Enter the dark and savage lands of the Ashurin Empire as you battle to avenge the atrocities the Empire brought upon your tribesmen. On your heroic quest to topple the Empire you will fight fierce beasts and battle hardened warriors in this new Puzzle RPG hybrid game.
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Mixed (21 reviews) - 61% of the 21 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Apr 21, 2010

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Enter the dark and savage lands of the Ashurin Empire as you battle to avenge the atrocities the Empire brought upon your tribesmen. On your heroic quest to topple the Empire you will fight fierce beasts and battle hardened warriors in this new Puzzle RPG hybrid game. Featuring an active puzzle combat mechanic, deep story, and robust character development Puzzle Chronicles will bring you into the next era of Puzzle RPGs.
  • Puzzle Combat RPG – An active puzzle combat mechanic blends the fun and skill of puzzle games with the strategy and adventure of RPGs for a truly epic gaming experience
  • Dungeon Exploring – Seek out hidden treasures and equipment that only true Heroes should have by battling your way through dungeons throughout the Ashurin Empire
  • Versus Mode Battles – Challenge your friends locally or online to a puzzle battle to see who will reign supreme as the ultimate champion of the Ashurin Empire
  • 5 Mini-Games – Test your puzzle skills in 5 mini-games that will unlock items and provide even more enhanced abilities
  • Persistent Hero – No matter what mode you are playing in, Single Player, Versus, Quick Battle, or Mini-Games, your Hero will acquire skills and experience, unleashing new ways to experience the game
  • Loot and Battle Skills – Customize your hero’s puzzle combat style by using mighty weapons, enchanted armor, special battle skills, and more

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP/Vista
    • Processor: Intel Pentium 4 processor
    • Memory: 512 MB (XP) / 1 GB (Vista)
    • Hard Drive: 8 GB of free space
    • Graphics: DirectX 9.0c/Shader3.0, NVIDIA GeForce 6600 series or higher, or ATI Radeon X1600 or higher
    • Sound: DirectX 9.0c compatible sound cards
    • DirectX®: DirectX 9.0c
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Mixed (21 reviews)
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xandemon
( 20.0 hrs on record )
Posted: December 6, 2015
A somewhat predictable RPG, Puzzle Chronicles suffers from some mildly bad voice acting and fairly repetitive battles - once you learn how to play it's Tetris-esque combat and mini-games, it's pretty much just rinse, repeat, get better gear. The story has some amusing moments, but do not be fooled: you need to disengage your brain to play this game. I think the Puzzle Quest series does a better job of engaging you with its story, and has similar mechanics to progress with.

That being said, it's nice to play a puzzle that isn't "match 3" and while the combat is repetitive (and despite what some think, you can make a comeback from some very bad looking situations), it's different and interesting enough that while you're progressing the story and facing off against different enemies, it doesn't get tedious. It's worth a play, and will keep you engaged if you're after something light.

I think the only unfortunate thing for me is that there is little incentive to play and get the final achievement (it's just grinding), and not enough of a community to really get anything going for the multiplayer since it's a little older now.
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ρоѕιтяои_
( 12.7 hrs on record )
Posted: September 19, 2015
Puzzle Chronicles is a puzzle roleplaying game developed by Infinite Interactive and published by Konami Digital Entertainment Inc. This is yet another title in Infinite Interactives growing stable of puzzle games. You are a hero on a quest through the savage lands of the Ashurin Empire in search of your tribesman who have been taken by slavers. Your hero will combat fierce beasts and battle hardened warriors during your travels as you attempt to rescue your people, raise an army and topple the Empire. This being a R.P.G., you have the ability to customize your character but sadly this time there are no character classes to choose from. As you do battle your hero will accquire experience points which will allow you to upgrade a set of skills to suit your particular playstyle and liking. There is also an abundance of gear to collect or craft ranging from mighty weapons, enchanted armor, amulets, etc. to further enhance your character.

