Puzzle Quest - Galactrix
It takes a lot for me not to like a game, maybe it has a cheesy plot or the game is loaded with hackers. The list can go on and on. But Galactrix is a game I really tried to like, I mean I loved Puzzle Quest. This game makes you hate it, and you get the feeling the game hates you right back. I don't mind when I lose but this game takes randomly played moves to a whole new level of "dude... wtf...?". It seems they took the core idea of "Puzzle Quest" and put a space like spin on it. But so much of the magic is left out and it feels... well hollow. You'll spend most of your time hacking gates, mining and fighting your way threw a web of systems that feel generic and plane. The AI is like all Puzzle Quest games, unforgiving to the point where you get the feeling it hates you and your babies.
Here are a few examples of this games logic, just so you know I am being fair.
1. Hacking a gate is a time trial, so you need to match the colors as quickly as you can. Sometimes you'll combo, and you'll start a cycle that just wont stop. This eats your time up and yes you'll combo into the color you need, it dose not happen that often. In fact it is really rare, but none the less you'll lose to the combo cycle and you'll have to start all over again.
2. Combat is like Puzzle Quest, in fact it's pretty much the same only everything is lasers and shields. One fight I entered, I didn't even get a single move and the AI made a combo that... with just one move. BOOM! I was dead, he combo-ed into a 203 damage play. I know it seems like I am whining but come on. I didn't even get to make a move, not one single move.
3. When you are on the mini map, or over world map. You'll sometimes get picked up by people who hate you, so you'll have to either fight the ship or run. I know it dose not seem bad to deal with, but you can get trapped into a cycle that just wont stop. Yes, you can fight but their ships are harder and a little op for just patrol duty. So you'll get picked up again, run picked up again.
Pro – I like mining in this game, it's fun and relaxing. Some of the names of the systems are nods to popular space fairing games. Really, I can't think of anything else.
Con – On top of my top 3 list, the music is bland, the AI hates you, and your family, your families families and every girl you ever kissed plus your mom. The story is really boring and dull. Hacking gates is an over used mini game that is just not fun to play. Enemy ships are always more powerful and better skill then you. Lastly... just random crap that like all Puzzle Quest games, happen for no logical reason.
Verdict – I think the developer had a secret hatred for Puzzle Quest and wanted to get revenge on everyone. If you honestly don't mind everything I had a problem with it, then by all means... pick it up. But I think next time they come out with a Puzzle Quest game, I'll wait on it.