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Puzzle Quest: The Legend Returns

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Amusing tactical puzzle game with implied fantasy violence.

Game Nintendo Switch 2019
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Younger players might not believe it, but you used to be able to play a match-3 game without spending tons on microtransactions or waiting for lives to refill on hard levels. Puzzle Quest: The Legend Returns comes from this long forgotten era. It's designed to test the player's puzzle solving skills rather than the depth of their patience and pocketbook. Luck still plays a role -- sometimes the jewels just don't fall in your favor -- but strategic players will most often be rewarded for taking the time to make smart moves and choosing just the right moments to deploy powerful spells that, say, change the color of certain gems or clear entire rows. Should you happen to run across a particularly challenging boss, there's no need to worry about running out of lives and being forced to wait to keep playing because -- get this -- there's no end to your lives!

More than all this, the game provides purpose to the match-3 puzzle formula. Each battle helps progress the story, and each win comes with rewards of coins, experience, and sometimes even items and gear. The storytelling isn't on the same level as a great fantasy book or film, but character interactions are brief -- providing, if nothing else, a welcome break between lengthy puzzle battles. You'll also have the opportunity between fights to spend points on your magic abilities, forge and equip new gear, and even construct buildings that will open new crafting and information-gleaning possibilities. And while returning players might be disappointed that this is a remaster rather than a sequel, know that there's still plenty of new content -- including several original character classes and more than 100 new quests -- that meaningfully alters and augments the experience. Puzzle Quest: The Legend Returns is an excellent match-3 puzzler that will remind players that such games weren't always designed to be an endless drain on your wallet.

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