Puzzle Quest: Galactrix Review
Xbox 360 | PC | DS
Puzzle Quest: Galactrix box art
System: X360 (XBLA), PS3 (PSN), PC, DS Review Rating Legend
Dev: Infinite Interactive 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: D3 Publisher 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Apr. 8, 2009 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1-2 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+ 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

Handling Galactrix this way does take away from the story a bit, which is acceptable because the tale isn't all that gripping. The narrative unwinds through still images of your character's avatar and another's, against the appropriate background, communicating to each other through cheesy text in quote bubbles. Basically, you're fighting to learn about four megacorporations that took over humanity and are conducting questionable experiments. You can even skip the story completely by simply pressing the B button whenever these conversations pop up.

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What the game lacks in graphics and story, however, it makes up in sound. The music is terrific: spacey-sounding orchestral works that fit the mood of the game and never, ever grate. Every puzzle game should be so lucky.

The controls here are workable; you pretty much just highlight gems with the joystick and press the A button. Moving diagonally with the joystick can be frustrating when you're on a timer, but there's really no better way to do it without a mouse, stylus, or pointer. Navigating between puzzles is a snap: just put your cursor on the target planet or galaxy and hit A, and your ship flies over.

Galactrix also features local and online multiplayer matches that pretty much go the same way single-player battles do. It's fun enough to play the game this way, and you can use the pilot you've developed in the campaign, but it can be hard finding matches online.

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When it comes right down to it, is Puzzle Quest: Galactrix worth $20? In terms of the hours and depth of gameplay, absolutely. However, it's certainly a niche product; you'll need to be a fan of both puzzles and RPGs to get your money's worth, and you'll have to be willing to solve a very similar puzzle over and over, whether you do them all in a row or over a period of weeks. If that sounds like a good idea, go for it.

By Robert VerBruggen
CCC Freelance Writer

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
3.7
Graphics
They get the job done, but there's nothing too impressive.
3.2
Control
They're as good as they could be, but moving diagonally with a joystick can be a pain.
4.0
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
The music is great, but the lack of voiceover is a drag.
4.1
Play Value
It's the same puzzle over and over again, but the game stretches the concept to cover all sorts of different twists and turns.
4.0
Overall Rating - Great
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • New weapons: Use more than 150 different weapons to control the board.
  • A new dimension: Customize and build a fleet of ships to master the galaxy, with an all-new, redesigned puzzle board.
  • New quests: Play hundreds of missions within a single-player game.
  • Multiplayer: Battle across the universe in one-on-one ranked online multiplayer matches.


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