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Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords (PSP)

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Description

As a citizen of the kingdom of Bartonia, it's your job to discover why the Undead have begun swarming all over the world of Etheria. In this RPG hybrid you'll be following the story of your character as they rid Etheria of the Undead scourge and save Bartonia, complete sidequests for extra money, experience, items and companions, craft your own weapons and armor, capture monsters for use as mounts or to learn their spells, and even lay siege to neighboring kingdoms in order to add them to your own empire. However, Puzzle Quest is an RPG with a twist. Everything is done (as the name implies) with puzzles.

Everything in Puzzle Quest is done with puzzles. The puzzles themselves are similar to Bejeweled in execution, with a few slight variations used for things like item crafting and enemy capture.

When fighting an enemy (which can range from zombies to orcs and even castle strongholds, each with their own special spells and abilities), you both take turns using the same board. The goal is to reduce your opponents hitpoints to zero, which can be done directly by linking up skulls in rows of three or more, or by using spells which require mana. To build up mana, just link three or more runes of the same color together, just like the skulls. Every time you gain mana, it's stored in your reserves until you use it (or are hit with a mana draining attack). Gold and experience are built up in the same way, using gold coins or purple experience orbs that occupy the same board and can be linked just like runes and skulls.

The real strategy behind the game comes into play when you factor in elemental mastery (gaining extra mana when linking runes for a specific element), equipment (which can prevent damage, drain mana and more), spells (which can poison, drain mana, stun and so on) and linking up groups of four or more. The reason groups of four are important is that every time a row of four-of-a-kind is created, you get an extra turn. While it doesn't sound important, getting four runes in a row could possibly give you enough mana to cast an extremely powerful spell and give you the extra turn to cast it before your enemy can even move.

There is also a direct action mode in which players can hone their skills against various opponents independent from the story mode, as well as wireless multi-card play where two players can square off using their own characters from the campaign mode.

Screenshots

Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords PSP Hero creation screen at the start of a new quest. Here you can change you name and class.
Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords PSP Destroying skulls causes damage to your enemy.
Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords PSP Monster – boss info screen before combat
Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords PSP Battle results

Alternate Titles

  • "The パズルクエスト~アガリアの騎士~" -- Japanese spelling
  • "The Puzzle Quest: Agaria no Kishi" -- Japanese title
  • "Puzzle Quest HD" -- iPad title

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User Reviews

Great game, bad bugs :( Nomad Wanderer (3) 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars

The Press Says

Gaming Age May 21, 2007 A 100
1UP Jun 13, 2007 A- 91
IGN Mar 29, 2007 9 out of 10 90
GameSpy Mar 27, 2007 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Gamigo Apr 09, 2008 8.8 out of 10 88
GameZone Apr 11, 2007 8.8 out of 10 88
GameSpot Mar 20, 2007 8.5 out of 10 85
GamingTrend 2007 493 out of 600 82
Yet Another Review Site (YARS) Jun 22, 2008 8 out of 10 80
Legendra Aug 25, 2008 6 out of 10 60

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Trivia

PC Version

Because there initially was a Windows demo, but no full PC game released along with the other platforms, Steve Fawkner (CEO of developer Infinite Interactive) received at least six death threats and one bomb threat from fans demanding a PC version of the game.

References

The game contains a Frost Giant named Jarl. This a reference to the Frost Giant Jarl from the old AD&D module G2: The Glacial Rift of the Frost Giant Jarl.

Awards

  • GameSpy
    • 2007 – #5 Handheld Game of the Year
    • 2007 – #5 PSP Game of the Year
    • 2007 – #6 Nintendo DS Game of the Year
    • 2007 – Best XBLA Game of the Year
Information also contributed by Jeff Sinasac.

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Kabushi (116365) added Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords (PSP) on Apr 04, 2007
Other platforms contributed by Alaka (30008), Kabushi (116365), Robstein (175) and Grog Logen (23)