Puzzle Quest 2. A puzzle game fantasy blend of RPG & Bejeweled-style gaming
Sep 14, 2012 7:58 AM –
Puzzle Quest 2 is a puzzle game fantasy blend of RPG & Bejeweled-style gaming. Explore a great story in an expansive world of amazing creatures, powerful weapons, and addictive role playing.
Price: Free, In-app upgrades
Tested on: Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
Pros & Cons:
- A great blend of RPG and Bejeweled-style gaming!
- An expansive world to explore!
- A wide range of items to collect!
- Several classes to choose from, with different styles of gameplay!
- I had force-close issues off and on.
I have to admit up front, I’ve been a fan of this franchise since it first came out, and I’ve played it across several platforms now. So I was excited to try it out on Android as well.
First off, it’s worth noting that while the game is free to download and install, and you can play for a short time, if you want to progress you have to pay via an in-app upgrade. You can pay a small fee to unlock a single character class, or a larger one to unlock all the classes. I paid to unlock them all, and to be honest, looking back, I’d probably have gone with the smaller amount to just do a single class.
I love the game – when it works. It’s a great game with the same unique battle style that the first one had, with a bigger story line and more side quests. However, the catch is when it works. On my Galaxy Tab, I had a lot of problems with force closing. It would load and either I could play for as long as I want with no issues, or it would force close every five minutes. As much as I love the game, that frustration really started to kill it for me. I wanted to sit down and play, but after all the force closures, I’d get frustrated and walk away, and then, after a while, I found I didn’t even necessarily want to bother trying, since I didn’t know if I would get to actually play or not.
When it did work, the game is a lot of fun. It has RPG elements, so you’re following a story line, fighting increasingly difficult enemies. You level up, which gives you better stats, and access to better spells. Each time you level up, you can choose to use points in a variety of stats, giving you the ability to customize your character to your own style of game play.
The spells you use in Puzzle Quest’s system of combat – at its base, it’s like Bejeweled, where you match gems of the same color, or skulls – gems give you that color in your bank, and skulls do damage to your enemy. The gems you collect can be used in your spells – some allow you to collect greater amounts of certain colors, others do damage to your foe, and still others cause various status effects. Each job class has its own set of spells, so playing through the game multiple times with different classes requires adjusting your strategy.
You also earn or buy items such as equipment or spells that allow you to effect how your character’s stats work. Other items allow you to upgrade your equipment, giving you even more flexibility. The system isn’t as robust as what you would find in a MMORPG like a World of Warcraft of Guild Wars, but for a stand-alone game, having the basic elements of crafting was a nice touch. There are also various achievements to earn, for completing tasks and side quests, exploring, etc.
Puzzle Quest Gameplay
Puzzle Quest Quest Marker
Puzzle Quest Ice Map
Puzzle Quest Hero Stats
When the game works, it is amazingly fun. I spent hours playing when it was working. However, when it doesn’t work, it becomes very frustrating. You spend more time loading, then having it crash to the desktop, then waiting for it to load again.
Again, when it works, there is so much here that there’s a lot to keep coming back for. Between the game play, the story line, the side quests and achievements, there’s a little something for everyone.
Because this is a port from a DS game, then to the iPhone, before it came to Android, the graphics are beautiful.
Accelerometer, Vibration & Sound:
There is no vibration or acceleration, but the soundtrack is a very RPG-like affair, with all the variations you’d expect.