Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords (Wii)

January 28, 2012 4 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords is one of the most addictive games I’ve ever played, with a slick combination of RPG elements and Bejeweled style gameplay. The concept is RPG based, with assorted classes available, upgrades in armor, spells, and items, plus a vast land to explore. But when the battles unfold, you don’t exchange punches or spells in the normal fashion, instead you slide into puzzle mode. The concept is a little offbeat, but it works and then some. I played Puzzle Quest from start to finish on PSP and while it took a while, I enjoyed every second. The story follows your warrior on a series of quests, some for the main plot, others optional, on what becomes a large scale adventure. You’ll meet and add new members to your party, pick up new weapons, but the core of Puzzle Quest remains the same.

As Puzzle Quest has been released on numerous formats, from PSP to DS to X-Box Live Arcade, this Wii version has some stiff competition. As it turns out, while this is the most expensive version of Puzzle Quest, it isn’t the best version, but if Wii is your only option, the game is still fun. The first disappointment is that no widescreen mode is available, which is a head scratcher, even for the Wii. The graphics look fine, but the battle scenes are limited to a small center portion of the screen, which combined with less than ideal controls, can present problems. The nunchuck and Wiimote should be used together for the best results, but even then, you might make some mistakes during battle, which can be frustrating. Despite these drawbacks, the game itself remains rock solid and as fun as ever. I do think other, less expensive versions offer a more enjoyable experience, but if you only have a Wii, Puzzle Quest is still well worthwhile.

Video: How does it look?

As I mentioned above, there is no widescreen mode available and that is a let down. I know we don’t expect the same level of visual performance out of the Wii as we do other next generation systems, but ample Wii games have widescreen presentations and this one should have also. The other downfall is the battle scenes, which as I said are limited to a small portion of the screen and that can be a hindrance. Aside from those concerns, the graphics look fine, but won’t dazzle. The colors are bright and the visuals look clear, so no other concerns.

Audio: How does it sound?

The audio sounds much like the other versions, which means repetitive and unremarkable. The music sounds good and adds to the experience, but it is handled with no transitions, which can lessen those moments. In technical terms, all the elements sound fine and no problems seem to arise. The sound effects are rather basic, but come through well and as I said, the music is quite good, just poorly handled at times. So in the end, solid audio in all respects.

Supplements: What are the extras?

Puzzle Quest offers a local multi-player option, in case you want to play with a friend.

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