I really enjoyed the first Puzzle Quest (fantasy) and couldn't wait for the scifi version to come out. I have not been disappointed. I'm still addicted to it two weeks after starting to play. In general, PQG is a match three game with a plot line. You work for the MRI, piloting a ship around the galaxies, taking on missions. You accomplish missions to gain credits to buy things and to gain intelligence points which determine your level which determines how much power and shield energy you have when you go into battle. Some missions are easy - transport this thing there - but missions get more difficult as you move through the plot. The "white" missions all appear to be take 'em or leave 'em. I've ignored a couple without consequences. The "yellow" missions are critical and must be done to move on in the story. In each area of play, there is a different match three game you must solve to continue, and they get harder depending on what you are trying to accomplish. For example, to open a leapgate between galaxies, you must match certain colors in a specific order in a certain time. The more important the galaxy you are trying to get to, the harder the match three is - more matches and/or less time. There are different match three games for each area - battles, haggling to buy or sell items, mining asteroids to gain cargo, crafting an item (anything from a weapon to a ship), and so on. For haggling, you start with a grid of 55 gems. You must match three as many gems as possible. Depending on the number of gems left, you get 0% to 75% discount for buying or upsale for selling. The highest I've gotten is 40%. The advantage is, you can keep trying over and over again until you get a discount that suits you. Note that if you want to buy a ship and need to sell your current ship to have enough credits, the game will not let you sell your only ship. I bought a cheap ship, sold my regular ship, bought the big ship, then sold the cheap ship. Seemed a roundabout way to upgrade, but I couldn't find another way to do it. Here's my one complaint about the game - I couldn't find anything to tell me what you're trying to accomplish in the match three for getting rumors. All of the other match threes are obvious - match red to gain weapon power, blue for shields in battles, etc. I finally had to look online for a clue. So, here it is - you are trying to match disks without letting the nuclear-looking disks match three. You have a certain number of rounds to get through before you can access the rumor. For most games you must have a particular crew member on board. For example, to open a leapgate, you must have ED24 as a crew member. The crew members are easily recruited as you move on through the story. If you like match three games or if you loved the first Puzzle Quest, this game is for you. There is much to accomplish, but you can also just play match three games if that's what you want to do. Have fun!
yes: I recommend this product