Monday, 16 April 2012

Puzzle Quest - Introduction

Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords
Developed By: Infinite Interactive
Published By: D3 Publisher
Year: 2007
Version We're Playing: PC via Steam

Puzzle Quest is an odd game. It mashes together two completely different genres; puzzle games and RPGs. The result, however, is a fantastic game...almost. I'm only a couple of hours in, but the story is so terrible I'm starting to think it's a parody, though if it is it's quite a subtle one. But the actual gameplay is enjoyable. If you've ever played bejewelled you'll know the basic game, you match three or more gems. Each gem has a different effect, I'll go into more depth about that in a later date. 

File:Puzzle quest 360.jpg
This one's from the Xbox version, but it gives you an idea on how it works.
The game was a surprise hit though I cannot find any figures for how many it sold probably because it was released on several consoles (PS2, PSP, PS3, 360, PC, MAC, Wii, DS, Mobiles and iPhones to be exact).  Critically the game was also a success, the PC version getting an average of 84 on Metacritic, and most of the other versions are around the same area. The game also had a spin-off, Puzzle Quest: Galactrix and a direct sequel in 2010, neither of which I own however. 

Unlike the current Vice City Stories, I will not be going into depth about each mission. Honestly the game's story is, by all accounts, pretty poor and the gameplay doesn't change much. Instead I'll basically be posting parts of a review of sorts as I move forward with the game. The first of which should come in the next couple of days.

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