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Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords

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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.

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Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords Windows By joining to a knights order, I got permanent bonus.
Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords Windows Level-up
Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords Windows Ah, that hurts!
Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords PSP Skill use

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

A creative application of the Bejeweled puzzle game with a few minor kinks to work out. Windows The Cliffe (1586)
Great game, bad bugs :( PSP Nomad Wanderer (3)

The Press Says

Gaming Age PSP May 21, 2007 A 100
4Players.de Wii Oct 17, 2007 91 out of 100 91
GameSpot Xbox 360 Oct 11, 2007 9 out of 10 90
Totally Gaming Network Xbox 360 Nov 17, 2007 9 out of 10 90
Portable Review PSP Apr 03, 2007 35 out of 40 88
GameZone PlayStation 2 Jan 10, 2008 8.7 out of 10 87
GameSpot Nintendo DS Mar 20, 2007 8.1 out of 10 81
PSX Extreme PlayStation 2 Jan 16, 2008 8 out of 10 80
G4 TV: X-Play Nintendo DS May 16, 2007 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
RPGamer Nintendo DS 2007 3 out of 5 60

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

Puzzle Quest appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

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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