Earlier in January, Italian game publisher 505 Games announced that it had acquired Infinity Plus Two, the studio behind the free-to-play multiplatform title Gems of War and the Puzzle Quest series, which first appeared on the Nintendo DS and PlayStation Portable consoles in 2007. And now Puzzle Quest 3, a third entry in the original series has been announced.
The mainline Puzzle Quest titles combine RPG mechanics, such as questing, leveling up, and acquiring new gear to improve combat skills, with the match-3 puzzle elements of games like Bejeweled. In keeping with the features that made the original two games successful, Puzzle Quest 3 will bring fans the balance of role-playing and strategic puzzle-solving that they have come to expect.
Puzzle Quest 3 offers an all-new adventure, taking place 500 years after the events of the original game, sending players on a journey across the land of Etheria to uncover the dying words of an ancient Red Dragon. The game’s turn-based battle system entails matching three or more tiles on the gameboard in order to unleash a variety of attacks, like spells and stuns. The latest entry in the Puzzle Quest series will “push the genre limits by introducing new and imaginative gameplay mechanics.”
The official announcement of Puzzle Quest 3 mentions “an intense 1-versus-1 battle system realized in a 3D game world.” What this means exactly is not explained, but previous entries in the series featured a flat animated game board for the puzzle segments and a 2D isometric view for navigation in the game world.
The first game in the series, Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords, experienced great success when it launched and has amassed an estimated 32 million users globally since its release. The game proved so popular that it was eventually ported to multiple platforms. It spawned extended content, the direct sequel Puzzle Quest 2, a number of spinoff titles, and even a Nintendo Switch remaster in 2019.
If you beat these games without any outside help, then good on you! You just might be a genius. Some believe video games to be a mindless activity, but that is far from the truth. Some games require plenty of skills in the areas of music, math, and science just to figure out a puzzle. And while there are plenty of great puzzle-oriented games out there, there are some video games that feature particularly mind-boggling puzzles.
While they can be fun, they can also be very frustrating for the gamer if the puzzle causes them to get stuck. Luckily, the internet has plenty of walkthroughs and spaces for players to give each other advice. Here are ten such games that had at least one puzzle requiring a genius-tier intellect to be solved alone.
With the series' oldest game coming out in 1980, and the most recent in 2016, the King's Quest series has made a lot of games. They are your typical puzzle adventure game. Some of their puzzles have gone down in video game history has the most difficult. The one that is most talked about is a puzzle where you had to say Rumplestiltskin's name backwards and in a made-up order of the alphabet where A becomes Z and B becomes Y and so on.
- After taking time away from games to serve as the CEO of Liverpool Football Club, former executive Peter Moore has returned to the game industry.