Generally favorable reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. Having played the previous titles, I have to say that Infinite Interactive made some very cool changes to their formula and came out with another winner that will no doubt addict veteran players all over again.
  2. Stick with it and you'll find a dense, deeply rewarding and long-lasting puzzler. [May 2009, p.71]
  3. If you enjoyed Puzzle Quest, then you'll find a lot to like about Galactrix.
  4. It’s not a great game, and the presentation is definitely secondary to the gameplay, but it’ll keep you occupied for hours.
  5. 85
    Infinite Interactive took what worked in Puzzle Quest and expanded it into an even bigger, longer game. That means if you are a fan of PQ, Galactrix will hook you all over again.
  6. While it carries over the best and worst qualities of its RPG influences, good gameplay forgives a lot and Galactrix has this in spades
  7. Galactrix is a must-own for puzzle game fans looking for an upgrade from last year’s sparkling debut.
  8. The original Puzzle Quest set the bar so high for Galactrix it is almost unfair to compare the two but in the end you must. If you can get past the “dumbed” down gameplay this is actually a fun and lengthy worthwhile gaming experience which most puzzle fans and Role Playing Gamers will enjoy. If I had to recommend the Windows PC or Xbox Live Arcade version of the game I would say go with the Xbox Live Arcade version because it just feels better and seems to be more fun for me even the second time through the game.
  9. Its handful of setbacks slightly outweigh its improvements, but Galactrix still offers an addictive, puzzle-meets-RPG experience that won’t disappoint most fans of the original PQ, as well as anyone looking for an accessible game that still packs plenty of substance.
  10. This game is a lot of fun, there’s a lot to do, and Galactrix is a highly addictive arcade game that many players will enjoy.
  11. Galactrix is perfect for puzzlers who want to chip away at an epic quest over many, many sessions. And yes, it's 1,600 Microsoft Points - but worth all 20 bucks. [Apr 2009, p.80]
  12. Puzzle Quest: Galactrix is one of those games that will have you saying, “Just one more quest, one more battle, one more level,” and then you look at the clock and wonder where the last several hours went.
  13. It's the same puzzle over and over again, but the game stretches the concept to cover all sorts of different twists and turns.
  14. It’s best to just play the demo to see if the new tweaks to the combat interest you enough to jump in for the entire game as a whole.
  15. 80
    Galactrix is a big game, more than your average downloadable offering and an engrossing blend of RPG and match three puzzling. The zero gravity board adds challenge and strategy, and the gameplay formula is so addictive and the quests so numerous that it is a difficult game to put down.
  16. As big and as deep as any RPG you'd want to dive into. The price is fully justified. [June 2009, p.96]
  17. 80
    An addictive title with a deep single-player campaign and a unique take on the match three genre is sure to keep gamers busy.
  18. Still, the game is just too similar to the original for me, and while the gameplay is just as addictive as it was before, if you weren't exactly blown away by the original PQ, I can't see this one winning you over either. Personally, I really enjoyed the first one, and I'm still enjoying Galactrix, I just wish a bit more had been done with it.
  19. While the overall blandness means Galactrix is unlikely to truly thrill many people, it also means that it won’t exclude anyone either, and the ever-reliable pattern-spotting blends with the steady trickle of meaningless rewards to exert a pull on its audience that is truly Pavlovian. [Apr 2009, p.125]
  20. A dilution, not a distillation of Puzzle Quest's relentlessly compelling formula. It's a game that drives the franchise too deep into niche territory, where it loses sight of the elegance and simplicity which turned the match-three genre into an everyman phenomenon.
  21. Galactrix does have a decent game underneath the Sci-Fi veneer, and actually the introduction of some new themes and tactics into the puzzles has been done well. However, the implementation fails to live up to the original and never really feels as satisfying to play.
  22. Puzzle Quest Galactrix sounds like a dream come true. I love the epic space battles, cool technology and, most importantly, the first game. So why is it that I can't get into this pseudo-sequel? This is a good second attempt, but I liked the first game better!
  23. 65
    If you're a hardcore Puzzle Quest fan you'll probably be disappointed initially but once you get past the graphics, sound and some of the gameplay (!), the twists on the game are a smart extension on what came before it.
  24. Galactrix seems to forget what makes Puzzle Quest such a great game. It emphasizes on things that are irrelevant, while interesting things like building your spaceship and commencing battles are pushed into the background.
  25. Infinite has squeezed far more than it has a right to out of simple geometric shapes. [Issue#46, p.101]
  26. The first Puzzle Quest was a revelation; Galactrix is just a complication.
  27. If the the old school Puzzle Quest is mega-addicting black tar heroin, then the new one is some brown weed that barely gets you high and leaves you with little more than a headache and a bad taste in your mouth.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. May 23, 2012
    This game has a bad reputation compared to Puzzle Quest's 1 & 2 the reason for which seems to always boil down to the fact that the battleThis game has a bad reputation compared to Puzzle Quest's 1 & 2 the reason for which seems to always boil down to the fact that the battle grid is a hex grid and not a square grid. If you can let mind break down the 4th wall this game is absolutely fantastic. I found myself engrossed in this game far more than the other two Puzzle Quest's. The variation on the classic Match-3 game play was a revelation to me. For years we could only match our jewels, blocks and gems on boring square grids but this game created a deeply innovative surprisingly fun change on the same old same old. The theme was what got me interested in this game (I don't think the world has enough computer space games for casual fun) but the actual game play is why I stayed. I recommend this game to anyone who is fed up with the usual Match-3 games and also loves Fantasy/Sci-fi RPG's. Xbox Live has a demo try the Free Trial and give it a chance. Full Review »