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.
User reviews: Very Positive (352 reviews)
Release Date: Oct 10, 2007

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"The original also happens to be the best, match-3 gameplay combined with an RPG. A perfect gateway game for casual players but also content rich"

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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
Helpful customer reviews
62 of 66 people (94%) found this review helpful
32.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 7
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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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
33.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
Fools play Candy Crush, Men play Puzzle Quest,
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
21.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 7
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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
52.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 16
So good. So many hours played. Play it alone, play it with your girl. It is simple bo it doesen't get borring soon.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
31.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 4
If you like bejeweled you'll love this. It's basically that with some great rpg elements.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
A great mix of Match-3 and RPG. Easy to learn and full of content: there are stats to raise, items to manage, spells to research, weapons to craft, mounts to capture, etc, etc. Played it a lot when it originally came out.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
17.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 23
A true classic game that has never really been improved upon though many games have tried. A very good blending of genre. Its getting pretty old but holds up to the test of time very well do to the solid gameplay and mechanics. A 10/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
A truly addicting and stimulating game that sucks you in the moment you start playing. Good RPG elements with an interesting story, giving the player the opportunity to choose whether to be "good" or less so. My only complaint is that the expansion pack isn't available for the PC version, withholding 4 additional classes (available on the PS3. Yes, I have this game on multiple platforms, it's THAT good.)
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 21
Don't judge me...
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 7
Classic that started the genre. Graphics are dated compared to Gems of War, but the gameplay is still there.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
7.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 22
love it a good game just feels like game is cheating sometimes :P
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 14
fun but the computer cheats like hell
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
69.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 2
bejeweled battles w. rpg elements. and so many quests
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
35.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
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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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
30.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
You like bejeweled? That's it, with a story, and a grinding approach. But MAN is it long! Never reached the end so far, after tens of hours! I wonder when I will start the second one... It is a nice little game, nothing more. Smartphone game like. Do recommend.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 22
They made bejeweled more addicting. It has a story mode with rpg elements and you play aggainst opponents. If you like puzzle games or bejeweled this is a must buy. 9/10 fun
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79 of 84 people (94%) found this review helpful
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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80 of 107 people (75%) found this review helpful
10.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 9
spent 2 hours straight killing the final boss and got killed when he had 2 hp left.

10/10
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33 of 36 people (92%) found this review helpful
36.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 5
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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28 of 33 people (85%) found this review helpful
28.0 hrs on record
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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