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6:15 PM on 01.13.2014

The first Puzzle Quest is $0.99 on Steam right now

I made it through the Puzzle Quest craze relatively unscathed, but others weren't so lucky. (Or, maybe they were, depending on your outlook.) If it's sheer hours of entertainment per dollar spent you're concerned with, this 4...

Jordan Devore


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12:00 PM on 05.23.2011

Nintendo DLC: I hope you like puzzle games

I like puzzle games, so the above headline wasn't meant to sound negative. It's just that if you don't dig puzzlers (or a DSiWare space shooter), you may want to move ahead to the next story, as that's all there is for Ninten...

Dale North

7:00 AM on 03.22.2011

RPGs and slot machines collide in Battle Slots

This is Battle Slots, a new title from Phantom EFX releasing for PC April 19th and making its way to consoles sometime later. The game appears to be taking a page from the Puzzle Quest playbook in that it's using a casu...

Conrad Zimmerman



Exclusive: A behind-the-scenes look at Mighty Milky Way photo
Exclusive: A behind-the-scenes look at Mighty Milky Way
by Jonathan Holmes

I recently went on a tear about how I'd like for more women in video games to throw off the shackles of gender concepts in favor of just being as interesting and genuine as possible. The female protagonists from WayForward are a perfect example of what I mean. Their female leads sometimes cute, sometimes beautiful, but always distinctly feminine, but without being defined solely by their gender.

Their next game, Mighty Milky Way is no different. It's planet hopping, gravity-based puzzle platformer about a little green alien girl who exudes confidence, charm, sex appeal, but most importantly, she clearly does things her own way. She hangs out with a T-Rex, beats up said T-Rex, and isn't afraid to spin some records after the fight.

Speaking of that T-Rex, the "pre-production artwork" you see above is evidence of how that character was designed. The little check mark on the right says it all. WayForward is the studio that's willing to give a hastily drawn picture of a cyborg dinosaur scribbled onto some lined paper the green light for an appearance in an up and coming videogame. That's my idea of a studio who knows how to have fun with the process of game development.

Read on for a better look at the intentions, concepts, ideas, and awesome doodles that went into the creation of Mighty Milky Way, courtesy of WayForward's Sean Velasco.

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4:00 AM on 01.04.2011

Casual publisher Firemint acquires Puzzle Quest dev

Australian developer Firemint, best known as a maker of iOS titles including the multi-million selling Flight Control, has announced today that they have acquired Puzzle Quest developer Infinite Interactive. Infinit...

Conrad Zimmerman



Win a code for Puzzle Quest 2 on Steam!  photo
Win a code for Puzzle Quest 2 on Steam!
by Hamza CTZ Aziz

[Update: Contest closed! Winners are HoodedMircale, D Sane, Wolfy-Boey, Script-br,  Syncmaster, zhadoba, manta, FreakinSatch, Reev and  Fisty Dollars!]

We're giving away ten codes for Puzzle Quest 2 on Steam thanks to the developers of the game, Infinite Interactive! They're currently going crazy with giveaways over on their Facebook page and now it's Destructoid's turn to share in the love!

In order to win a code, simply leave a comment with a suggestion for a new playable class in Puzzle Quest 2. There are four classes in Puzzle Quest 2 (Assassin, Barbarian, Templar and Sorcerer) but if you could add more, what would it be?

You have until August 20 at 11:59PM CDT to leave your suggestion below. No limit to entry but you must space out your submissions so that at least three other people have left a comment before entering again. We'll be randomly selecting ten comments to give a code to after the contest closes. Contest is open worldwide. Good luck!

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Review: Puzzle Quest 2 photo
Review: Puzzle Quest 2
by Nick Chester

Let’s be honest -- when Infinite Interactive released Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords in 2007, it didn’t reinvent the wheel. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to marry the addictive activities of gem-matching, leveling up, and butchering orcs with magic powers and broadswords. But make no mistake, by simply combining those elements, the Australian developer stuck gold. Many sleepless nights were spent matching skulls, and engaging “just one more” troll before putting the controller down for the night.

Infinite Interactive tried to follow up its success with Puzzle Quest: Galactrix, which introduced not only a sci-fi setting, but hex tiles and a somewhat convoluted gravity system. For a number of reasons -- off-putting mini-games and wins seemingly based on luck more than skill -- Galactrix failed to capture the imagination and attention of many fans of the original.

Now with the true sequel, Puzzle Quest 2, the developer brings back everything you loved about the original with a new coat of paint, and some new mechanics that don’t stray too far from the source material. The result is a game that feels wholly familiar, and like a homecoming for a series that nearly lost its way. But is that enough? For fans of the original, the answer is “please stop talking to me, I have a rat swarm to slay.”

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Free App of the Weekend: Puzzle Quest photo
Free App of the Weekend: Puzzle Quest
by Matthew Razak

Hello? Is thing on? Jim usually delivers the Free App of the Day, but he's not around so I'll try not to break this post while I'm using it. Man, it's a little hard to steer.

I won't lie. Most of the time when I read Jim's posts on these I never actually download the game because I'm lazy and already have enough things to play. This time will be no different, except for the fact that the reason I'm not downloading it is because I already bought Puzzle Quest and it's awesome.

