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Puzzle Quest: Galactrix

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Clever role-playing/puzzle hybrid set in outer space.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The underlying story is about intergalactic conflict. The protagonist interacts with people that are both good and evil.

Violence

Violent events are discussed in the story including use of nuclear weapons and death threats.

Sex
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

This is part of the Puzzle Quest series of games.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Players will transport grapes for winemaking and may also deliver brandy.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that while the fundamental gameplay consists of lining up three colored hexagons in a row, there is considerable depth here. The story unfolds across a huge galaxy with the protagonist going on varied missions and interacting with a broad spectrum of other characters, both good and evil. There are also challenging logic, strategy, and resource management elements at play. Some of the story alludes to violent events such as the use of nuclear weapons, holy wars, and death threats.

What's it about?

A sequel to last year's Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords, PUZZLE QUEST: GALATRIX maintains the series' signature puzzles-meet-role-playing
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Is it any good?

QUALITY

It's difficult to do justice in words to just how absorbing this game is. The puzzles are very satisfying, and build in sophistication as the story progresses. Because the hexagonal shapes can be aligned from several angles, they also replenish from multiple directions, a point that factors into strategy. What's more, the type of hexagons matched represent uniquely different point values, so playing involves scanning quickly for patterns.

To add to the experience, leveling up your skills, upgrading your ships, and bartering for deals is all lots of fun. Finally, the story, told in dialogue with talk balloons and still graphics, has far more depth than you'd expect. In fact, a simple image and a bit of text sometimes offers a more compelling narrative than sophisticated computer graphics because the player must imagine the details.These characters and situations evoke Star Wars memories in terms of variety and moral spectrum.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the different challenges your character faces. He or she is a novice pilot who gains skill and experience through trade, scientific skill, and battle. The character is also caught within a realm where warring factions vie for resources and power. Are there real-world situations that mirror this setup? Why are you compelled to keep playing? Is it fighting priates? Selling cargo for ship upgrades? Hacking portals into new star systems where unknown missions await? Or, is it the basic pleasures of the puzzles themselves that drive you to continue the game?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo DS
Price:$29.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:D3Publisher of America
Release date:February 24, 2009
Genre:Action/Adventure
ESRB rating:E10+ for Violent references, Alcohol references

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Teen, 15 years old Written byEvan182 January 20, 2010

Puzzle Quest

It's not really violent since it's a puzzle game. So there really isn't any innapropriate content. It is a fun game and for 20 bucks, I would reccomend it. But you could get Bejeweld Twist for 20 also, which is a better game.
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