Conclusion: After two years of nothing but rocky seas, Puzzle Quest 2 manages to right the ship and correct the course. D3's newest Nintendo DS game is everything you could want in a sequel, from improved graphics to enhanced gameplay. Still, the freshness of the original is likely gone forever!
Excerpt: Puzzle Quest's ground-breaking innovation allowed D3 to catch the attention of the gaming community. With its fantasy-laden atmosphere and Bejeweled-esque gameplay, Puzzle Quest was a hit among RPG lovers and casual gamers. Although D3's attempt to launch Puzzle Quest into space garnered a less-than-desirable reception, fans of the original grew wide-eyed once D3 announced Puzzle Quest 2.
Summary: My love for Puzzle Quest knows no bounds. I was absolutely giddy to get my hands on the sequel. Imagine my disappointment when it turned out to be merely good, not great. The core match-three gameplay is nearly identical. The mechanical changes from the original are uniformly excellent, cleverly eliminating the more egregious abuses of the game’s systems. I love the unusual boards for different encounters, as well.
Summary: Puzzle Quest 2 features a blend of match-3 gem matching and fantasy, with a simple but meaningful role playing experience, using all-new weapons, spells, and shields that make every decision meaningful in the deepest puzzle adventure yet.
Excerpt: I shall banish thee from this plane with this holy five-of-a-kind! Puzzle Quest 2 is essentially an acknowledgment, if not a downright apology, that Galactrix – otherwise known as “hex-based puzzle something what was that?” – didn’t work. This doesn’t mean that the idea for Galactrix 2 isn’t still floating somewhere out in space, but it does mark the return of the Puzzle Quest franchise to the familiar and successful Bejeweled -inspired square grid from the original.
Pros: Return to classic, Two new gems, Weapons, armor, and upgrading, Cliché story, crappy ending, Unpolished menus on DS, Paltry local multiplayer
Excerpt: Over the course of the last three years, game developer Infinite Interactive has really been cranking 'em out. After its original sleeper hit Puzzle Quest , the team went on to create a surprising number of variations on its genre-bending theme. (If you don't know, Puzzle Quest created a mash-up even more unlikely than Susan Boyle and Marilyn Manson by blending hardcore RPG elements with casual Bejewelled -style match-three gameplay.