Excerpt: I, like everyone else out there, was astonished when two summers ago, Puzzle Quest: Challenge Of The Warlords, an out-of-nowhere game from an out-of-nowhere company, turned out to be a must-play, must-buy game. Sure, it was just a Bejeweled clone with an RPG twist, but it had heart.
Excerpt: The creators of Puzzle Quest have now brought us Puzzle Kingdoms. This puzzle game has a medieval storyline involving magic, famine, drought, and a polytheistic belief system. The puzzle action has a grid where blocks are inserted from the sides. All sides allow for entrance, and the screen shows which block will be entering if touched. Make troops, march them on opposing outposts and defeat them.
Summary: Puzzle Kingdoms is a fun, addictive and tactical puzzle hybrid game, but you wouldn’t know it from looking at it. The learning curve is steep and it’s ugly, so people picking the game up for the first time might not even give it a chance to shine. If you can put up with the poor presentation and difficulty level then the game is worth the price of admission.
Summary: Zoo Games' Puzzle Kingdoms is a new interpretation of the deep puzzle genre that raises the level of play beyond the standards of casual gaming by integrating a fantasy storyline with engaging strategy and tactical puzzle gameplay.
Conclusion: Because the story and core mechanics are basically the same on both the Wii and DS, your decision will boil down to whether you want to play the game at home or on the go. Either way, you can't go wrong for the asking price. If you're willing to ignore the production values, you'll find an addictive adventure worthy of the "from the creators of Puzzle Quest" moniker that is so proudly displayed on the Puzzle Kingdoms box art.
Conclusion: Puzzle Kingdoms did a great job of surprising me out of nowhere with yet another great title from Infinite Interactive. Though the production values seemed a little rushed at times, the core gameplay was there and the variations were enough to keep me playing. Still, the DS is the ideal system to play the game on since you can bring it anywhere and play in the short spurts that it's meant to be played in.
Summary: Fortement inspiré de Puzzle Quest, Puzzle Kingdoms est un jeu de réflexion très agréable à jouer et relativement homogène. Sa difficulté le destine cependant plutôt aux joueurs spécialisés qu'à un public dit "casual".