Neopets: Puzzle Adventure Review
Neopets: Puzzle Adventure box art
System: Wii Review Rating Legend
Dev: Infinite Interactive 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: Capcom 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Dec. 24, 2008 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1-2 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Everyone 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

Additionally, the use of character stats, items, and food isn’t explained well, nor do these gameplay mechanics seem to play an integral role in your success throughout the adventure. Many of the game’s “quests” entail simply moving from one area of the map to the next – no combat or conversation – and overall, Neopets: Puzzle Adventure is an extremely shallow experience.

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Adding to the game’s impoverished offering are constant frame shuddering and lag issues, both during battles and when making your way about the map. If you want to go to the menu, there’s a load screen; if you want to check your stats, there’s a load screen; enter battle – load screen. Moving the cursor to place tokens, use equipment, or to play a Pet-pet during battles works well enough, but you’ll constantly be wrestling lag in order to make your move. Navigating the overworld, however, is far worse, and we spent a great deal of time making random jerking motions just to view other sections of the map.

On the production front, Neopets: Puzzle Adventure is also fairly underdeveloped, and though the 2D artwork is attractive, it nowhere near makes up for the overall slapped-together feel the game exudes. The overworlds are merely a collection of static backgrounds, as are the conversations between the game’s characters. Again, framerate issues only serve to chip away at the experience, and there’s nothing here, really, fans can’t already get for free from the Neopets website.

The audio fares a bit better, though the constant lag and shudder make it pretty much impossible to appreciate. There isn’t a whole lot of variety in terms of the game’s music, but sound effects and themes are satisfying and fit well alongside the candy coated artwork.

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With some optimization and polish, Neopets: Puzzle Adventure could make a wonderful $5-10 WiiWare game. However, the game retails for $40, and considering its many flaws, it’s a title fans should snub whole heartedly. There are some mini-games offered within the story, and though they help to break up the repetition of the Reversi-style gameplay, they do little to make interesting use of the Wii Remote. Also present are unlockable codes players can use on the Neopets website to claim various small-time prizes, yet it’s an extra that really should have been built into the actual game using Nintendo’s WiFi Connection service. The two-player, multiplayer option is likely the game’s best feature, but there’s no online interactivity whatsoever.

There are some fundamentally good gameplay tidbits here, but ultimately, Neopets: Puzzle Adventure is an over-priced and unfinished product. Neopets fanatics who just have to check it out should rent it and send it back; everyone else can take a pass.

By Tony Capri
CCC Freelance Writer

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
2.4
Graphics
The artwork is very attractive, but it’s static and there’s little variety. The framerate is a major issue the whole way through.
3.6
Control
It’s pretty basic, but control works well with just the Wii Remote. Again, however, shudder and lag hamper the experience, and the mini-games make only basic use of the controller.
3.5
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Sound effects are very satisfying, and though there are only a handful of themes, the music is pleasant and fitting. Once again, though, lag unleashes its plague upon the game, and the audio suffers as well.
2.4

Play Value
If the game were cleaned up and offered as a WiiWare title for about $5-10, it would be a good value for fans of the Neopets “thing,” but at $40 it’s bound to leave most folks with buyer’s remorse.

2.5
Overall Rating - Average
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Choose and customize one of 12 Neopets to be your central character in the story.
  • Travel through three Lands of Neopia as you experience an epic story with more than 150 quests in the single-player game.
  • Head-to-Head multiplayer matches.


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