Excerpt: Every so often there is a game that comes in that takes us by storm. Every so often there is a game that becomes all the rage here at Family Friendly Gaming. Every so often a game comes along that grabs us and will not let go. Quarrel is one of those games. Quarrel is that every so often. Family Friendly Gaming was blessed with a download code for this game on the Xbox 360.
Excerpt: What would you get if you took the gameplay of Risk, but replaced the dice rolls with a word puzzle challenge? You'd get Quarrel, a fun little game in which words mean war. I'm sure that Risk is familiar to a lot of gamers, but for those of you who somehow missed playing the board game while growing up, the object of both Risk and Quarrel is to capture all of the territories on a map.
Conclusion: You are given control of these little creatures and depending on the number in your possession on each of your tiles or opponents tiles, is what determines the highest number of letters you can use for your words in any certain 'battle' that tile is involved in. Overall, this game is pretty fun and gives fairly easy achievements that for the most part are just time consuming.
Excerpt: When it launched on iPhone, it seemed like Quarrel had it all. A clever concept, sharp visuals and a chucklesome sense of British humour. Only developer Denki, in its infinite wisdom, slipped up and completely forgot to put a multiplayer mode in. This deeply competitive app was begging for the ability to fight with other humans.
Conclusion: As a straight-port with added multiplayer, developers Denki have done a decent job with Quarrel. Moving forward, there's plenty to build on in order to establish this as a successful series. When it comes down to business, Quarrel does its best to puff out its chest, but loses breath quicker than expected upon first playing. There's no doubt this is a charismatic, challenging and fun way to spend your time, if you don't mind some irritating tendencies along the way.
Excerpt: Though Quarrel made its first splash on smartphones, it was initially conceived as a Live Arcade game. Now it finally reaches its original target with new features to challenge eager wordsmiths. Quarrel plays out as a mixture of classic board games Scrabble and Risk — and yet, the result feels unique. Players take turns battling for control of the board, one territory at a time.
Pros: + A blend of Scrabble and Risk that actually works!
Excerpt: The developer of Quarrel struggled to find a publisher for this Xbox Live Arcade release, with the game landing on iOS first, and it would have been an absolute tragedy if someone hadn’t picked it up. Fortunately, Ignition came along and made the release happen on Xbox Live Arcade, and thank god that they did – the world is a better place with the colourful, charming and inventive game that is Quarrel .
Summary: Aside from the annoying sounds in the game and the lack of diverse gameplay, the game is fun and a good entry into the word-creation game genre. While I feel it could have been far more interesting and varied gameplay, it does what it does well enough.