Puzzle Quest DS: Casual is the new Hardcore
Puzzle Quest DS is one of those rare breed of games that manages to mix two astonishingly different genres yet manages to pull it off successfully. Whoever thought that mixing RPGs and match-3 puzzle games would ever work? Well I did, and i was on my way to making one, but that’s neither here nor there.
One thing I know for sure is that Puzzle Quest is the kind of game Nintendo have been dreaming of since they hatched the idea of “broadening” the market and gaming demographic. The Puzzle elements are as tight as can be (after 5-odd years bejewelled clones, it damn well better be) and the RPG elements are pretty solid as well. Aside from choosing from a character class (ie Warrior, druid, knight, etc.) you’re also given the chance to level up your skills, buy items and weapons, and go on quests. The storyline is pretty generic RPG stuff. Save this dude, go see your father, send this message to the emperor, the undead are attacking us, and trolls too wtf.
So anyway, you win the casuals with the Puzzle stuff, and you win the nerds with the RPG stuff, it’s just a sure win all around. One on one battles with your friends is the icing on the cake and trust me, you can never get too much of that icing.