Puzzle Quest 2 Xbox 360

Metascore
81

Generally favorable reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. Puzzle Quest 2 is definitely worth checking out, and while I wish the soundtrack had been improved upon more it's pretty much the only thing I didn't enjoy about this sequel.
  2. Staying true to its origins Puzzle Quest 2 delivers the addicting gameplay of two genres and makes some wonderful changes to be considered more than just a sequel.
  3. games(TM)
    90
    Another gem of an XBLA release then. [Issue#99, p.110]
  4. 90
    Like the first game, Puzzle Quest 2 takes a simple casual affair and adds layers of depth you won't be able to resist. Even though the quest is long and your customization options seem to be limitless, it still works as a game you can pick up and play for short sessions.
  5. Puzzle Quest 2 lives up to fans' high expectations and delivers a fun and lovingly addictive evolution of our favorite gem-matching RPG.
  6. 88
    It is fun, addictive and will take you hours and hours to finish.
  7. Puzzle Quest 2 is a worthy sequel in every measure. It improves the look and feel of the original, successfully builds on its mechanics, and still feels different enough to provide a sense of novelty and newness.
  8. Puzzle Quest 2 is a true sequel that improves on the original while keeping all the aspects that made the original a hit.
  9. Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords was one of the most addictive games of all time. Its blend of genres and stunning gameplay left lines scored in touch screens and tiles burnt into televisions. Now, the sequel has managed to improve upon the original in every way.
  10. Hiccups aside, Puzzle Quest 2 is a fine sequel that is sure to please fans of the original as well as draw in plenty of new players.
  11. An overall better game than its predecessor, Puzzle Quest 2 expands upon and streamlines the formula to produce one of the most enjoyable puzzle games ever.
  12. Official Xbox Magazine
    85
    What's here is already a fun reminder that gem-bashing is the best way to raid dungeons. [Sept 2010, p.86]
  13. After two years of nothing but rocky seas, Puzzle Quest 2 manages to right the ship and correct the course.
  14. Despite some parts of the game being more simplistic overall, the exploration of the catacombs is far more enthralling than the over world from Challenge of the Warlords.
  15. With the super-long story, tons of side-quests and 4 character classes to choose from plus the multiplayer component, 3 different difficulty settings and the ability to play any of the mini-games independently of the main story, Puzzle Quest 2 offers a virtual truckload of gameplay for your 1200MP. In the end, the main question is whether or not the magically addictive spirit of the first game is still here. The answer is a resounding "YES!"
  16. 80
    Overall, Puzzle Quest 2 is a sharper title than the last two games in the franchise. With tons of quests, various ways to customize your characters, and an improved combat system, fans of the original Puzzle Quest are going to have their hands full with this sequel.
  17. Puzzle Quest 2 is as fun as the original, and offers enough new content for old hands that they should want to revisit the series. Fair warning, though -- while killing that rat swarm is of the utmost importance, remember: you have people who love you and don't forget to bathe.
  18. This sequel goes light on the role-playing but still presents a compelling puzzle experience that's as enjoyable and addictive as the original Puzzle Quest.
  19. A game that can just as easily be played all day or for only an hour, is a solid, if somewhat safe addition to the franchise.
  20. I'd lean toward recommending the Xbox version because, well, I like achievements, and because it's half the price of the DS cart. But whether you want to play on the couch or on the go, Puzzle Quest 2 is a great way to wile away a few minutes, or a few hours.
  21. Puzzle Quest 2 isn't a huge departure from its predecessor, but brings some welcome freshness in the form of weaponry, new spells, and new minigames.
  22. Puzzle Quest 2 will take hours from you if you allow it to. It's an addicting game, and one that Xbox Live folk will be enjoying for a long time.
  23. Puzzle Quest 2 draws inspiration from its roots and offers sleek and enjoyable gameplay. Do quests, gather treasures, fight monsters and solve puzzles in this very entertaining game. The story and roleplaying elements have been toned down, but the result is still a great puzzle game.
  24. This is a surprisingly deep and refreshing take on the now well populated genre of puzzle based downloadable games. With a deep upgrade system and simple yet entertaining game mechanics you'll get lots of entertaining hours in this title. Well worth it's asking price.
  25. PQ2 retains much of the same addictive nature from it's predecessor and will likely please most fans of the series, as long as they can tolerate the lackluster visuals and some unique (and occasionally frustrating) new gameplay mechanics.
  26. Puzzle Quest 2 offers more tactical variety in battles, but it is best consumed in small chunks, otherwise endless skirmishes with goblins and orcs will put you to sleep.
  27. Feb 23, 2011
    72
    Puzzle Quest 2 has its problems, that much is for sure. Look past the problems, and you'll find a game that's still pretty darn addicting.
  28. As with the first Puzzle Quest, then, the concept is what's truly brilliant - the one-more-go aspect of spatial challenges threaded into the reward schedule of an RPG. While the middling implementation's been somewhat improved this time around, the result is still a game that's supremely effective rather than genuinely brilliant.
  29. The original RPG puzzler still has its issues, but this remains a worryingly addictive timewaster.
  30. After a few mixed spin-offs such as Puzzle Chronicles, the unexpected success of 2008 in the reflexion gender is now back in favor.
  31. It's probably more economic to buy Puzzle Quest 2 for Xbox 360 rather than Nintendo DS. But still, regardless of the size of the screen you're playing on, Puzzle Quest 2 doesn't live up to the first one but is still plenty of fun.
  32. X-ONE Magazine UK
    60
    Masks untold layers of depth. [Issue#62,p.103]
User Score
8.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 21 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Apr 23, 2015
    5
    Weaker than the first in every way except for the art style. The story is barren and barely there. No character matters and i couldn't nameWeaker than the first in every way except for the art style. The story is barren and barely there. No character matters and i couldn't name you one. Removed all of the extra stuff like your castle and taken control of folks. Side-quest are also terrible with a simple marker and objectives. The combat remains unchanged so that's why it gets a 7.

