A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Violence & Scariness
The game offers an unusual take on fantasy warfare, making players face off against ogres and trolls not with swords and axes, but rather via Bejeweled-style puzzles. No violence is seen, but fighting is vaguely alluded to in pictures that show characters holding weapons and through discussions in which combat is a topic.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A wee bit of innocent flirtation.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this is a simple Bejeweled-style puzzle game with the unusual quirk of having been spread over a fantasy role-playing game framework. In other words, players alternate between reading lots of text about a fantasy kingdom in peril and playing puzzle games against Artificial Intelligence (AI) opponents. It is free of coarse language, lewd themes, antisocial behavior, and violence (save the occasional vague reference to fighting in text dialogue). Note, however, that the Xbox 360 edition offers the option to play online. Common Sense Media does not recommend online play for kids under age 12.
Is It Any Good?
The aim of this unique game is to provide purpose to the otherwise monotonous experience of stringing together three similar icons to make them disappear, over and over again, puzzle after puzzle. And while it takes a bit of imagination to get used to the idea of puzzles supplanting battles, the role-playing shtick does provide a kind of contextual framework and grander objective to puzzle-solving that's missing from just about every other game in the genre. You'll likely find yourself propelled from one puzzle to the next not just because the puzzles are fun (which they are), but also because you feel that recognizable RPG itch to keep playing just a little longer until you level up your character one more time.
And it's a good thing that added incentive exists; Puzzle Quest offers dozens of hours worth of puzzle-solving, which, even with a moderately engaging story to help drive things along, can make things a bit repetitive.
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