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Puzzlegeddon (PC)

Puzzlegeddon (PC)

There are a huge variety of puzzle games available in 2009 and most of us have played at least a handful, such as Jewel Quest or 7 Wonders which all fit into the ‘match 3’ formula which proves so popular with the mass public. Pieces Interactive have a new title out called Puzzlegeddon which may be a fun game to play in the run up to the holidays … as it costs only $10 it won’t break the bank either.

Instead of following the standardised match 3 formula, Puzzlegeddon requires you to match five or more and believe it or not the results are actually pretty good fun. In a nice sidestep from the normal methodology you are free to manipulate pieces on the puzzle grid along both vertical and horizontal lines until you hit upon the configuration that will match the most blocks. Once this is set you press the right mouse button to activate your preconfigured setup and then the matched blocks disappear and those at the top will fall down hopefully causing multi chain followup matches.

The main objective of the game isn’t just to clear a board or reach a high score, it is competitive – by matching blocks you fill various power up meters which allow you to unleash special attacks at enemies placed around the planet world environment. The higher the level of each meter then the more powerful the ability. As you play you are able to fire different kinds of missile attacks which interrupt opponents matching abilities and boost your own strength as well as reflecting their incoming attacks. Puzzle chain linking is a strong point of the overall methodology as you can create some big combinations and chain power ups to get bigger scores. You can obviously just charge through them all as fast as possible but you won’t be filling up your meters as effectively by doing so.

A strong focus of the game methodology is competition and the game has two primary battle modes. In either time based Deathmatches or Battle Royals you will face up to five enemies who will be matching while you play against them. This means they can launch volleys and interrupts of their own doing and if you can’t play online (or don’t want to), then offline you can add bots in various difficulty levels to simulate a real life player v player battle. Unfortunately if you raise the level to the top settings then I found that some of the bot players can ‘cheat’ a little by gaining access to their abilities faster than seems possible (or fair).

Playing against human opponents is the best option however as there is nothing quite as satisfying as taking on equally skilled players, unfortunately however there appears to be a shortage of people playing online. Only a few times I tried was I able to get a match against someone else, which is not really an ideal position to be in. Playing offline in Poison Peril mode is interesting as you have to line up matching blocks from one end of the board to the other or matching only specific types of block. After a while you will have no moves left and the final score will be posted on a leaderboard.

Graphically the game is not bad at all as the animations and graphical implementation are very well handled with bright cartoony colours which are vibrant and appealing. The style is very clean and when combined with funky little tunes the overall presentation quality is very high indeed.

Puzzlegeddon is a game which I can feel I can recommend to anyone who likes a puzzle game for a few hours in the evening or even between work based projects. The core game mechanic is addictive and quite often you will find yourself saying “ok then, just one more”. For $10 it is hard to fault, I just wish there were more online options as playing against real people always seals the deal for me.

Gameplay
85

Solid and a lot of long term fun.
Graphics
80
Very stylised and clean. Works well within the context of the game.
Sound
78
Catchy little tunes that suit the game framework perfectly.
Value
88
Come on its only 10 bucks.
Overall
83

Puzzle fans will love it.

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Stuart Davidson

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