Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Video game number one hundred and ninety two: Puzzle Quest 2

Video game review number one hundred and ninety two in my 365 Games in 365 Days project is "Puzzle Quest 2".

The first Puzzle Quest remains one of my favorite games to play on my Nintendo DS. I had never heard of it, until one day I was reading Penny Arcade and they were going on and on about it. At that time, it was only available in import shops, and I was down at Emerald City Comic Con that weekend, so I picked up a copy from Pink Godzilla.

This game is exactly like that game, with a little more flair. It's still all about the puzzles, and you still have a character that can cast spells and stuff based on which colors you are able to line up. There's still a story (and I still don't care much about it), but the map is a little more robust now. It almost reminds me of one of the early Zelda games, in that you can mostly only interact with people that are part of your quest.

I'm a big fan of puzzle games (and Puzzle Quest in general) so this game doesn't disappoint. The desire to level up my character (which you do by completing puzzles better than your opponents) is still pretty strong. It's kind of addictive, and I could see myself playing this whenever I have a little spare time.

Overall Score? 7.5/10. If it isn't broke, don't fix it. What they've done here is basically made a few mild tweaks to a good formula and cranked out a decent sequel. I don't mind that it's not brand spanking new, because it's still fun. I suppose the million dollar question is this: If you already have the original, do you need the sequel? I suppose the answer depends on your level of fandom.

Achievements? Ok...these are nuts. The majority of them are going to be really hard to get (they have ones like "Beat an opponent when you have only 1 piece of health left" and stuff. Crazy achievements. So far...I've played 8 or 9 missions, and I have just one:

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