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  • Summary: Enter the dark and savage lands of the Ashurin Empire as you battle to avenge the atrocities the Empire brought upon your tribesmen. On your challenging quest you will fight fierce beasts and battle hardened warriors with a new puzzle combat mechanics that will test your skills. This new puzzle combat system is based on real time action so players will have to think fast and posses sound strategies to best their opponents. [Konami] Expand
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  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. Despite its complex tutorial, Puzzle Chronicles is one of the best PSP games out there. Character customization, usable items, companions and sidequests en masse will make you play forever.
  2. Puzzle Chronicles is a good puzzle/RPG game capable of engaging both fans of the genre.
  3. Chronicles runs smoothly, but we just wish we had more room to see what was going on in the gem-filled half of the screen. [Apr 2010, p.77]
  4. The awkward style makes for a fantasy adventure that's difficult to believe in. [Apr 2010, p.96]
  5. Puzzle Chronicles is a decent game wrapped in a tacky and uninspiring packaging. The puzzle based combat and the accompanying system for upgrading your character works well. Unfortunately the overall design and voice acting is horrendous and there are simply too many minor flaws present here for the game's qualitative sides to really shine through. Stay clear until you can find this title in the bargain bin.
  6. 58
    Not something we can recommend - to anyone. Obviously built on a too-small budget or by a B-team, it's slow and unrewarding to play. The graphics are ugly and nothing from the puzzling itself through to the meta RPG or even the narrative have anything significantly valuable enough to suggest tolerating any other part of it to experience.
  7. It's almost worth playing Chronicles just to appreciate how bad it is. Almost, but definitely not. [Apr 2010, p.112]

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  1. May 5, 2011
    I really enjoyed the original Puzzle Quest game which I bought on the PS2. Later when Puzzle kingdoms came out on Wii I decided to give that a chance and appreciated the small differences, afterall you don't want to buy exactly the same game. When I saw this game just by chance I decided to pick it up because it was dirt cheap and probably within the same vein of gameplay as the other two. Actually I found out functionally it is quite different. I do enjoy this game but the other two games were turn based puzzles with RPG elements and this game isn't. Instead it is basically "Columns" or "Tetris" head to head tug of war style. The goal is to expand your play area while decreasing your opponents and vice versa. What I like most about puzzle games is the ability to not be pressed for time so you have time to think. This game does not allow a well planned move as it is real time based puzzle (ie, like tetris has falling pieces and you have limited amount of time). I do still like this game but it loses a lot of complexity and interest because of this. The story and graphics are pretty basic, there is nothing to wow you. I guess all i can say is this is a fairly fun solid value entertainment game priced perfectly at $10. It's fun to have some games that don't demand serious commitment. Collapse