Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords Image
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  • Summary: Set in the Warlords universe, Puzzle Quest challenges gamers to create, develop and customize the ultimate hero to save the land of Etheria from the evil Lord Bane. In order to advance, players battle in turn-based, head-to-head "match-three" style puzzle games in one of three distinct gameplay modes: Single-player allows gamers to battle against the computer AI as they embark on over 150 challenging quests, Instant Action allows gamers to jump in and immediately play continuous battles to level-up characters without participating in quests, and Multiplayer allows gamers to battle live opponents via wireless connectivity. Victory will advance the player’s hero, magical arsenal, creature companions and more - ultimately rewarding gamers at nearly every turn and providing endless hours of replayablity. [D3Publisher of America] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 37 out of 41
  2. Negative: 1 out of 41
  1. In the end, that’s all this game is about: experience. The time you spend earning it is well worth it, not just because it makes your hero stronger but also because of the additive fun you have along the way.
  2. So addictive it should come with a warning sticker on the box.
  3. This game has taken the best aspects of two winning genres and created an experience that is both original and rewarding. Both puzzle hounds and dungeon crawlers alike will find this game to be just what the doctor ordered.
  4. Easily the best puzzle game yet released on the DS.
  5. It’s an interesting idea taking both of these two distinctively different genres are brought together, and for the most part they work.
  6. A solid, entertaining slice of dual-genre pie. I like the puzzle fighting, I liked the plot, I liked the game.
  7. Also, the fact that enemy AI just happens to execute almost every move with near-perfection by lining up multiple turns in a row makes for some frustrating gameplay. [May 2007, p.87]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 18
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 18
  3. Negative: 1 out of 18
  1. Feb 27, 2012
    7
    Solid RPG-puzzler, though you have to like match-3 gameplay quite a bit to get the most of it. Graphics are nice, with 2D-manga inspired themes, but the game looks significantly better on bigger platforms (not to mention eye-strain due to whole board fitting the lower screen!). Sounds are decent, though the music quality also got hit a bit in the DS version of the game. There is certainly many things to do - lots of side-quests to complete, items to collect and monsters to catch. I'm fine with Bejeweled, but the fights can get a bit repetitive after some time, they are not too challenging and you might want to have a strong, high-level mount later in the game to evade encounters and speed things up. Story is your standard fantasy fare, but allows for some branching and can be a little more interesting for fans of Etheria, now-defunct Warlords series universe. Great game for fans of match-3 and RPGs, recommended if you loved Warlords (not much to play nowadays), rest of you can take a look, but it is not a must have in my opinion. Expand

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