Puzzle Quest: Challenge Of The Warlords
is not just a solid puzzle-game, it has a solid yet simple RPG system as well. Usually with smaller games that try to combine two genres, you get what I like to refer to as "The Fly" effect. On the surface everything seems to be great, but soon into the game, things start to change and what seemed like a great idea at the time begins to horribly mutate into some chimera of evil. Either way, it is a three day bender to get the image of a naked Jeff Goldblum out of my head, but I digress. With Puzzle Quest: Challenge Of The Warlords
, I didn't get that at all. I know other games, and even huge games, have tried to incorporate simple puzzles into standard RPG play, with severe "The Fly" effects. One element or another intrudes on one another. I have my philosophies on why, but here we will leave it at the fact that they got it right on every level.
Puzzle Quest: Challenge Of The Warlords was so addictive and engrossing that I literally didn't want to put the controller down to write this. With the XBOX LIVE format, I really hope to see add-ons and expansions soon and often. I am going to replay the game all of the way through with the different classes; it is just that kind of game that you are sorry to see end. Multiplayer is OK, but they got the storyline system right, and I just want more.
This is the game that every hardcore game-playing boyfriend has been whining about to bring their more casual game-playing counterparts into the larger gaming picture or even RPG world. Do not pass this opportunity up!