If someone told you about a game that mixed both RPG and Puzzle elements all into one game, you’d probably be skeptical, right? You’d be right to question blending seemingly incompatible genres, but after Infinite Interactive’s brilliant Puzzle Quest, perhaps you’ll stop being such a cynic.
In Puzzle Quest, you are an Agrarian Knight trying to push back an undead plague that is threatening peace in your land. As you traverse the world, you will receive quests and come across enemies, which will result in you having to battle various high-fantasy creatures—orcs, skeletons, trolls, etc. But unlike actually fighting them on a battlefield like your traditional RPG, you will be battling on a traditional puzzle grid filled with various colors of gems (that give you mana for spells), skulls (to attack your opponent), gold, and experience pieces. In typical puzzler fare, matching three of the same pieces together allows you to clear them off the grid, while gaining the resources they provide. There is a tremendous amount of strategy to take into account, though, as you must consider the type of mana you need, as well as types of mana your opponent needs in order to best them. There is much more strategy to the game than just that, but for the sake of briefness, it goes without saying that this is an extremely deep, thought-provoking game throughout the experience.
Puzzle games have never suffered from a lack of addictiveness, but the amazing quality of the puzzle elements hooks you and then the RPG and story bits keep you sucked in and keeps you playing the game for “just one more” battle. A couple hours later, you’re still playing, wondering where your night went. While Puzzle Quest might not change your mind about puzzle games, if you’re at all a fan of the genre, you shouldn’t be reading this review right now—you should be buying the best puzzle game currently on the market.