Well, it has been a few weeks, or maybe even months since I gave you a heads up about a new iOS game release called Puzzle Knights, that is essentially a cross between a match three game and a combat RPG. An odd mix, it’s true. Well, Puzzle Knights is now available for free on the apple store.
Seeing as it is free and takes a matter of seconds to download I figured I’d give it a whirl and for absolutely no charge, write a little review about it. Call it a public service, that I am offering to you free of charge.
Right, Puzzle Knights is split up into three areas. The first area is your match three game. Swap symbols around until you match symbols of three or more. Every time you do this you fill your energy bar. The higher the energy bar the more ‘moves’ you can make during the combat turn.
Well, you have your energy but before you can dive straight into the combat, you need to pre-plan what your moves are going to be. You can queue up to five different moves for your knight to perform, and they will rotate through them until either you or your opponent is defeated. There are three moves, attack, defend and counter attack. To be honest with you, I am not entirely sure of the strategy to which moves to use. I believe it must play out a little like rock, paper scissors. All I know is that my ‘strategy’ of attack, attack, attack, defend, counterattack seems to work nearly all the time.
Right, now you’ve chosen your fight strategy the battle to begin. The battles are played out automatically, with each contender running down their list of moves until one or other of them runs out of health and dizzily falls to the ground. The animations for the battles are pretty good, and they are invariable quite short. As soon as one of the combatants health reaches zero, you see them dizzily drop to the ground. The victor gets the spoils of some gold and a few xp.
Xp leads to an increase in levels which allows you to buy more things, and rather obviously the gold is what is used to buy the gear that ranges from new weapons, helms and shields. You can buy whole new characters as well, but for the gold I believe the differences are entirely cosmetic.
So there’s a brief synopsis, so I best get on with the actual review.
My main problem with Puzzle Knights is that is all a little too basic. Match three games have never truly gripped me, the repetitive game-play is more on the annoying side and not the addictive, so I tend to leave them alone. However, this does at least have an interesting premise; a way to make a match three game worth playing for me.
The trouble is, outside of the match three there isn’t much to get your teeth in to. The battle strategy part seems to be mostly irrelevant, with a positive outcome being received in nearly all battles (So far, I’ve played about 25 battles and only lost once with my A/A/A/D/CA list) and you have no input into the battles once they start anyway.
Right, you might be thinking that I am judging this too harshly because I don’t like match three games. You may be right, but even in this aspect it seems to be a bit lacking. When you play the match games you have only a few seconds, ranging from around 15-35 seconds to get your stamina. So you’re not even playing this part of the game long enough to get used to it.
There is an ‘online player battle’ option and a ‘Playing with your Facebook Buddies’ option as well. I gave the online player battle a whirl but unfortunately the online battles are the same as the offline ones, so they suffer from the same problems as the regular game. I’m glad the options are there, but I can’t help thinking that they could add a lot more to them.
- It’s free
- Easy to play
- Interesting mix of Match Three and RPG.
- Bright and colourful game with nicely done animations.
- Elements of the game are too short/basic
- No control over the battles
- Pre-battle strategy seems to be guesswork.
As with any review, this is only my point of review and you may find it woefully unfair or you may feel I have missed out some of the major highlights of the game. That may be the case, and I would love you to use the comments bit below to let me know your feelings on Puzzle Knights. It’s good to remember that, it is a completely free iOS game so it isn’t as if you have to part with any cash for it.
If I haven’t put you off completely (and hopefully, I haven’t) and you do want to give Puzzle Knights a try you can download it from the Apple Store here.