Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords is a unique combination of classic RPG elements and fun puzzle mechanics. Create your own character and venture off in the world, listening to rumors, taking on quests, fighting monsters, and unraveling the mysteries to be found in the world of the Warlords. Designed specifically to entertain both casual and hardcore gamers with its deep immersion, five to fifteen minute play sessions and turn-based play style, Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords incorporates strategy, role-playing elements and a persistent storyline in a puzzle board setting.
Set in the Warlords universe, the game challenges players to create, develop and customize the ultimate hero in order to save the land of Etheria from evil Lord Bane. To advance their character, players battle in turn-based, head-to-head “match-three” style puzzle games in one of three distinct gameplay modes. Single-player allows gamers to battle against the AI as they embark on over 150 challenging quests. Instant Action allows gamers to jump in and immediately play continuous battles to level-up characters without participating in quests. Multiplayer allows gamers to battle live opponents — victory will advance the player’s hero, magical arsenal, creature companions and more, ultimately rewarding gamers at nearly every turn.
Gamers looking for a good handheld puzzle game need look no further than this original title. Find out all about it in this Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords video review.
To quote the video review: “Both the DS and PSP versions of Puzzle Quest offer the same great gameplay. The PSP version provides sharp art and vast wide-screen real estate and the DS version offers slick stylus controls and a ton of on-screen info. As enjoyable as it is, the game has a few technical hitches and there’s a pretty substantial bug dealing with party bonuses. 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.”
Story — 7.5
Design — 9.0
Gameplay — 8.5
Overall — 8.4