Puzzle Quest might very well be the most addictive video game ever created. If anyone would’ve told you that you’d get hooked on what was basically a revamped version of Bejeweled for hours and hours on end, would you have believed them? But it’s what happened to tons of gamers when it was released on the PSP and Nintendo DS last year, and then on Xbox Live Arcade. There’s really no rhyme or reason to it, it’s a very silly, simple game, but you can’t put it down once. You ever see Tetris blocks floating behind your eyelids when trying to go to sleep after a marathon play session? That happens with this game too.
How goddamn addicting is Puzzle Quest? I own it for the PSP and was one click away from purchasing the XBLA version (for the multiplayer, of course) when it was released, before I threw my controller down at the last second and fell away from the console like a junkie kicked down into the gutter by an annoyed dealer. I’m still friggin’ considering getting it.
And now, they’re pulling us back in again, with Puzzle Quest: Galactrix. Coolest part about this sequel is that it’s not dorky swords and sorcery shit like trolls and goblins and riding on rats. Instead you’ll have a sci-fi environment to go around, which…uh, well alright, it’s got plenty of dorky potential.
In Puzzle Quest: Galactrix a horrifying scientific accident has provoked another race to attempt extermination of humankind; players will create a persistent pilot who gains skills, crafts items, maneuvers among the universe’s political factions, and upgrades the ultimate space fleet as they attempt to end the genocide. An innovative hexagonal puzzle board allows for a wide range of strategic depth as it heeds to gravity according to a player’s location in the game universe. A rich and detailed storyline and fresh gameplay elements make the world of Puzzle Quest: Galactrix a captivating new adventure to explore and conquer.
Hexagonal! Interesting. The game will apparently have less of a story with less text to scroll through (nice) and the blocks will seem to fall less in favor of the computer than it did in the original Puzzle Quest. We all know the scourge of skull blocks that would always fall for those bastards…
It’s still under development with no release date set yet, but it’s going to be hitting the PC, Nintendo DS, and Xbox Live Arcade. Get ready to lose everyone and everything you hold dear…. for a few weeks, at least.