PUZZLE CHRONICLES

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THE STORY SO FAR:

Enter the dark and savage lands of the Ashurin Empire as you battle to avenge the atrocities the Empire brought upon your tribesmen in Puzzle Chronicles. On your heroic quest to topple the Empire, fight fierce beasts and battle-hardened warriors in this new puzzle/role-playing hybrid game. Featuring an active puzzle combat mechanic, deep story, and robust character development, Puzzle Chronicles brings you into the next era of puzzle RPGs.

THE CRITICISM

Publisher: Konami


Genre: RPG/Puzzle

THE BRASS TACKS

The general idea of Puzzle Chronicles is so promising because it copies the fundamental formula of puzzle gameplay and RPG adventuring contained in games such as Puzzle Quest. The game places the player in the role of a young Barbarian who is captured and sold into slavery, thus beginning the adventure of tracking down his former clan and saving the world from evil.

The game’s tutorial is meant to be your day to officially become a warrior. Soon after, however, your tribe is attacked in the night by a group of slavers lead by a horned daemon. Your entire tribe is sold into slavery including you. As luck would have it, however, the mysterious sorceress Morgana decides to buy your freedom in exchange for a favor later on down the road. She serves as your guide as you attempt to free your tribe mates and take your revenge on the horned daemon.

Items such as weapons and shields can’t be used at any time, they first have to be built by creating a four by four square of like gems and then destroyed via an action gem. Once you’ve done enough damage to move the bar close enough to your opponent to where they can’t stack gems any more the battle is over.


The problem with all of this is that it’s boring for a prolonged stretch. The 800 points required to purchase the game seems steep for something so repetitive. It’s fun, don’t get me wrong. It’s just that the game can stretch on and on for an eternity. If you’re looking for a quick play, pick it up. Everyone else should avoid it.

THE BREAKDOWN

  • Final Score: 85% – C+

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