One nice thing about Puzzle Chronicles that sets it apart from Infinite Interactives other games is that this title is not a match 3 game. The closest title that I can liken this to is some sort of sideways Tetris game. Stacks of colored gems instead of blocks enter the battlefield from the left side falling towards a wall that divides your area from your opponent's area. You can rotate the gem stacks and place them any way you choose to. Destroying these gems builds power also called "rage" in this game for your weapons and companion warbeast's attacks. That's right...you can accquire a doge, known as a warbeast, to accompany you on your quest. As you battle, you and your opponent are in a constant tug of war over the wall dividing the battlefield between the two of you. The fight ends when one combatant has no more room to maneuver the gem stacks entering their area because the wall has been pushed too far across their part of the battlefield. The gameplay sounds simple enough but when that divider wall is steadily taking space from your half of the battlefield and the gem stacks just keep coming as your opponent attacks and attacks you really start to feel the intensity of this game. Did I forget to mention the cool little animated fight sequences of your character and your opponent that take place just above the gem battlefield? Besides the story driven battles there are also some mini-games that you can compete in to unlock items and provide even more enhanced abilities.

Graphically I like this game. It has a really nice looking artstyle to it as far as the cutscenes for the story goes and the animated fight sequences that occur as you puzzle battle are impressive and fun to watch. The musical score, like the scores in all Infinite Interactive games, is brilliant and does it job amply but none of the tracks really stand out of the pack to me. Most of the score has a middle-eastern sound to it and is executed quite well though. The sound effects, however, are very well done. Gem explosions and battle sounds are loud and crisp as they should be. The voice-overs in the cutscenes are excellent and do a great job of enhancing the story.

While not my favorite puzzle R.P.G., Puzzle Chronicles does have a nice story that I felt compelled to see through to the end and I also found the deviation from the typical match 3 gameplay to be quite refreshing as well. With that said, one thing about this game that really bothered me is something that I mentioned in another recent review for a match 3 puzzle title...the lack of a good tutorial. Puzzle Chronicles suffers horribly in this failing as you'll quickly find yourself lost after the "so-called" tutorial ends. You'll have to search the internet for some fan written guides or just play the game and learn things by trial and error which can be quite frustrating. However, once you do learn how to play and what everything means then you can finally start to enjoy the game. This title definitely won't be everyones cup of tea but if you're looking for something a little different in the puzzle game genre then I suggest that you give this title a try.
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BG110478
( 10.9 hrs on record )
Posted: August 10, 2015
Rating: 6/10
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Rydel
( 4.7 hrs on record )
Posted: November 22, 2014
The battles are designed in such a way that if you fall behind, the game gets harder, making any sort of come back nearly impossible. The result is that the winner is determined pretty much early on, but you still have to go through the rest of the match. As a result, battles feel tedious and highly random.
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Midgetous Carl
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: August 4, 2014
The only thing that puzzled me about this game was why anyone would spend either money or time procuring it.

Do Not Want~!
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Moku
( 14.5 hrs on record )
Posted: March 16, 2014
Puzzle Chronicles is nothing but a time-sink, but what more do you expect from a puzzle game? Well, it better not be good art direction or writing, because this game has neither. The gameplay could be compared to 'Battle Tetris' in the form of a tug-of-war, but more often than not comes down to pure luck as to how well you will do in a fight. One try you will be obliterated in a few drops, the next time you will obliterate them. After playing for a few hours (and it took me 14 to finish, doing all side-quests but nowhere near the amount they expect to get all the awards) you will lose a fight and find yourself thinking "I lost? But I already wasted so much time fighting, and now I have to do it again?", and that is ultimately that it is, a waste of time. You will fight your way through it for the sake of completing it, not because it is fun or challenging. Over 14 hours I got half my stats up to around 50, and the other two were still in their teens. For replayability the awards expect you to get them all to 75, with similar expectation for your dog compaion (which serves as your special attacks).

