Summary: Gyromancer hits the ball out of the park in every department a puzzle game should – the challenging mechanics and rewards make the title addictive and there is a score of replayability in this seemingly simple title. You’ll find some kinks in the game’s storytelling and the title is far from original, but PopCap and Square Enix have managed to craft an extremely solid downloadable title.
Summary: Gyromancer is a new puzzle-RPG developed in collaboration between Square Enix and PopCap. With a blend of puzzle elements from the PopCap Games puzzle hit Bejeweled Twist™ and the RPG mastery of Square Enix, Gyromancer is an all-new experience that defines the puzzle-RPG genre.
Excerpt: Do you like Bejeweled? Do you like Pokemon? Do you like RPGs too? Have you ever wondered what it would be like to bring the three together? Well look no further. PopCap Games and Square-Enix have come together to bring you an experience not unlike several others. Enter Gyromancer, a puzzle RPG that melds fantasy and puzzle. It has conquest, intrigue, magic, monsters, and bosomy female characters. Is this the puzzle RPG you have been dreaming of all your life?
Conclusion: To be fair, Gyromancer’s gameplay, that being the puzzle element of the game is solid. Bejeweled Twist always was. So if you own an Xbox 360 and you want to play Bejeweled Twist then you could do a lot worse than spending the 1200 points on it. However if you’ve got a PC, and if you’re reading this you obviously do, then you might be better served to just buy Bejeweled 2.
Excerpt: The biggest complaint about the puzzle-RPG hybrid game Puzzle Quest was that all the enemies seemed to be cheating, making moves that triggered gem chains that weren’t even on the board. So when Square Enix and PopCap teamed up to produce a new Bejeweled -based RPG, they made opponents passive combatants. If you lose a fight in Gyromancer , it’s because of your own negligence rather than any AI strategy.
Conclusion: Concept: Mix Bejeweled Twist with Square Enix fantasy stylings
Graphics: Gorgeous character and monster art accompany bright magical flashes of color
Sound: Music is entertaining, but repetitive
Playability: The simple gem twisting mechanic is straightforward and easy to understand
Entertainment: A diverting variation on the familiar gem matching concept