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  • Summary: The Original Match 3 RPG is back and better than ever before! Experience the game that started it all, now for the first time on Nintendo Switch™! The totally remastered Puzzle Quest: The Legend Returns features the original Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords, the expansion Revenge ofThe Original Match 3 RPG is back and better than ever before! Experience the game that started it all, now for the first time on Nintendo Switch™! The totally remastered Puzzle Quest: The Legend Returns features the original Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords, the expansion Revenge of the Plague Lord, and a whole bundle of new quests, spells, classes and items created exclusively for this version. Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Sep 27, 2019
    90
    Puzzle Quest: The Legend Returns for the Nintendo Switch is a perfect match for the Switch's "get up and go" philosophy. While the core of the gameplay is still the time-honoured design of matching 3 tile,s Puzzle Quest: The Legend Returns manages to add enough RPG elements to keep it fresh board by board.
  2. Sep 19, 2019
    85
    Aside from using different strategies for the various opponents, the match 3 battles themselves never change much throughout the game’s story. You’d think this would be a negative, but Puzzle Quest remains addictive throughout the crazy amount of content presented in this package. Even if you lose interest in the story (a kingdom under attack, precarious alliances, a lone warrior who must rise up, etc.), the gameplay carries itself well.
  3. 80
    While the series may not be anywhere near groundbreaking by this point, Puzzle Quest still returns to its roots in strong fashion with all the previous content and more on the Nintendo Switch, making it great for prior fans and newcomers alike.
  4. Oct 8, 2019
    80
    Despite my issues with Puzzle Quest: The Legend Returns, the game is still one heck of a great experience, twelve years later. Battles are as exciting as ever, while the new wealth of classes and quests ensures that even series veterans will be able to get lost in this world all over again. The game shows its age in the visuals department, and the presence of difficulty spikes is bound to frustrate some. However, those willing to look past The Legend Returns' flaws are in store for a rich and rewarding experience. And for 15 bucks, where else are you going to get a sprawling RPG/puzzler like this?
  5. Sep 24, 2019
    78
    It is not a very ambitious comeback, but it still is a great game full of content and does bring some interesting additions. If you want a mix of puzzles and RPG, give this a try.
  6. 70
    If you've never played Puzzle Quest before, The Legend Returns will be a nice surprise. Sitting underneath that humble presentation is a game with an awful lot of content to it. Existing fans would do well to jump in and remind themselves why Puzzle Quest is such a great game, as this release on Switch suggests, to the very subtitle of the name, that it's an active franchise again, and we may well see a new one in the near future. However, it's clear that Puzzle Quest is aging with anything but grace, so The Legend Returns also shows that this next Puzzle Quest, should it come, will need to do things significantly differently to have the same impact.
  7. Oct 16, 2019
    67
    It’s far less insidious than any of the myriad match-3 games that clog up Apple and Google’s respective storefronts, but it’s also not all that fun unless you really love grinding your way through match-3 puzzles. It could be a lot worse, and kudos to the game’s developers for resisting the allure of monetization, but Puzzle Quest: The Legend Returns’ appeal will definitely be limited.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 4
  2. Negative: 2 out of 4
  1. Sep 26, 2019
    9
    The legend has come back.. to Nintendo!

    Gameplay is amazingly deep, with tons of customization, and a lot of quests. Hoping for an in-game
    The legend has come back.. to Nintendo!

    Gameplay is amazingly deep, with tons of customization, and a lot of quests. Hoping for an in-game Combat Speed setting to help the grind in a future update.
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  2. May 2, 2020
    5
    Fun but Frustrating

    I bought this for pure nostalgia purposes. I clearly remembered it more fondly than it deserved. While it has a lot of
    Fun but Frustrating

    I bought this for pure nostalgia purposes. I clearly remembered it more fondly than it deserved. While it has a lot of great features, lots of customization, tons of skills and equipment, it still boils down to the level of fun vs frustration. FUN

    * Interesting story, quests, world, and characters
    * Lots of things to build and unlock
    * Very satisfying to win and traverse storyline

    FRUSTRATING

    * Match-3 Puzzle randomization overwhelmingly favors CPU
    * Grinding hurts you as enemies level up with you. Therefore it is impossible to grind to defeat a tough
    Boss. They just get stronger. * Spending 30 minutes on a battle just to lose leads to Rage Quits


    I guess I’m going to delete this and wait for Puzzle Quest 2. Maybe that’s the game I was yearning for here.
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  3. Apr 26, 2020
    3
    Just pure RNG, there is a tiny amount of skill but 90% of the game is just down to luck. For a cheap mobile title that's fine but don't beJust pure RNG, there is a tiny amount of skill but 90% of the game is just down to luck. For a cheap mobile title that's fine but don't be fooled into paying full price for a 10+ year old game that's been shoddily ported. Expand
  4. Sep 19, 2019
    0
    Awesome Game, but right now unplayable because the first skeleton is way to strong. It seems like it's a bug because the enemie before hasAwesome Game, but right now unplayable because the first skeleton is way to strong. It seems like it's a bug because the enemie before has like 60 Hp and the skeleton has almost 1000. Expand