Genre: Match-3, RPG
Platform: All, I think. I have it for Nintendo DS and XBox 360.
Having long been a fan of match-3 type of games, you can imagine my delight at finding a game that combined that simple game play with RPG elements. I believe this was one of the first games I downloaded from the XBox Live arcade, many years ago. I have played the poo out of this game. I have played it all the way through at least 10 times, which is no small feat because there’s a lot of grinding involved in it. I personally think the DS version of the game is best due to the use of the stylus.
This game has you create a character from a few different classes and start on your merry way. It has some “save the princess” story, but there are definitely twists on it. For example, you have the option to help the princess escape her situation of forced marriage and be a badass with you on the road. Of course I did this. Screw the man!
As you play, you level up and get to assign points for different attributes which increase the game play. As you encounter certain enemies, you can “capture” them by completing an often-challenging mini game. Once you do that, you learn the spells it knows, allowing you greater ability to customize your character. You can also lay siege to cities, build a citadel with various beneficial buildings, train mounts and research spells.
The “Quest” part of this game is no laughing matter. There are a TON of quests to do, and it may take you hours of grinding to become powerful enough to complete some of them. That was fine with me, however, because this is a super fun game. There have been a few other versions of it. I never gave Puzzle Quest 2 a fair shake and I’ll go back to it someday. I didn’t like Puzzle Quest Galactrix, which is hexagonal and set in space. There’s also a Marvel version which is quite good, too. But I would first check out the original and its expansion, which is always included with the original game. Have fun!