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Wednesday, April 18th, 2007
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I haven't wanted to say anything, but I think I'm finally free of that virus I got last week. At least it wasn't appendicitis.

I've been playing Puzzle Quest on the DS pretty much constantly, even though I find it annoying. Unlike Puzzle Pirates, there's only one kind of puzzle. Whatever it gains from ripping off Bejeweled is lost because you have to take turns against the CPU, which is only handicapped by being programmed to occasionally "miss" moves. And watching the computer get bonus turn after bonus turn after bonus turn is pretty frustrating too.

On the other hand, I can't really put it down. So there's something to say for bolting a generic RPG onto a simple, repetitive gameplay mechanism.
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[User Picture]From: casey
2007-04-18 09:55 pm (UTC)
If anything I feel more accomplished when I succeed against the AI, since it's so plainly calculating what all of the combos are ahead of time and figuring out what the best option is.

Also, I think the turn-based aspect of it can be even more interesting than Bejeweled originally was-- sometimes there's only one move left on the board and that move will set up a big combo or damage move for the next person, so I get into a competition with the CPU to see who can use spells longer and waste turns until someone has to make the setup move. It would be more interesting against a human, though, since our combo-recognizing ability isn't as finely tuned. :P

I thought having the different mechanics for capturing, forging, and learning spells was a good idea to help mix the gameplay up. I wish that Sieging and Rune-finding were different, though. Especially Sieging.
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[User Picture]From: kvance
2007-04-19 05:27 am (UTC)
Supposedly you can get good runes, but I have a hard time doing them since it's yet another battle and there's no guarantee you'll get anything useful out of it.
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[User Picture]From: casey
2007-04-19 02:39 pm (UTC)
I can understand that. I've forged a couple rune items but find them to be inferior to other items that I get.

I've been a real completist for no real reason in this game. I've picked up every rune from the beginning area up to the land of the Minotaurs and have seiged every city up to that point except for the Dragonrealm. I've also done every side quest and generally do them the "honorable" way (i.e. not keeping items when I create them or whatever) because it seems like that results in a permanent stat bonus, whereas with the special items you end up replacing them with another item a little ways down the road.
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