On the plus side, there is content. Lots of content. There are arenas to unlock, where you can sight certain enemies as many times as you like (ie. grind) and plenty of mini-games, which all take the form of a more traditional tetris-meets-bejewelled set-up, which can net you levels, your dog levels, crafting two items into a higher-tier item, or random loot. So if you're looking for some competative-ish tile-matching and want plenty to keep you going, this is for you, as long as you can look past the ugly art and insuferable main character. Certainly not something you would expect from Konami, and I would by FAR recommend Puzzle Quest over this, in all regards.
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stringer
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: December 21, 2013
Fina igra za ubijanje vremena?!
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Marcelloz
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: December 10, 2013
Not for the colorblind
Rating: Poor

Well, I played this game for 20 minutes and was not able to defeat the dummy. Partly because I'm colorblind and got the green and red stars and stones mixed up, partly because the mechanics are really confusing.

It looks like tetris on it's side and you have to match stars with stones to make them dissappear. Throw some skulls in the mix and you are able to push a line towards your opponent, and if you do this good enough you win. This mechanic really stinks and is NOT FUN.

Graphics are sub-par and cheesy, the sound and music is average. Story is non-existent.
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Cactmoore
( 17.8 hrs on record )
Pre-Release Review
Posted: November 16, 2013
It could have been longer, but otherwise, I have no real complaints about this game. It's a very fun puzzle/RPG set in a sword-and-sorcery setting. The storyline and character development are little more than a MacGuffin to keep you playing, but at least the gameplay itself is really solid.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
45 of 45 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 19, 2015
Puzzle Chronicles is a puzzle roleplaying game developed by Infinite Interactive and published by Konami Digital Entertainment Inc. This is yet another title in Infinite Interactives growing stable of puzzle games. You are a hero on a quest through the savage lands of the Ashurin Empire in search of your tribesman who have been taken by slavers. Your hero will combat fierce beasts and battle hardened warriors during your travels as you attempt to rescue your people, raise an army and topple the Empire. This being a R.P.G., you have the ability to customize your character but sadly this time there are no character classes to choose from. As you do battle your hero will accquire experience points which will allow you to upgrade a set of skills to suit your particular playstyle and liking. There is also an abundance of gear to collect or craft ranging from mighty weapons, enchanted armor, amulets, etc. to further enhance your character.

One nice thing about Puzzle Chronicles that sets it apart from Infinite Interactives other games is that this title is not a match 3 game. The closest title that I can liken this to is some sort of sideways Tetris game. Stacks of colored gems instead of blocks enter the battlefield from the left side falling towards a wall that divides your area from your opponent's area. You can rotate the gem stacks and place them any way you choose to. Destroying these gems builds power also called "rage" in this game for your weapons and companion warbeast's attacks. That's right...you can accquire a doge, known as a warbeast, to accompany you on your quest. As you battle, you and your opponent are in a constant tug of war over the wall dividing the battlefield between the two of you. The fight ends when one combatant has no more room to maneuver the gem stacks entering their area because the wall has been pushed too far across their part of the battlefield. The gameplay sounds simple enough but when that divider wall is steadily taking space from your half of the battlefield and the gem stacks just keep coming as your opponent attacks and attacks you really start to feel the intensity of this game. Did I forget to mention the cool little animated fight sequences of your character and your opponent that take place just above the gem battlefield? Besides the story driven battles there are also some mini-games that you can compete in to unlock items and provide even more enhanced abilities.

Graphically I like this game. It has a really nice looking artstyle to it as far as the cutscenes for the story goes and the animated fight sequences that occur as you puzzle battle are impressive and fun to watch. The musical score, like the scores in all Infinite Interactive games, is brilliant and does it job amply but none of the tracks really stand out of the pack to me. Most of the score has a middle-eastern sound to it and is executed quite well though. The sound effects, however, are very well done. Gem explosions and battle sounds are loud and crisp as they should be. The voice-overs in the cutscenes are excellent and do a great job of enhancing the story.

