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Empires & Puzzles: RPG Quest

By Chris Morris, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Fun match-3 game, but some adventure features fall flat.

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age 16+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 14+

Cash grab

This used to be a fantastic game. Now unless you are willing to pay to win its next to impossible to make any progress. All the events reward the people who are already too powerful with even more heroes and items to make the gap even wider. It's no fun when you lose every single fight and can't level up or gain better heroes without buying them. Every day there are new sales events and the cost is getting crazier each time. Don't bother starting to play this game unless you have extra $$$$ to spare
age 18+

If you like rigged games, I don't...

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Too much consumerism

Is It Any Good?

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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.

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