My sisters and I found Puzzle Kingdoms at a local GameStop, and we love it. In the campaign, you're battling with a variety of troops and heroes, and every battle is a puzzle. Every move you make affects your own troops as well as your opponent's. I really enjoy that every move must be made thinking of both your offensive and your defensive. You must calculate the pros and cons, discerning whether it will help you or the other side more. Throughout the campaign, you can unlock new troops (a variety are available, from men to dragons, dwarfs to demons, pegasuses to catapults) through puzzles. Different ones require different colored power-ups from the puzzle to be able to attack. They have various defense and attack skills, that are affected by the equipment that you provide your hero. This equipment is also unlocked through puzzles. Each time you defeat a new kingdom, you can reach new troop and equipment puzzles to enhance your army. The options and customization get even better. Each time you enter a new kingdom to attack, you select which heroes, troops, and relics you wish to use. Upon selecting heroes, you select the spells and equipment they'll have available during battles. Each time you conquer a kingdom, you can customize it with troops and heroes. All of these things are worth a certain amount of points, so what you can have depends on the kingdom that you're customizing. It's great to organize your own attack force and abilities, and fairly simple once you get the gist. I've had no problem what-so-ever with saving. Whether you're in a kingdom on the attack, or working on adding to your army and equipment, the only time that you can't save is when you're in the middle of a puzzle. Even then, you can close out without too much loss and save your game. Also, when you're in a battle, nothing can happen if you set the controller down to take care of something. You take a turn, your opponent takes a turn. No baddies are going to come up and surprise you while you aren't looking. The storyline isn't ultra prominent, but it's engaging with a hint of comedy thrown in, here and there. I've definitely got a couple laughs, but it's suitably serious and encourages you on, as you're ultimately freeing kingdoms with a little tough love. A great bonus is the music, which is beautiful and has its epic moments. There's also multiplayer mode, where you can battle against your friends and/or family. There are various levels of combat, allowing simple battles with small troops, heroes and spells, to complex battles with advanced troops, heroes, and up to four spells to play with. It gives you these things at random, dependent on what difficulty you select. A nice set-up, in my opinion. Overall, I love this game. I can pick it up and set it down easily enough, but I always come back to it. It engages my mind and has a good level of difficulty, naturally increasing as you go through the game and power up. I would recommend it to anyone who likes strategy/thinking through their games and fantasy. One last note: This isn't a quicky game. It'll last and develop as you go, with lots of options. I have yet to play through the entire game, but I completely expect it to keep getting better, as it has for the past while. Totally worth the money.
yes: I recommend this product