Puzzle Quest coming to XBL; Wizard casts Mordenkainen’s Superfluous Sudoku

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Puzzle Quest, the game that has earned raved reviews for combining the sex appeal of thought puzzles with the hyper-masculinity of Tokienesque RPG questing, is coming to Xbox Live! Those of you who have played the game already are probably collapsed on the ground, drooling on yourself with glee, but for those who have yet to experience the almost-sexual satisfaction of Puzzle Quest, I have one word for you: No I don’t! I lied!

Back to whatever point I had, according to the press release we received earlier (the same one you can find after the jump), Puzzle Quest, Rocketbowl (the touching story of a bowl and his rocket), and Mad Tracks (the harrowing tale of the death of Dale Earnhardt) will all be released on XBL, after receiving the full high-def treatment, later this year.

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Premier publisher of interactive entertainment software, D3Publisher of America, Inc. (D3PA), will begin to bring titles to gamers through Xbox LIVE® Arcade later this year. Xbox LIVE Arcade on the Xbox 360 is the premier destination for digitally distributed, high definition original and classic games. The first three titles Xbox 360 owners can expect to see from D3PA on the service are Mad Tracks, a racing game that takes its inspiration from the pull-back-and-go toy cars of gamers youth, RocketBowl, Xbox LIVE Arcades first bowling game, which brings the fun of miniature golf to the bowling alley, and Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords, a downloadable version of the Nintendo DS and PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system game which blends match-three puzzle gameplay with strategy, character-building elements and a persistent storyline set in the beloved Warlords universe.

What ties all of D3PAs titles together are not genre or size of game or developer, but an unsurpassable element of fun, said Yoji Takenaka, executive vice president and chief operating officer, D3PA. We look forward to capitalizing on Xbox LIVE Arcades wide reach and ease of use to bring gamers unique titles that fit the bill of delivering the highest enjoyment factors.

Mad Tracks, RocketBowl and Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords are only the first of many games that D3PA plans to make available on Xbox LIVE Arcade, reinforcing the companys commitment to fostering strong relationships with developers of all sizes and helping them deliver their creations into the hands of the public. All three games also support the publishers primary aim to bring top-quality game experiences to the widest range of audiences possible; each will be quick to download, easy to pick up, but challenging to master thereby providing hours of gameplay.

Mad Tracks was developed by Load, Inc., Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords was developed by Infinite Interactive Pty. Ltd., and RocketBowl, an original Large Animal game, is being developed for Xbox LIVE Arcade by 21-6.

About D3Publisher of America, Inc

D3Publisher of America, Inc. is a subsidiary of D3, Inc. with headquarters in Tokyo, Japan. D3Publisher of Americas strategic focus is on licensed and original titles from leading third-party developers that appeal to mass-market consumers or gaming enthusiasts. Based in Los Angeles, D3Publisher of America distributes and publishes software for personal computers, major console platforms and handheld systems including Wii, Nintendo GameCube, Nintendo DS Game Boy® Advance, PlayStation® game console, PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system, PSP®®Portable) system, the Xbox® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft. For additional information on D3Publisher of America and its products, visit the website at http://www.d3publisher.us.

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