If you haven't allowed yourself the pleasure of playing Puzzle Quest you have absolutely no excuse now because it's free right here thanks to FreeAppADay.com. While the iPhone version might not be the best version of the game it does come with content from the expansion pack and it's still a bunch of fun. Most importantly it is free for the weekend. As in you don't have to pay for it. Free. Free. Free. Free. Free. Free. Free. Free. Free. Free. Free. Free. Free. Free. Free. Free. Free. Free. Free. Free. Free. Free. Free. Free. Free. Free. Free. Free. Free. Free. Free. Free. Free. Free. Free. Free. Free. Free. Free. Free. Free. Free. Free. Free. Free. Free. Free. Free. Free. Free. Free. Free. Free. Free. Free. Free. Free. Free. Free. Free. Free. Free. Free. Free.

Crap. Sorry, Jim. I broke it.

[Thanks, bloosoda]

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Puzzle Quest 2's Tournament Mode is your new timesink photo
Puzzle Quest 2's Tournament Mode is your new timesink
by Dale North

In our earlier preview of Puzzle Quest 2 we told you how it would ruin your life with its new single-player questing mode and improved game play. But now that I've seen the Tournament mode in action, I think it has even more life- ruining potential than single player does.

If the words "...adds 50 percent defense for the next 12 turns" excites you, Puzzle Quest 2's Tournament mode is going to be up your alley. It sort of channels the nerdy pleasures of card games like Magic the Gathering and has hints the careful thought that goes into games like Chess. It's delightfully geeky, and much like the previously mentioned games, requires some serious time allocation.

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2:00 AM on 05.20.2010

Puzzle Quest 2 to find its way to the PC, iPad and iPhone

Oh Puzzle Quest, you were and still are awesome. But then along came Puzzle Quest: Galactrix and it just kind of stunk. What's the solution when trying new things doesn't work out? Back to basics with Puzzle Quest 2! And now ...

Matthew Razak

3:00 AM on 05.12.2010

Puzzle Quest 2 now has a release date

I like being able to schedule my time. It's very important to me. So, I always find it helpful when I can get a little advance notice on the fact that I'm going to be staring, glassy-eyed and drooling for a month or so. D3 Pu...

Conrad Zimmerman







GDC 10: Puzzle Quest 2 will ruin your life photo
GDC 10: Puzzle Quest 2 will ruin your life
by Dale North

Look, I knew I would be seeing Puzzle Quest 2 today, all day. My scheduled meeting was later in the afternoon, but  leading up to that time, I became increasingly nervous about finally getting my hands on the game. You see, the first Puzzle Quest made a sizable dent in my remaining lifespan. I have given too large a portion of my existence to this videogame. And the second one was supposed to be an even more focused version of the first? Oh no.

And then I finally played it. I played it for too long. They had to run me off. Oh no.

 

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8:20 AM on 11.30.2009

Puzzle Quest 2 revealed for Xbox LIVE Arcade, DS

Following the tease of its reveal in the upcoming GamePro (as part of its "Top Upcoming Sequels of 2010" story), D3 Publisher has revealed that Puzzle Quest 2 is slated for a spring 2010 release. So far the only platforms ann...

Nick Chester



Twitter Friday: Win a Puzzle Quest Galactrix code for PSN! photo
Twitter Friday: Win a Puzzle Quest Galactrix code for PSN!
by Colette Bennett

The glory of Twitter Friday RETURNS! I apologize for our absence, which is partially due to the madness of E3 and partially due to the fact that I just completely forgot last week. I beg your forgiveness and hope to make amends with this picture of buff birds. Aren't they sexy?

Anyway, this week we have six, count em, SIX Puzzle Quest Galactrix PSN codes to give away to you fine folks. In case you don't know how it works, all you do is go to the Destructoid Twitter account, follow us, and watch for the tweet that says we are ready to give a code away. Once you see one, reply and say "I want it!". Niero (who runs these things, by the way) will reply to the first person who says it and will send you a code, and will keep it up until all codes are given away. Yay! Free stuff rocks. Good luck, everyone!

Update:  The winners have been selected!  Congratulations to morning winners: GeoffHathaway, fyreball13, rodiard and our late afternoon galactic tacos: mannycalavera , Robotube , and Pyroph.  Didn't win it?  There's always next week! Thanks everyone -- keep an eye on our contest page for something special on Monday...

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8:00 PM on 04.14.2009

Game Debate to the Death! Puzzle Quest VS Henry Hatsworth

Last week was one of the closest debates we've ever had. For the first fifty to sixty comments there was a steady tie as both games refused to back down. Eventually one game's momentum brought home a win, but just barely...

Tom Fronczak

9:40 AM on 04.02.2009

Puzzle Quest: Galactrix hits Xbox LIVE Arcade on April 8

D3 Publisher has just confirmed with us that Puzzle Quest: Galactrix will be landing on Xbox LIVE Arcade next Wednesday, April 8. The title will support online multiplayer, matchmaking, leaderboards, voice chat, and all of th...

Nick Chester