Summary: I have something of a love/hate relationship with D3's Puzzle Quest franchise. It was love at first sight when I played the 2007 original, raving about it to friends and naming it my Game of the Year. But as much as I loved that game, I hate what Infinite Interactive did with the concept after that.
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.
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: 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.
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.
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.