Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords Review

Most of the game is played out on the game board which is filled with different colored jewels, skulls, and coin stacks.  On the left side is your character and spells, and on the right side is your opponent and his spells.  Each of the jewels has a little design on them.  The skulls look like skulls, but they aren

If you

Controlling a game like Bejeweled is pretty easy.  All you do is select your square using the D-pad, hit X on the square, and then using the D-pad again to indicate which direction the icon should move.

Using the L and R buttons you can move to the left and the right side of the screen.  Here you can select the spells.  These do different things, such as removing all the purple icons and gaining all the experience from them.  Hitting Triangle brings up a short description of what the spell does.

Moving around the map is done with the D-pad and hitting X at a location.  Moving around is simple, but the overlay of your character profile and your quest screen occupies a large part of the screen making it difficult to see the areas of the map you are supposed to go to.

At the heart of the game, Puzzle Quest is an RPG.  You have statistics and an inventory.  You have items to carry and spells you can cast.  What differentiates most RPGs from each other is the battle, and the battle system in Puzzle Quest is unique.

When you start out, you start at a castle and learn about the game.  At the castle you get a little bit of dialogue to get familiar with your character and a little bit of training for combat.  You travel on the world map by placing your cursor on the area you want to go to.  If an exclamation point is over a map location, it means that quests are available.  A red exclamation point means that those quests available are a part of the main quest.  Large green exclamation points mean that the quests are side quests and aren

When you start the game, four different classes are available to play as in the main quest.  While changing the character doesn

Ron Burke is the Editor in Chief for Gaming Trend. Currently living in Fort Worth, Texas, Ron is an old-school gamer who enjoys CRPGs, action/adventure, platformers, music games, and has recently gotten into tabletop gaming. Ron is also a fourth degree black belt, with a Master's rank in Matsumura Seito Shōrin-ryū, Moo Duk Kwan Tang Soo Do, Universal Tang Soo Do Alliance, and International Tang Soo Do Federation. He also holds ranks in several other styles in his search to be a well-rounded fighter. Ron has been married to Gaming Trend Editor, Laura Burke, for 21 years. They have three dogs - Pazuzu (Irish Terrier), Atë, and Calliope (both Australian Kelpie/Pit Bull mixes).
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