of Marl Kingdom with their lesser-known but also long-running jigsaw puzzle series. In fact, this is the *fourth* jigsaw puzzle game the company released. It turns the solitaire table game into a hectic arcade game where you race an opponent to complete a set of simplified puzzles the quickest, while using special attacks to hinder the other player. If you've got two evenly-matched opponents who like puzzles, it's actually quite engrossing.
Even if you don't like puzzles that much, there's still a lot of value to be found here. Completing puzzles in any mode will unlock them in a gallery, and there's more than 200 illustrations -- many of them production art or otherwise unpublished -- which can be browsed at your leisure. As an extra bonus, this limited edition goes one step further and includes a complete four disc soundtrack of the two PS1 games. It may seem like a fan-service cash-in at first glance, but it still comes together as a really cool package that any self-respecting Marl Kingdom fan should own.