Critic & User Reviews
Not Your Typical "Blocks" Puzzle Game!
posted by lazygamer (Northridge, CA) May 14, 2007
Member since Jan 2003
6 out of 6 gamers (100%) found this review helpful
You choose the class of character (e.g. wizard, warrior) which determines the types of spells available. The game is deep where spells can be chosen (six initially) and skills and equipment can be upgraded. Even your castle can be equipped with a forge to create new items (done via a puzzle mini-game of its own). Like I said, not your typical puzzle game.
Battles are done on a single board consisting of different colored mana "jewels" and other symbols. Linking three or more of these up bestows the mana: skulls do damage to "life bars" (yes, you have a life bar). Spells can be activated by collecting the "recipe" of mana and can affect different things: the jewels on the board, course of play or offensive/defensive plays to your opponent. The A.I. is quite aggressive and impressive and uses what it has. With this is mind, you have to think strategically (e.g. "two moves ahead"). If not, you could be setting up yourself for damage, mana drain or even death by "giving" combos to your enemy. As a result, do not play this like a normal puzzle game. The A.I. is actively trying to take you out. My wife who is a puzzle game whiz was mopped-up until she got the hang of it (several frustrated hours later)!
The graphics are nice and clean and the music is typical "fantasy" genre which goes well.
If you want a puzzler with more than "Time Trials" or "Marathon" mode or introduce your wife/girlfriend to RPG games, give this game a try!
posted by Trapp911 (CINCINNATI, OH) Jul 20, 2007
Member since Jun 2007
4 out of 4 gamers (100%) found this review helpful
A very unique combination of puzzle games and RPG element. I really liked this game because it was well done, had some pretty cool elements - researching spells, forging new weapons, capturing vs killing enemies. The one knock I have about the game is that because it is the Bejeweled style puzzle, and no other. The puzzles are varied enough because your enemies will have different spells/capabilities and you will also be able to change out spells throughout your quests, but the puzzle never changes. Overall I think this game would offer excellent replayability and is good to take on the road, once the price comes down I would recommend it. Interesting combination of the two genres that is done very well.
Fun puzzle game for the go.
posted by xterranv (BELMONT, NH) May 11, 2007
Member since Mar 2007
2 out of 2 gamers (100%) found this review helpful
At first it starts out like an RPG type game with picking your character type and there's an overworld map with villages and castles.
In your quests, you encounter enemy's blocking your path as you move through the map. When fighting the enemies you are faced with a Bejeweled type puzzle. If you succeed in winning the puzzle, you have defeated the enemy. You are awarded points and gold. You then go back to the RPG feel of the game and can visit the villages and towns to purchase new equipment, armor in stores, speak to towns folk, and visit the royalies in the castles which will send you on other quests. Along the way you pick up people who join you in your party, this helps in the puzzle quests.
It's an entertaining game to have, It did move quickly, but if you didn't go into the puzzles with a strategy, as you progressed thru the game levels, you were easily defeated.
It's a good rental. If you don't finish it, and you like it, then 'keep it'. :-) Have fun.
posted by nomansslave (TROY, PA) Jan 6, 2013
Member since Dec 2012
Most fun I've had on the PSP
posted by Syn_ (ROCHESTER, NH) Feb 18, 2012
Member since Jan 2012
There are a bunch of side quests and no game over for losing. You just go right on back and try again :) You keep all of the experience you gain as well! Always a plus!
not for me, but...
posted by keith1977 (NORMAL, IL) Jan 5, 2009
Member since Feb 2008
Bejeweled in the Middle Ages
posted by Gort999 (VAN BUREN, AR) Jul 26, 2008
Member since Jul 2006
Decent puzzle action but the RPG aspect interrupts
posted by infp76 (SAINT PAUL, MN) Feb 23, 2008
Member since Nov 2007
A Must Have Game For Your PSP...Don't Overlook!
posted by TheDarkJag (DURHAM, NC) Jan 7, 2008
Member since Dec 2004
Do yourselves a favor and check out this game!
Only for the die hard puzzle nut
posted by DirtHerder (TAMPA, FL) Dec 28, 2007
Member since Mar 2007
This games for all you masochists out there who thrill in the barrage of endless defeats by a opponent that constantly out-plays you by "chanced" drops at every turn of its. So enjoy, you sick people you.
A Great Game
posted by Collector (PALO ALTO, CA) Dec 14, 2007
Member since Nov 2006
Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords
posted by RGonz1976 (PROSPECT PARK, NJ) Oct 29, 2007
Member since Feb 2006
I bejeweled your FACE!
posted by Vezmeister (FAIRLAWN, OH) Oct 12, 2007
Member since Oct 2007
Out of the ordinary puzzle game
posted by CraigEG (DENVER, CO) Aug 25, 2007
Member since Jan 2005
Must Have for Bejeweled Fans
posted by KaZZaK (FAIRFAX, VA) May 17, 2007
Member since Apr 2007