Game Review: Puzzle Quest 2

Puzzle Quest 2 is essentially Bejeweled, but with a really interesting RPG twist added to the gameplay (Video Review).

Overall Score: 4/5PuzzleQuest2

While Puzzle Quest 2’s gameplay and lasting value is great, the visuals do hurt the game slightly, since they have severe frame rate issues.

Gameplay: 4/5

When you first open the game, it looks like your usual RPG game… you create a character from a few different classes, and then begin some quests. The difference with this is that your battles are fought using logic not brute force. To defeat an enemy, take down a door, unlock a treasure chest and more, you basically play Bejeweled, but with some great twists. In your normal battles, you play against an enemy, so after you move a piece in the game, they get to move their piece, etc. This adds lots of excitement to the game, since it truly becomes challenging as you progress. Also, there are some game play modifiers like magic spells you can cast and various weapons/armor you can carry. And the controls work well for this. The only thing that brings the gameplay down is the visuals, which suffer from frame rate drops, slightly ruining the gameplay experience.

Presentation: 3/5

The visuals inside the simple puzzle game suffer from some bad frame rate issues! When you get any combo of 4 or more pieces, the game lags greatly while it tries to animate more pieces falling into the game. If it wasn’t for the great music in the game, the presentation would score even lower.

Lasting Value: 5/5

This game will last you a long time! In addition to the normal quests, there are also side quests you can complete. And you can always create a new hero and play as that character again to re-experience the game. Also, you can play all of the mini games at any time from the main menu, such as breaking down a door or taking gold from a treasure chest. All of these gameplay modes are still the same Bejeweled-like game, but have some gameplay twists that make them truly unique. The main quest will probably take over 4 hours to complete, depending greatly on how good you are at completing the battles.

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Title: Puzzle Quest 2
Price: $6.99
Publisher: Namco

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