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.
Summary: Anyone looking for a fun game to play with a “friend” online should enjoy
. It’s just ridiculous that once again, there’s no way to play it locally with an actual real-life friend. And watch out for that computer – no matter how good you think you’re doing, the thing will pull a rabbit out of its binary coded hat and magically defeat you
every single time
Pros: A fun game with really, really cute characters., Finally! An online game to play with “friends” (obviously not friendly enough to come over to your house!) that doesn’t require shooting them.
Cons: The computer cheats., The computer cheats., The computer cheats like MAD. No ifs ands or buts about it., A game based on vocabulary should be developed by someone who actually has and utilizes a vocabulary. Certain real words are not acknowledged, but slang, improper pluralization, sound effects and literally made up words, are, . Yeah, that’ll be easy to beat., No local multiplayer. Yet again, it’s the same directive: don’t have real friends, just strangers whose...
Summary: Taking over the world through tactical force in the board game Risk is very different from dismantling your opponent through clever word usage in Scrabble, but what if these two seemingly disparate ideas could be combined into one game? Quarrel accomplishes that feat, and the result is a challenging Xbox Live game that proves to be addictive whether you're playing against fiendish computer opponents, dastardly friends, or cunning online strangers.
Excerpt: Apple’s iOS platform has become extremely popular in its years of availability. It’s a good service that allows for people who want to play bite size games on their travels. These games draw you in with simple addictive gameplay or the convenience of a quick five minute pick-up and play session.
Conclusion: The Short Version: Denki did right to stick to their guns, and have produced a fiercely addictive word puzzler that's as deep as it is accessible. Quarrel is great to look at, its interface simple to traverse, and you're never restricted by its vocabulary . Despite a niggle or two, at 400msp this is an absolute steal.
Pros: Accessible but deceptively deep gameplay, Absolutely huge vocabulary, At 400msp, it's great value for money
Cons: Sound design is patchy, Achievement choices are a little odd, Often hard to find an online match