This game never ends (and I agree with that!)
I've forgotten how exciting Puzzle Quest can be if done right. A few battles here, a few spell improvements there, and next you know you've spent hours matching color-coded tiles.
After a few missteps, the once-beloved Match-3 series continues to live on an expanded port for Nintendo Switch called Puzzle Quest: The Legend Returns which is available tomorrow at eShop for a very cheap $ 14.99. Warlord Challenge Venetian Ruler's Revenge and a new addition, Golem Lord's Attack for a Combination Altogether more than 240 quests.
This is not necessarily something I will ever defeat, but my goodness, what a brilliant concept.
There is no lack of match-3 games, but what distinguishes Puzzle Quest is all that surround the familiar puzzle hook: all these cute RPG mechanics. This game has honest character builds.
You start off as a modest adventurer in a fairly general fantasy world, and if you win battles against skeletons, ogres, and all kinds of beasts, you can learn spells and equip yourself with performance-enhancing gear. There are a variety of classes to choose from, including the newcomers Blood Mage, Priest, Monk, Paladin and Elementalist, and your spells will be your ideal strategy for puzzles. 19659003] How to play Puzzle Quest ? The essence is that red, yellow, blue and green gems correspond to different types of mana, while coins bring you gold, purple pieces give XP and skulls hurt your opponent. Whoever has no more HP loses. If you get a match of four or more, your turn will lengthen and the spells will be fueled by mana. Lesser spells, such as Sneak Attack, require four green and four blue mana, while for something powerful, such as Assassinate, mana must be saved in all four categories.
Players take turns playing matches, almost as if they were in a huge, overlapping game of Connect Four. The idea is to prepare for success in the short and long term, while at the same time taking the chance out of the competition to make tough moves. Luck matters, of course, but the AI is usually not inappropriate.
For example, I built Belithas – my lover, accidentally named, hellishly sassy elder Paladin – so that I should give priority to yellow, blue and green gemstones and then decide to red. In most cases, I prefer to build up my mana reserves early and then go all-out with a wave of attack spells to end the fight, rather than combining skull tokens for light damage. However, certain opponents force you to adapt, and that's part of the fun of strategizing, sharpening, and tweaking your build.
With my current setup, my health is replenished every turn if I have enough blue mana. So that's the first task. Then, with successive complementary spells, I can turn much of the board into yellow gems, make a huge, chained hit for a mana river, and apply a yellow gem attack multiple times to quickly melt the spell hostile HP away. To get here, a lot of effort was needed.
To get something out of Puzzle Quest requires basic appreciation for Match 3 games, but the RPG elements really complete the experience. You are quite the motivator. Catch monsters to learn their spells, take over cities to earn passive income, fake items, train mounts – the list goes on. The main story is brawny enough in itself, and there are plenty of side tasks and distractions.
When I have criticism, they are mostly technical. There is a tendency for big games to lead to temporary hitching / stuttering when the game is having trouble keeping up with itself. It is a noticeable flaw, but it will not take long. As such, I got used to it over time. I also lost interest in the plot (not that I wanted to play Puzzle Quest for their narrative). It's there when you want it. Otherwise, nothing prevents you from skipping dialogues and cut-scenes to allow pure puzzle action.
While there are some menus that you need to think about, especially since The Legend Returns begins to open, I've found that the interface, controls, and text size when playing the switch in your handheld Mode exactly match. I prefer to use two analog sticks (one for cursor movement, one for switching gems), but the touchscreen controls on the switch are fine here. If for any reason you are concerned about possible loading times, you should not be – this game is suitable for portable gaming sessions.
Puzzle Quest: The Legend Returns deserves a place in your main menu, plain and simple. If you missed this series for the first time, try it. This is an excellent rendition. If you've been thrilled for years, come back for seconds anyway. It's Puzzle Quest as it should be.  [This impressions piece is based on a retail build of the game provided by the publisher.]
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