Generally favorable reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. With rewards such as an extra turn for linking four or five gems together or the warm feeling of doing double damage to your enemy because of a well-planned chain incorporating themselves into the tactical side of a game like Bejeweled, players will find themselves playing to master the game as best as they can -and that's not a bad thing.
  2. An excellent and incredibly addictive puzzle game/RPG hybrid. [June 2007]
  3. Puzzle Quest is truly a masterpiece.
  4. 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. Despite the torturous AI, Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords is easily one of the most original games to hit the PlayStation Portable.
  5. This game will ruin Bejeweled for you forever, because you will be longing for some consequences beyond just getting points. You will also quickly descend into 'just one more turn' territory until you make your way to the end, which will take dozens of hours.
  6. 90
    Puzzle Quest's addictive mixture of role-playing stat progression, and casual gem-matching has resulted in one of the most captivating PSP games this year. The graphical and aural enhancements in the PSP version make it the definitive version of a game that is quickly becoming one of our handheld favorites.
  7. 90
    Both versions of Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords come highly recommended, and even in light of the annoying bugs, the PSP version is the better choice and deserving of our Editor's Choice recommendation.
  8. So addictive it should come with a warning sticker on the box.
  9. You will not want to let this game out of your hands because it is extremely addicting for you and anyone who gets their hands up on.
  10. 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.
  11. Puzzle Quest uses a very good balance of the puzzles and the RPG theme to create an overall well made game that is interesting and yet challenging.
  12. Puzzle Quest is just plain great. If you own a PSP, you need Puzzle Quest.
  13. The parts may seem commonplace, but Puzzle Quest's blend of RPG and puzzle-game convention makes for something refreshingly unique and dangerously addictive.
  14. Push past the initial hump, however, and the RPG elements pull you into an incredibly addictive and enthralling role-playing game experience. [June 2007, p.81]
  15. I've never been so happy to be so angry with a game. The peanut butter/chocolate combo took this long to be combined why, now? You know what, it doesn't matter. You need this game -- even if you think you don't. Just be ready with the blood pressure meds.
  16. 85
    The PSP version does have a bug that prevents your companions' special abilities from actually working, but that doesn't have much impact on the gameplay.
  17. 85
    If you are a puzzle fan and hate role-playing games, you'll love it. If you're a role-playing lover who despises puzzle games, you'll want to hug it. If you're a first person shooter fan who loves to kill things, well, you might like this.
  18. What could have been a generic puzzle game is made all the better by a layer of depth with the RPG elements. Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords is a very fun title that can be played in short bursts as well as marathon stretches.
  19. The battles could also stand to be a little flashier. At the same time, puzzle games don’t get much better than this, and Puzzle Quest is a solid, original concept and nearly perfect for the handheld medium.
  20. The AI seems insanely good one minute then misses an obvious attack the next, and the story is completely throwaway, but there is enough gameplay here to keep puzzle fans busy for a long time. [May 2007, p.99]
  21. More compelling than a glorified Flash game ought to be.
  22. For either system, Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords is a portable addiction, and while I recommend the PSP version, the DS game is almost as good.
  23. The game that will replace "Lumines" to satisfy my quick puzzle game craving.
  24. 80
    Puzzle Quest PSP does exactly what it sets out to do, masterfully combining the role-playing and puzzle genres into one game that is perfect for handheld gaming.
  25. It has excellent local wireless multiplayer.
  26. The PSP version loads a bit more slowly but looks better, and the DS version features lightning-fast loads but tosses in slightly sluggish, clunky touch-controls.
  27. Don’t be put off by this oddball mixture of a casual puzzle game and a fantasy role-playing adventure. Puzzle Quest is stellar as both, and amazingly addictive.
  28. A must-have for anyone who loves both RPGs and puzzles, and will probably delight anyone who's a fan of either genre.
  29. The game does an admirable job of adding some strategic depth and complexity to the casual game model without losing its pick-up-and-play nature.
  30. 66
    Demanding, but rewarding for the few who engage it. [Issue#153, p.84]
  31. A mish-mash of puzzler and RPG that never really hits the heights it initially promises. [Apr 2007, p.84]
  32. It's gently hypnotic stuff, but fight a dozen super-intelligent skeletons and you'll soon be yearning for the simple pleasures of "Lumines." [Mar 2007, p.111]

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