PuzzleQuest: Challenge of the Warlords delivers, for the first time ever, classic puzzle-game action backed with an epic story of good vs. evil. Challenge your match 3 skills as you battle against computer opponents to save the Kingdom of Etheria from the evil Lord Bane.
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Very Positive (427 reviews) - 90% of the 427 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Oct 10, 2007

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PuzzleQuest: Challenge of the Warlords delivers, for the first time ever, classic puzzle-game action backed with an epic story of good vs. evil. Challenge your match 3 skills as you battle against computer opponents to save the Kingdom of Etheria from the evil Lord Bane. Make matches of different crystal types which build your inventory of spells. Outscore your oponents and unleash your spells to disrupt their matching chances and lower their totals. Build your heroic character by winning head to head battles. Or play classic match 3 in quick play mode. Explore the expansive kingdom as you experience a puzzle game like nothing you have played before.
  • Embark on an epic single-player campaign comprising more than 150 challenging quests.
  • Jump into this exciting puzzle game and outmatch your opponent in Quick-play mode.
  • Build your empire as you capture cities, build castles and gain a party of companions that will aid you in battle.
  • Earn money with each gold title to buy helms, weapons, armor and more!
  • Experience tiles grant you additional experience instantly.
  • Match skull tiles to inflict damage on other players.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Microsoft® Windows® 2000/XP/Vista
    • Processor: Pentium® III 1.0 GHz or greater
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 64 MB video card (ATI 7000, Geforce 2 or Intel GMA 900 series)
    • Hard Drive: 105 MB hard drive space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9c compatible sound card
    • Input: Keyboard and mouse
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Very Positive (427 reviews)
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Ice Abyzz
( 122.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 21
Don't buy this game. You will waste HOURS playing.
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Faires
( 45.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 10
Skyrim meets bejeweled!

19/10
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Lord General Yavuz
( 26.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
Best game ever.
11/10
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kanaan
( 21.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 6
Fun game. Go play Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes, instead.
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Mean Mr. Mustard
( 21.0 hrs on record )
Posted: April 23
Mean Mr. Mustard's short Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords review

1) Essential - buy it NOW
2) Recommended - buy it on sale
3) Avoid

Time to complete – 20 hours
Played multiplayer? N/A
Worth revisiting? No, game is long for the sake of being long, turns into a bit of a grind at the end

Best part – Satisfying gem matching gameplay coupled with unique character skills give the battles some nice unexpected twists
Worst part – Having to grind side quests for the end boss zzzZZZzzz
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Garthli
( 15.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 10
Beautiful art, interesting story and gameplay. Fun and creative.
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Joanie Baloney
( 836.7 hrs on record )
Posted: April 8
It's pretty good.
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kaner13
( 33.6 hrs on record )
Posted: April 6
A fun little matching game that adds just a bit of strategy to the seemingly random Bejeweled formula. You face off against a host of monsters using turn-based matching to collect color gems to use powers, to attack, etc. The story is a by-the-numbers fantasy plot that exists to simply move you from battle to battle. I'd recommend this as a great game to casually play while watching a stream.
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Malro
( 13.5 hrs on record )
Posted: March 9
Really great game, but suddenly last year they dropped controller support for it. I have no clue why they dropped it as it was working perfectly for it. I'd be extremely happy if they reenabled controller support.
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DC Malleus
( 53.5 hrs on record )
Pre-Release Review
Posted: March 6
If you're serious about your match 3 and like crunchy RPG mechanics, Puzzle Quest is for you! A massive, sprawling campaign with an abundance of interesting and still surprisingly innovative approaches to the genre await. It's a deep rabbit hole that marries two time-destroying genres with significant success, so don't be surprised if it ends up dragging you away from your current playlist for a good solid week or 3 once you fire it up for the first time.
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91 of 100 people (91%) found this review helpful
Recommended
21.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 1, 2013
If you like Bejeweled this game is a must have for you.
The difference to a normal Bejeweled game:

- Cast spells
- Level system and choose where to put your skillpoints
- Get companions
- Earn money to get new gear or upgrade your citadel to get benefits in and out of combat
- Fight against monsters and tame/collect mounts
- 2 Player VS mode

So yeah its pretty fun and worth the price.
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77 of 82 people (94%) found this review helpful
Recommended
115.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 7, 2014
Puzzle Quest: Challenge Of The Warlords is an addicting puzzle game with an added roleplaying element. The title was developed by Infinite Interactive and published by Namco Networks America. Anyone who has played Tetris, Bejewelled or any similiar game will be quite familiar with the puzzle portion of this fantastic title but for me, as a heavy R.P.G. fan, it was this part of the game that really makes it stand apart from the others in the genre.

As in the start of a typical roleplaying game you select your character and class before the terrific story sends you traveling across a vast fantasy world in search of quests, battles and loot. I found the story to be extremely compelling and at times humorous. It definitely keeps your attention and makes you want to wander about and converse with any person or beast that would cross your path. The combat, of course, takes place in puzzle format and tasks you with matching pairs of colored gems, skulls and other items while casting spells as well as a variety of other attacks and moves against your opponent. As you battle you earn experience points which you can spend upgrading your skills as well as accquiring gold and loot with which you can better outfit your character. You also have the option to capture opponents and hold them in your dungeon. You can then learn new spells and combat tactics from your prisoners as well as use the captured beasts as mounts as you traverse the world.

