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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. JoeT.
    May 17, 2007
    10
    Easily the best purchase (price to gameplay ratio) I've made for the DS. Incredibly addicting. If you like Bejeweled but found it just a bit repetitive and stagnate, this game is absolutely perfect. I haven't finished it yet and I'm already praying for a sequel. Expand
  2. RedKnight
    Mar 22, 2007
    10
    Awesome game. Game of the year for me. Beautiful 2d graphics. Very well-balanced. Lots of stuff to do and collect. Extremely addictive.
  3. Laura
    Apr 13, 2007
    10
    Nintendo Power has lost my confidence in them. This game is one of the funnest DS games I have ever played and the replay value is very high as well. The price for this game is very low. A must have title! Expand
  4. ThomasP
    Mar 27, 2007
    9
    Don't listen to the folks at Nintendo Power. Puzzle Quest is a must-have for any DS owner.
  5. Jason
    Apr 19, 2007
    9
    I heard of this DS title through friends. Picked up the game and finished it in 2 weeks and a day or two. Overall, the game is great! It has the RPG aspect with equipable items, a crafting system for making items and weapons. The ability to capture your opponents and through the puzzle system, learn some of the spells they use. Also, there are many mounts you can aquire with their own combat spell and you can train them to increase your stats. The puzzle side of the game is very challenging and makes you think. As for the helper arrow in the game, well, it is mostly on the side of the AI with its suggestions, but again, makes you think about strategy. A definite good purchase. Expand
  6. BobU.
    Apr 4, 2007
    9
    A great combination of 2 genres. Bejeweled meets Diablo. Maybe the Nintendo power folks are upset the big N didn't think of this first? Personally I think it's one of the best DS games available - yet oddly hard to locate at retail stores. Addictive is the best word to sum it up. Expand
  7. James
    Nov 1, 2007
    3
    The multiplayer is a blast but the single player contains some of the most rediculous unbalanced programming I have ever seen. The AI favors itself tastelessly, not even being subtle in giving itself four if not more moves in a row. Please imagine playing a standrad turn based RPG in which an enemy attacks once then gains four extra attacks for no apparent reason and you have a sense of what this game in single player boils down to. If the programmers were trying to demonstrate that an AI is "intelligent," then they fail miserably because cheating certainly does not constitute intelligence Expand

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