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!
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.
Excerpt: It has been three years since D3 published Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords , a game that blended together the RPG and puzzle genres in a way no one though possible. The result was, simply put, magical, and proved more addictive than anyone expected. Since then, the style of gameplay has been replicated on several occasions, and the puzzle/RPG game type has slowly evolved into an entire genre, featuring such hits as Gyromancer and Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes.
Conclusion: Puzzle Quest 2 is a worthy sequel to the original title. Despite some parts of the game being more simplistic overall, the exploration of the catacombs is far more enthralling than the over world from Challenge of the Warlords. With a lengthier adventure, extra types of mini-games, and an improved layout, Puzzle Quest 2 still retains the flair of the original title.