I loved the first Puzzle Quest, despite its shortcomings. I only lasted a few hours with Puzzle Quest: Galatrix, so I wasn't too excited about this one. I tried it on the 360 first, and the Puzzle Quest 2 interface really didn't do it for me in that setting. On the DS, however, it's much more natural...moving to pre-set spots on a screen seems much less silly when you're using a stylus (compared to an xbox contoller, where I was wondering why I couldn't just move around freely). This game doesn't have as much of that "If I don't allocate my stats perfectly then I'll run into encounters that completely trounce me" that the first game had. I've had a few encounters that I had to take a few attempts at before I got a creature down, but that's been the exception, not the rule. Still, I'm getting close to L40 and I find that nearly every encounter takes...a while. I basically do an encounter (or clear a room), try to progress a quest a bit, then turn off the DS when I run into another room I have to clear. It's just getting tedious to keep having to fight, at this point. Still, the game is fun, the upgrade system is nice (although I wish the game would offer more guidance so I don't feel like I'm wasting materials) and the variety of encounters (picking locks, searching rooms, discovering spells) is fun. PS., I mostly wrote this review because I don't think this game's a 10. I was poking around the Gamestop site, looking for high-rated games to try, and noticed that this game only had a couple ratings, both 10s. I don't want people to think that Puzzle Quest 2 is going to be something revolutionary or fantastic....because it's fun, but far from phenomenal.
yes: I recommend this product