Empires & Puzzles: RPG Quest

App review by
Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Fun match-3 game, but some adventure features fall flat.

Parents say

age 17+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 2 reviews

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Ease of Play

The match-three core of the game is fairly well known now -- and the game will give you hints (quickly) if you get stuck. 


The point of the game is to kill enemies, but there's no blood and vanquished foes vanish in a puff of smoke. Some of the baddies are a little fierce looking, though, and could scare young players. 


Heroines wear outfits that show plenty of cleavage. 


The game very aggressively pushes "special offers" for players. You'll quickly run through the energy points used for each round. Dedicated players will be tempted to spend cash to buy more. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Empires & Puzzles: RPG Quest is a match-three puzzle game with role-playing elements for iOS and Android devices. The majority of the game, including player vs player battles, is done in the match-three style. But players also will build and maintain a base, collecting and using resources in between battles. While the game's built around combat, the style takes any objectionable violence out of the mix. Female characters are shown in revealing outfits, though. The game also aggressively pushes in-app purchases and forces players to recharge energy after a few rounds, which will test the patience of some. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byrickhuneter April 15, 2020
Parent Written bynuenjins May 23, 2019

"Pay to win" game can be a decent downtime escape for some.

Out of all the "phone games" I tried, this is the only one I play. In my unique situation where I often have downtime and incremental short breaks, th... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written bykingliamthegreat February 4, 2021

everyone says it is pay to win, this is wrong

i have never paid a single penny and am coming along well in the game with a strong team. yes, it benefits you to pay, but it is not necessary.
there is a swear... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byCircus baby23 January 7, 2019

Great game but

This game is all about puzzles but there is a chat and people say some things....... Also this game test your patience and that can be frustrating. But overall... Continue reading

What's it about?

EMPIRES & PUZZLES: RPG QUEST is a game with a medieval setting, where players initially face off against a powerful overlord and his minions. The storyline quickly goes by the wayside in favor of the combat, a clever use of the match-three game style. Here, you connect three (or more) identical icons, which are then used to attack enemies at the top of the screen. Depending on the enemy, certain icons are more powerful than others. In between rounds, you can build out your base camp, where you gather resources and train new heroes to expand your options when fighting. In-game heroes see their powers charge as you match three icons, which give you special attacks. Player vs. Player (PvP) combat is handled in a match-three style as well, with enemy troops automatically fighting back against your heroes. If all of your heroes are killed by enemies, you lose the round. 

Is it any good?

There are really two games in one here in this puzzle/role-playing game (RPG) -- one that's great, one that's not. Empires and Puzzles: RPG Quest does a great job of adding an action element to the match-three gameplay style. It's fun, addicting, and (as you get deeper into the game) challenging enough to hold your attention. The effectiveness of matching certain icons varies per battle, with certain icons being more powerful than others against enemies. That's a really fun twist that makes you think carefully before you act. And PvP is different than any other game in this style. Special attacks from heroes add another layer to a familiar formula. If this was the entirety of the game, it'd be an absolute winner. 

It's not, though. Empires and Puzzles: RPG Quest also has a base building and resource gathering game mode that feels out of place and clunky. It never feels essential to the game. And you'll find yourself itching to get back to the action. But the problem is that every round costs action points. And you only have so many (which recharge over time). So you're forced to play in short bursts or lay out cash. Plus, there's no single-price option to do away with that. These issues drag the game from great to good. But if you're willing to put up with time gates that aggressively push you to pay to play, or features that just don't seem necessary, Empires & Puzzles: RPG Quest will keep your match-3 attention for a while.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about violence in video games. Is the impact of violence in Empires & Puzzles: RPG Quest affected by the lack of graphic visuals? Would the impact be intensified if the visuals were more realistic?

  • Do you feel the need to pay for more gameplay time when the energy for your characters runs out, or can you wait for it to refresh over time?

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