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.
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: 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 .
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: 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.
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Conclusion: There is also a crafting match game garnering components for device and ship building, this is another nice diversion for fans of design-your-own-bibs-and-bobs. The 2D graphics and cartoon bubble dialogue are all that is needed in a game such as this. The main match games are clearly set-out with only the Leapgate hack issues being compounded by screen obscuring explosions of the current match as you search for your next move.
Pros: Hex match games add fresh level of strategy, Depth without stupid levels of management, It's PuzzleQuest! In space!
Cons: LeapGates require luck to solve rather than skill, LeapGate timed hacks grate against PuzzleQuest design