Puzzle Quest

I’ve joined the massed ranks of people playing Puzzle Quest, a weird hybrid of a role-playing game and Bejeweled, the puzzle game that involves lining up 3 or more colored balls.

Penny Arcade summarized how weird an idea this is in this comic strip. Meeting and fighting viscous creatures through the equivalent of Tetris shouldn’t work. But it does and is quite addictive.

The computer controlled opponents are viciously good, though. They ¨spot¨ combinations of colors that lead to a massive cascading effect, a light show that usually leads to your character getting really beat up. On my side, I’m lucky if I manage to just find 4 balls in a row. It does feel a little like the machine varmints are cheating, which is categorically denied here.

And I’m finding that the stylus on my DS is really badly calibrated, so I keep on miss hitting the little colored balls. Often this means that I miss my turn, and get beaten up even more. Anyone else seeing this?