TransGaming, Inc. has released Puzzle Quest: Chapter 1 - Battle of Gruulkar [App Store] for the iPhone early this morning.

Puzzle Quest was first released for the Nintendo and PSP in 2007 and was very well received. The game combines role-playing with strategy and puzzle elements.

Jump into immediate head-to-head puzzle action or embark on a series of adventure filled quests, growing your magic and hero’s powers toward the ultimate battle with Gruulkar, leader of the Orcs. This award-winning game is perfect for casual and hard-core game enthusiasts.

Quests are typically completed by defeating opponents in one-on-one match-3 puzzle battles.

The developer claims the game will offer over twenty hours of storyline play, but this represents the first chapter of a trilogy of iPhone titles that make up Puzzle Quest Challenge of the Warlords. You will be able to bring your characters forward into the future chapters which will become available "soon".

This "episodic" delivery of content is one that we have seen with the Toy Bot Diaries and represents a way for developers to deliver a larger gaming experience in more affordable segments.

App Store Link: Puzzle Quest: Chapter 1, $9.99

  • arn

    I think some will complain about the episodic delivery, but if it probably is to the advantage of customers to buy just part 1 of 3 then to buy the whole thing for 3x the price.

    arn

  • arn

    I think some will complain about the episodic delivery, but if it probably is to the advantage of customers to buy just part 1 of 3 then to buy the whole thing for 3x the price.

    arn

  • Destinite

    PSSH...10 bucks for over 20 hours of storyline play? Why are people complaining?! It's PUZZLE QUEST!!!

  • Destinite

    PSSH...10 bucks for over 20 hours of storyline play? Why are people complaining?! It's PUZZLE QUEST!!!

  • Oliver

    Paying 3x10 is still much cheaper than the DS version.

  • Oliver

    Paying 3x10 is still much cheaper than the DS version.

  • Crim

    I really wish they would have called the others expansions, there's just something about buying ep. 1 for $10 knowing I'll be buying the whole thing for $30 (whereas the PSP version can be had for < $20).

    I'm gonna bite whenever I can grab a iTunes card since I've been waiting for this since it was announced.

  • Crim

    I really wish they would have called the others expansions, there's just something about buying ep. 1 for $10 knowing I'll be buying the whole thing for $30 (whereas the PSP version can be had for < $20).

    I'm gonna bite whenever I can grab a iTunes card since I've been waiting for this since it was announced.

  • Carlos-Sz

    Is it possible to charge for an update making the game as one in the iPhone?

  • Carlos-Sz

    Is it possible to charge for an update making the game as one in the iPhone?

  • Mkaos

    Seems like a bad port to me, almost looks like they took the xbox version (or pc) and down scaled it to fit the iPhone, touch control in battle could be better, and they didn't capitilize a word in the level up window ( fire is lower case while all others are upper), graphics assests are obviously from a much higher res version of the game, all in all nothing deal breaking, however sad to see that well be paying more for less on the iPod, of course this coming from someone that has purchased PQ way too many times :) I pray that there is patches on the way... Especially if they want 20 more dollars from me :)

  • Mkaos

    Seems like a bad port to me, almost looks like they took the xbox version (or pc) and down scaled it to fit the iPhone, touch control in battle could be better, and they didn't capitilize a word in the level up window ( fire is lower case while all others are upper), graphics assests are obviously from a much higher res version of the game, all in all nothing deal breaking, however sad to see that well be paying more for less on the iPod, of course this coming from someone that has purchased PQ way too many times :) I pray that there is patches on the way... Especially if they want 20 more dollars from me :)

  • arn

    @Carlos-Sz. No there isn't a way to do that. It would go against Apple's SDK conditions from my understanding.

  • arn

    @Carlos-Sz. No there isn't a way to do that. It would go against Apple's SDK conditions from my understanding.

  • http://www.shoutinggrounds.com BrianB

    This game is a piece of garbage on the iPhone. The developers ruined this game unfortunately. All of the graphical elements have been scaled poorly and even the text is difficult to read. The framerate is terribly slow and it even lacks swipe controls for swapping gems ala Bejeweled 2. Don't waste your money on this game, especially if you are a fan of PQ. It will only make you angry, at yourself for being fooled, and at the developers for letting this abomination hit the appstore in this state.

    :(

  • http://www.shoutinggrounds.com BrianB

    This game is a piece of garbage on the iPhone. The developers ruined this game unfortunately. All of the graphical elements have been scaled poorly and even the text is difficult to read. The framerate is terribly slow and it even lacks swipe controls for swapping gems ala Bejeweled 2. Don't waste your money on this game, especially if you are a fan of PQ. It will only make you angry, at yourself for being fooled, and at the developers for letting this abomination hit the appstore in this state.

