Who would have thought using a bejeweled board as a battlefield could be so fun! I mean this is great. One would think, "Aww that would get old fast..." I am here to tell you that it doesn't. This is a real RPG folks. You have the addictive aspect of leveling, equipping, and crafting in the RPG and the very addicting puzzle aspect of battle. There are several different monsters to battle of whom some you can capture and use as your mighty steed. There are several different modes to play by yourself, but it doesn't stop there. You can hook up with your friends via ADHOC and showcase your favorite character against theirs! If you like puzzles and you enjoy RPGs... Well even if you don't enjoy RPG , my wife, you will still love this! I know she did.
If you have ever played a puzzle/battle game (i.e., Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo), then you will definitely enjoy this game! I am a big fan of RPG's and after reading about this, I decided to check it out for myself. Man, this game is nowhere close to being a waste of my time! Who'd have thought that mixing an RPG and a "Tetris Style" Puzzle Game into one would work so smoothly? The main concept is easy! You basically match at least 3 of kind pieces in a row to make them disappear and to either damage your opponent or to gain the effects (matching skulls causes damage). The game gets more in depth with the addition of magic, weapons, items, mounts (you can capture beasts in the game and ride them and gain an extra ability), an intriguing story, and more. I have already beaten the game and I just started a new game (I rarely do that). One gripe that I do have (which the developer has owned up to on their site) is that when people join your quest, you are supposed to gain some attributes when you fight (like when Darkhunter joins, he is supposed to cause immediate damage to any undead foe). Well, it does not work! The developers forgot to fix that problem before they tagged the PSP version as gold and that is the one thing that is messed up (the only reason I gave this game a 9 out of 10). It does not hinder you from playing or beating the game. It will make it a little harder, but you'll forget about it.