DS Daily: Puzzlers
There are several puzzle games in the top twenty DS titles, as compiled by Metacritic, and none of them are Puzzle Quest. How can this be?! While we puzzle over that one, we thought we'd ask: with the plethora of good puzzle titles (and games with puzzle elements) available for DS fans, what's your favorite? Or are you -- gasp -- not much of a puzzle person?
Reader Comments (Page 1 of 1)
6-21-2007 @ 9:26AM
Planet Puzzle League is the best puzzle game ever made. its inarguable.
6-21-2007 @ 9:36AM
The funny thing is that I wasn't a puzzle person.....then Tetris DS lured me with promises of big multiplayer fun and Wi-Fi....Then as I tired of Pokemon Pearl, I was looking for a new RPG to fill its shoes and Puzzle Quest was there. Because Tetris has been so much fun, I got Planet Puzzle League last week.
So now, 3 puzzle games for a non-puzzle-game guy. Puz Quest is really fun...lots of strategy......but I have to give the title to PPL. It's just that great.
6-21-2007 @ 9:42AM
I've got Tetris, Polarium, Meteos, Planet Puzzle League, Brain Age and Picross DS. I sorta like puzzle games.
By the way, does anyone have any idea where the hell the extra puzzles are for Picross DS EU? There haven't been any updates since launch. Was the JPN version like this too?
6-21-2007 @ 9:45AM
I'll share the outrage that Puzzle Quest isn't on the list. For shame! I'm not really a puzzle person, but on the short list of those I like, this one is tops.
6-21-2007 @ 9:47AM
Puzzle quest is still in there, at a very deserving spot of 33 considering how it is a very new franchise and not well known amongst casual gamers.
It's spot 32 that's inexcusable, Phoenix Wright?! THAT deserves to be in the top 20!
6-21-2007 @ 10:15AM
Bill McCai said...
but PPL hasn't come out here yet. I wait, i wait.
6-21-2007 @ 10:56AM
Happy Steve said...
What's amusing is that, looking at the list of critics and the scores for Puzzle Quest, the two lowest scores (by at least 20 points from the third lowest), are by Nintendo Magazines. I guess that brought down the average enough to make it #33.
6-21-2007 @ 11:01AM
Puzzle Quest's combat mechanics were great.
I wish Zendoku had taken some more time to fine tune their mechanics (use of numbers instead of pictures/icons).
Disney's Meteos was superb -- while the unlockables were severely lacking, the gameplay and interface changes from the original Meteos were fantastic.
Not sure I'm sold on PPL yet -- will give it another try.
I would love to see Magical Drop and Bombliss -- two of my favourite games from back in the day.
6-21-2007 @ 11:07AM
doki doki pantsu said...
It appears metacritic gives the best games a score of 81:
30 Picross DS 2007 81
31 Trauma Center: Under the Knife 2005 81
32 Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney 2005 81
33 Puzzle Quest: CotWarlords 2007 81
34 Yoshi's Island DS 2006 81
6-21-2007 @ 11:19AM
I love me some Puzzle Quest. I just wish the eventual sequel will be more balanced --- I'm looking at your, Ultimate Troll Ring of practical invincibility. Funny that trolls don't seem to bear those rings; aren't they the ones making them?
But for real, abstract, unadulterated puzzle games, the palm is going to Tetris DS right now. It's just so accessible! I'm practicing on my Planet Puzzle League skills right now, though... I think Tetris will have a contender soon enough.
By the way, a question for the thinkers: what is a puzzle game? I mean, I'm playing Etrian Odyssey right now, and between the nine classes having all a complex and deep skill tree, figuring out a good monster-murderous party appears as a good puzzle to me. What do you think?
6-21-2007 @ 11:26AM
Meteos, Tetris, Puzzle Questis
6-21-2007 @ 1:37PM
Puzzle Panel League is indeed fantastic. I'm enjoying that a lot right now.
Zenduku holds a steady grip on me as well... something about competitive sudoku sits well with me... I just wish it wouldn't have me blowing into the microphone/ I look like a crazy person when I do that on the bus. :(
Puzzle Quest I enjoyed, but have laid off lately. Got annoyed with the end boss. I'll eventually pick it up again, I'm sure, but it's in time out with me right now.
I'm just about done with the Japanese import of Illsutrated Logic. I've got some issues with PiCross, but it's slowly winning me over.
Believe it or not, the newly released "BrainBusters" cart has a decent version of Sudoku. It lights up the numbers as you select them, making for easy and fast puzzle completion. "BrainBusters" also has a version of "Light Up" which is OK, too.
However, everything else about "BrainBusters" blows though... crap sound, distracting and crap graphics, bad engRish, etc., etc., etc.
6-21-2007 @ 2:26PM
I enjoy the logic puzzles in RPGs like Mario & Luigi Partners in Time. That's where you need to press a button to open a gate, but before you can reach the button you need to figure out how to move a box, but in order to get to the box you need to... and so on.
But the types of puzzles where I move colorful blocks around and line them up? Doesn't do anything for me.
6-21-2007 @ 2:41PM
I'd say Meteos if it was online, I just personally think that it's more intense than PPL, though I love PPL to death. I just wanna take Mizugushi by the throat (not literally) and yell "MAKE A REAL METEOS SEQUEL! ONLINE AS WELL, PLOX".
He'd be all like, "ArcadeFire, you so crazy..."
I'd also like to thank the academy.
6-22-2007 @ 9:19AM
I would say Puzzle League if not for the fact that they dumbed down the difficulty, even on Hard the block delays are laughably long. And on top of that you can't set your starting speed.
6-22-2007 @ 6:50PM
I find myself playing meteos most often when I need my puzzle fix. Tetris DS is a close second. Puzzle quest? I got *gasp* bored of it. I guess I like the fast-moving meteos and tetris style gameplay more to my liking.