    Seriously play the first one. It has it all story, characters and depth
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  2. Dec 7, 2012
    8
    I just started playing Puzzle Quest 2 even though I didn't fully complete Puzzle Quest 1 (but I got a good way through it). I was afraidI just started playing Puzzle Quest 2 even though I didn't fully complete Puzzle Quest 1 (but I got a good way through it). I was afraid about the reviews that they did away with the overhead map which I do miss. But so far I really enjoy the way it walks you through the 3d map with 2 or 3 of 4 directions to go on each screen or bad guys to battle or people to talk to. What I really like with Puzzle Quest 2 is the variety of missions they integrated with the matching gem game but they kept the gem matching the game similar to Puzzle Quest 1. For example, to 'knock down a temple door' involves matching a # of door gems within a certain number of moves while putting out a fire involves matching a # of blue gems. Battling a bad guy involves a strategy of accumulating magna (ie. gem colors) where it will give you spells (more damage) type attacks. The objective being the same as Puzzle Quest 1 which is to defeat the bad guy/complete the quest to gain more spells which do more damage points to the enemy once you accumulate the gem colors required by matching them. The nice twist I've found with Puzzle Quest 2 is the different types of quests to complete and gem challenges. I didn't like the latest Puzzle Quest (Galactrix) where they changed the gem grid to oval versus the square drop down look of gem movement. I like Puzzle Quest 2 so far because it's like Puzzle Quest 1 except with new unique puzzles. I do wish they had put in an overhead map type button but so far I'm getting used to the 3d screen by screen movement and don't miss it enough to prevent me from buy the game. It's a great game to jump into for a few hours of addicting fun 4 or 5 nights of the week. For 800 credits and available on demand, it's worth the money I paid for the number of hours it's kept me occupied so far and will in the future. Once you get past missing the overhead map and if you like the same Puzzle Quest 1 gem matching game, Puzzle Quest 2 is really enjoyable. Puzzle Quest 1 was also a good deal for the 800 credits. The more I played it and understood the incredible depth and adventure involved (not just a simple gem matching game) the more I've liked the Puzzle Quest 1 and 2 games. Full Review »
  3. Oct 19, 2011
    6
    The Original Puzzle Quest was a masterpiece in it's genre, easy gameplay to get to grips with but difficult to master, a map that makes it isThe Original Puzzle Quest was a masterpiece in it's genre, easy gameplay to get to grips with but difficult to master, a map that makes it is easy travel to each location and a story that while not award winning is charming in it's own way. Puzzle Quest 2 however changes the gameplay mechanics slightly (to add more depth but it doesn't do this and ruins the game) as well as changes the iconic look of the first game, traversing the world is really a chore here as you are now in a 3D top down view and it takes far too long. Battles are still good but the overall feel of the game presentation wise and gameplay wise is what makes this a lesser game than puzzle quest 1, if you see them both and can't decide which to go for, go for the original as it is a much better game. Full Review »