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Saturday, July 24, 2010

Puzzle Quest 2 on Xbox 360 Impression

A gaming hybrid that RPG gamers with a taste for puzzle mini-games can devour. Assume a generic fantasy character role and journey from screen to screen taking on ogre, orc and other baddies in bejeweled style battles. What makes Puzzle Quest 2 such an attractive download? Let’s take a look.

Gameplay – Mix the addictive puzzle gameplay of bejeweled with head-to-head battles seen in titles like Puzzle Fighter and top it off with upgradable characters, weapons, magic’s and equipment. The puzzle aspect is just a part of the gameplay as much attention needs to be paid to upgrading your character. Its plain addictive and easy to get into.

Graphics – Solid character and monster art slide around a vivid and bright puzzle adventure. Settings are static but feel pulled from an old-school Diablo angled adventure. Easy on the eyes and well detailed.

Sound – Decent sound effects and background music get the job done but otherwise nothing to really praise or detract.

Design – Excellent mixture of solid puzzles with a quest mode that will make gamers want to move onto the next fight all the quicker. Any game that makes you forget you’ve been playing for 2-3 hours is well designed and this is an area Puzzle Quest 2 excels in.

Miscellaneous – The quest mode and upgrading of characters adds a level of depth that puzzle titles have missed on. Utilizing spells and weapons in battles in ingenious and a mixture that works on all the right levels.

Overall, it’s a puzzle combat game mixed with RPG elements done right. Nothing is forced, it all flows very well and is a great purchase for any 360 owner.

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