Excerpt: Once upon a time developers focused on making their games fun and if they looked good in the process then that was a bonus. Then 3D graphics came along and far too often we find ourselves wondering why gameplay came in second or even third. Puzzle Quest Galactrix by Infinite Interactive is one of those games that evokes memories of the late 90s in more ways than one.
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Summary: D3Publisher of America's Puzzle Quest: Galactrix, developed by Infinite Interactive, incorporates a powerful blend of casual and hardcore gameplay elements, similar to Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords, into an all-new futuristic, science-fiction setting.
Excerpt: Space: The Final Sellout. Itâ€™s the first – and usually last – place to go when youâ€™re looking to expand a franchise, at least if youâ€™re a 1970â€™s Saturday morning cartoon show. The same rule seem to apply to casual games, as Puzzle Quest extends its basic gameplay to another format and takes you a […]
Excerpt: The core design of Puzzle Quest: Galactrix isn’t all that dissimilar from Challenge of the Warlords, though the switch from fantasy to a sci-fi setting has brought with it inherent changes. There are no classes to choose from in Galactrix, you simply pick a male or female space cadet and off you venture into the galaxy. In place of cities, villages and dungeons, the galaxy is dotted with solar systems, planets, moons and space stations.
Excerpt: D3Publisher and Infinite Interactive struck gold when they released Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords on the Nintendo DS and PSP in 2007. The combination fantasy role-playing and 3-match puzzle game turned out to be wildly addictive. By the end of 2008 the game had appeared on every conceivable platform. Now the team at Infinite Interactive is looking to recapture that magic with its follow-up title, Puzzle Quest: Galactrix.
Excerpt: It's been a few years since Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords from D3 Publisher seemingly came from nowhere to mix Bejeweled puzzle gameplay with a fantasy RPG. Since then, we've seen quite a few ports, and it was reasonable to assume that we'd get a direct sequel. But D3 has really thrown gamers for a loop with their sequel, Puzzle Quest: Galactrix .
Summary: Like its predecessor, Puzzle Quest: Galactrix is a role-playing game of sorts in which turn-based battles play out on something resembling a Bejeweled board. Galactrix takes Puzzle Quest out of its original fantasy setting into the realm of sci-fi and, at first glance, it appears to retain and improve on much of what made the first game great.
Pros: At their best, battles can feel like games of chess
Cons: Far too many battles are decided by luck, No multiplayer matchmaking or leaderboards, Protagonist is almost impossible to care about, Story takes too long to get even remotely interesting