While not my favorite puzzle R.P.G., Puzzle Chronicles does have a nice story that I felt compelled to see through to the end and I also found the deviation from the typical match 3 gameplay to be quite refreshing as well. With that said, one thing about this game that really bothered me is something that I mentioned in another recent review for a match 3 puzzle title...the lack of a good tutorial. Puzzle Chronicles suffers horribly in this failing as you'll quickly find yourself lost after the "so-called" tutorial ends. You'll have to search the internet for some fan written guides or just play the game and learn things by trial and error which can be quite frustrating. However, once you do learn how to play and what everything means then you can finally start to enjoy the game. This title definitely won't be everyones cup of tea but if you're looking for something a little different in the puzzle game genre then I suggest that you give this title a try.
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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 22, 2014
The battles are designed in such a way that if you fall behind, the game gets harder, making any sort of come back nearly impossible. The result is that the winner is determined pretty much early on, but you still have to go through the rest of the match. As a result, battles feel tedious and highly random.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
14.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 11, 2012
I can't lie... Story? Check (some holes, but you can't have everything). RPG? Check (but not like Skyrim or Diablo). Combat? Um, if you consider defeating enemies by matching colored things faster than the enemy to be combat, then "check". ;)

But if you just want something to play just to kill time or that doesn't require a lot of energy, this game is just fine.
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 23, 2012
This is the best puzzle / rpg from infinite interactive .

It's not a simple match 3 . I strongly recommend this game .
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
17.8 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: November 16, 2013
It could have been longer, but otherwise, I have no real complaints about this game. It's a very fun puzzle/RPG set in a sword-and-sorcery setting. The storyline and character development are little more than a MacGuffin to keep you playing, but at least the gameplay itself is really solid.
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7 of 11 people (64%) found this review helpful
Recommended
19.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 26, 2013
I finished this game Puzzle Chronicles before. Good puzzle game i thought i would not like it but i really enjoyed the game.

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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
20.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 6, 2015
A somewhat predictable RPG, Puzzle Chronicles suffers from some mildly bad voice acting and fairly repetitive battles - once you learn how to play it's Tetris-esque combat and mini-games, it's pretty much just rinse, repeat, get better gear. The story has some amusing moments, but do not be fooled: you need to disengage your brain to play this game. I think the Puzzle Quest series does a better job of engaging you with its story, and has similar mechanics to progress with.

That being said, it's nice to play a puzzle that isn't "match 3" and while the combat is repetitive (and despite what some think, you can make a comeback from some very bad looking situations), it's different and interesting enough that while you're progressing the story and facing off against different enemies, it doesn't get tedious. It's worth a play, and will keep you engaged if you're after something light.

I think the only unfortunate thing for me is that there is little incentive to play and get the final achievement (it's just grinding), and not enough of a community to really get anything going for the multiplayer since it's a little older now.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 3, 2012
I love this practically new genre of tetris match 3 and RPG and this one is fun.
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4 of 9 people (44%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
14.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 16, 2014
Puzzle Chronicles is nothing but a time-sink, but what more do you expect from a puzzle game? Well, it better not be good art direction or writing, because this game has neither. The gameplay could be compared to 'Battle Tetris' in the form of a tug-of-war, but more often than not comes down to pure luck as to how well you will do in a fight. One try you will be obliterated in a few drops, the next time you will obliterate them. After playing for a few hours (and it took me 14 to finish, doing all side-quests but nowhere near the amount they expect to get all the awards) you will lose a fight and find yourself thinking "I lost? But I already wasted so much time fighting, and now I have to do it again?", and that is ultimately that it is, a waste of time. You will fight your way through it for the sake of completing it, not because it is fun or challenging. Over 14 hours I got half my stats up to around 50, and the other two were still in their teens. For replayability the awards expect you to get them all to 75, with similar expectation for your dog compaion (which serves as your special attacks).

On the plus side, there is content. Lots of content. There are arenas to unlock, where you can sight certain enemies as many times as you like (ie. grind) and plenty of mini-games, which all take the form of a more traditional tetris-meets-bejewelled set-up, which can net you levels, your dog levels, crafting two items into a higher-tier item, or random loot. So if you're looking for some competative-ish tile-matching and want plenty to keep you going, this is for you, as long as you can look past the ugly art and insuferable main character. Certainly not something you would expect from Konami, and I would by FAR recommend Puzzle Quest over this, in all regards.
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4 of 9 people (44%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 23, 2012
I like it!
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