Back in 2007 I got dangerously hooked on Puzzle Quest, then on my DS. Despite being a mix of two things I wasn’t that keen on – puzzles and fantasy RPGs – I found I couldn’t put it down. The story was pretty basic, but gaining abilities and the feeling of relief at beating the generic fantasy opponents was palpable, while defeat was crushing.
Worryingly, the sequel Galactrix is on its way. Worse still, Infinite Interactive have put a flash demo up for you to try. The new game features the same mix of puzzle and role playing, but has a slightly different puzzle dynamic and a new futuristic setting.
The demo is only one level, and shouldn’t take too much effort to beat, but it gives you a good idea of the game. Swap blocks around to create lines of three or more to destroy them. Different colors give you different abilities – a row of mines will damage your opponent, or red blocks charge your laser – to help you attack and defend during the puzzle powered battles.
I think this sequel looks even better than the original – the new gravity affected mechanics haven’t diminished its addictive qualities at all. There’s no release date yet for the game, which is coming out on all major format, but it’s expected in the next couple of months. You can kiss your free-time goodbye now…