The game is presented very well with a combination of fantastic hand drawn manga-like art for the cut scenes as well as an old school top down "Legend Of Zelda" like world map. Shockingly one of the best parts of the game in my opinion is the music. I can't stress how great the soundtrack is in this title as it expertly captures the fantasy theme of the game. I fell in love with it after just a few days of playing the title. The sound effects during the puzzle battles are terrific as well. You never get tired of hearing the explosions, coin drops and other tell-tale effects when you successfully connect a line of gems and cause a cascade that devastates your opponent bringing them to their knees in defeat...absolutely priceless. I never thought I would be a fan of puzzle games but the Puzzle Quest series has, no pun intended, cast a spell on me. Highly recommended! I think I like this one better than Puzzle Quest 2 which I adore.
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98 of 116 people (84%) found this review helpful
54 people found this review funny
Recommended
33.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 10, 2014
Fools play Candy Crush, Men play Puzzle Quest,
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91 of 126 people (72%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Recommended
12.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 9, 2014
spent 2 hours straight killing the final boss and got killed when he had 2 hp left.

10/10
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35 of 38 people (92%) found this review helpful
Recommended
36.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 5, 2014
Simple game with a simple premise, line up the gems (Think Bejeweled) However it adds a whole new twist through an RPG element introducing a new level of strategy. (Do you line up skulls to do damage, or certain colors to get the mana you need, or to deny your opponent the mana they need?) Didn't look like it would be fun, but its amazingly addictive and provided me far more hours of entertainment than I would have anticipated.
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33 of 39 people (85%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
28.0 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: December 2, 2013
Great little game. I originally played it on the Nintendo DS, and it was so good I bought it for PC.
It is best played on a touchscreen.

Best one of the series. Avoid all the other versions, as they are HELLA boring!
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20 of 22 people (91%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 12, 2015
This game is great. One of my favorite of the Match-3 genre. Has a storyline and RPG mechanics. Best of all of the PuzzleQuest series. I have a lot more hours than shown on Steam, I have also completed the game on PSP.
Be sure to install the FREE Expansion pack (even before your first playthrough if you are new) to get more areas and characters for your game. (Info and d/l here: http://steamcommunity.com/app/12500/discussions/0/864943954172103438/ )
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17 of 18 people (94%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
35.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 9, 2014
I was planning to do stuff this weekend, but apparently I played 22 hours of Puzzle Quest in two days.

...okay okay fine, I'll write about the actual game.

There are 4 classes, each have their different set of default spells, and you learn spells as you level up. This is an RPG after all, albeit a linear one - with quite a lot of sidequests and the main quest is lengthy, my game play time at the moment is pretty much an indicator of a single playthrough, which was ~36 hours.

So what's the quirk of this game? The battle system. The battle system is based on Bejeweled, and as you match pieces, you get mana, gold, exp or deal direct damage. With mana, you can cast spells. And if you put 4 in a row or stun the enemy or the like, you can get extra turns and it can get quite crazy if you have a Frozen Rod, have 1% chance of stun for each of your blue mana (so with 41 blue mana you have 41% chance of stun on every instance of dealing damage), and some other stuff. As you can tell, there are items that manipulate the gameplay on both your side and the enemy's.

You can also capture monsters and use them as a mount (and gain an extra stat based on their level and get an extra skill to use in combat), or you can research their spells. You can also craft your own items with runes you can collect. Each of these uses a system that is a variation on the base battle system.

VERDICT: If you like strategic gameplay and you're oddly addicted to Match-3 puzzle games, and enjoy a decent (even if not the most unique nor the most complicated) story, and decent music, then this is definitely a good game. It really depends on whether you enjoy the combat or not: because you'll do a LOT of it in this game. But hey, I enjoyed it.
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19 of 22 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 14, 2014
BEST bejewled-style game I've ever played!

I played this game for months on my PSP back in the day. I could be mistaken, but I believe this is the game that was the catalyst to the creation of so many puzzle-rpg hybrid games.

It does a great job in tuning out the monotony of a Bejewled game by adding in rpg elements. Each gem color signifies mana, which are used to cast skills, which you learn as your character gains levels and completes side-quest puzzles. Each match is a battle against an enemy that you encounter on your quest. Your character traverses a map that is similar to the world map in Final Fantasy Tactics. Certain locations on the map can be captured as your territory, and then upgraded to provide you with gold revenue and other benefits. Items can also be found and bought for your character to grant additional perks.

To compare this to other bejeweled games, such as: Puzzle Quest 2, Legend of Fae, Bejeweled 3, Marvel Puzzle Quest...
I enjoyed this game the most.
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16 of 17 people (94%) found this review helpful
Recommended
27.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 7, 2014
Once you start playing you are sucked in. One of the best matching games ever made. A unique and fun game that crosses RPG and matching elements very well. The story is also interesting. 9.5/10
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