    :(

  • http://www.shoutinggrounds.com BrianB

    Actually, I just need to say this again. Do not buy this game. If you are a fan of smooth gameplay, you will be disappointed. Mkaos is right that everything looks like they just copied and pasted assets from the set-top consoles and shoved it cruelly onto the iphone without regard to legibility or playability. Busting it up into chapters, adding to the clutter of the homescreen with eventually three icons, and botching this extremely important port is not deserving of your money.

  • http://www.shoutinggrounds.com BrianB

    Actually, I just need to say this again. Do not buy this game. If you are a fan of smooth gameplay, you will be disappointed. Mkaos is right that everything looks like they just copied and pasted assets from the set-top consoles and shoved it cruelly onto the iphone without regard to legibility or playability. Busting it up into chapters, adding to the clutter of the homescreen with eventually three icons, and botching this extremely important port is not deserving of your money.

  • Carlos-Sz

    @ arn: thank you. I've purchased the game. 20 hours seem a lot to play. I'm sure I didn't even play 5 hours in the PC version I own. A lot of things to do, a lot of games to try... :)

  • Carlos-Sz

    @ arn: thank you. I've purchased the game. 20 hours seem a lot to play. I'm sure I didn't even play 5 hours in the PC version I own. A lot of things to do, a lot of games to try... :)

  • Destinite

    I wouldn't call it an abomination, per sé, but the graphical hit and the 30-second wait from boot to loading a saved game set it back a bit. I don't think the lack of swipe is THAT big a deal. The gameplay elements are intact and it is still definitely fun.

  • Destinite

    I wouldn't call it an abomination, per sé, but the graphical hit and the 30-second wait from boot to loading a saved game set it back a bit. I don't think the lack of swipe is THAT big a deal. The gameplay elements are intact and it is still definitely fun.

  • Mkaos

    Makes me miss my psp and PQ on it... At least that was a native game, makes you wonder why they didn't port that version, it was already a mobile version with a similar res to this platform??? I still enjoy it, as I haven't played pq in a while however I am so disapponted, developers are not taking this platform seriously yet, even though there is money to be made... Also why no auto save when you exit during battle?? *shakes head in disgust*

  • Mkaos

    Makes me miss my psp and PQ on it... At least that was a native game, makes you wonder why they didn't port that version, it was already a mobile version with a similar res to this platform??? I still enjoy it, as I haven't played pq in a while however I am so disapponted, developers are not taking this platform seriously yet, even though there is money to be made... Also why no auto save when you exit during battle?? *shakes head in disgust*

  • http://www.shoutinggrounds.com BrianB

    If you guys are fine with the piss poor framerate, blurry visuals (despite the iPhone being capable of much more), three separate versions, and kludgy controls, then your are more hardcore PQ fans than me. I just feel that this could have been a huge boon for the iPhone gaming market since it's such a strong IP. I have the Xbox 360 version, the DS version, and PS3 version (don't ask) and I'd rather play any of the other versions over this tripe. It needlessly gives the iPhone a bad name. These were easily preventable issues that really only required a bit more effort and attention to detail. If it were a steak, I'd ask to see the chef. Maybe have him throw it back on the grill for a bit longer.

  • http://www.shoutinggrounds.com BrianB

    If you guys are fine with the piss poor framerate, blurry visuals (despite the iPhone being capable of much more), three separate versions, and kludgy controls, then your are more hardcore PQ fans than me. I just feel that this could have been a huge boon for the iPhone gaming market since it's such a strong IP. I have the Xbox 360 version, the DS version, and PS3 version (don't ask) and I'd rather play any of the other versions over this tripe. It needlessly gives the iPhone a bad name. These were easily preventable issues that really only required a bit more effort and attention to detail. If it were a steak, I'd ask to see the chef. Maybe have him throw it back on the grill for a bit longer.

  • snowy2004

    Someone answer me this:

    Is this, at the very least, the full, original game from the DS, minus any expansions?

  • snowy2004

    Someone answer me this:

    Is this, at the very least, the full, original game from the DS, minus any expansions?

  • Ahiru

    i got the XBLA version for 15$ when it was released - if this has the "expansion set" included, shouldn't be more than 25$ - but since it's a "mobile" port, shouldn't be more than 10$.

    tons of great games started out as 10$ in app store, without the need to upgrade them to the full game.

  • Ahiru

    i got the XBLA version for 15$ when it was released - if this has the "expansion set" included, shouldn't be more than 25$ - but since it's a "mobile" port, shouldn't be more than 10$.

    tons of great games started out as 10$ in app store, without the need to upgrade them to the full game.

  • http://www.shoutinggrounds.com BrianB

    No, this is original non-expanded game broken into three parts. So that's $30 (assuming 9.99 for each chapter) over 3 applications, amounting to your $15 DS game with better playability. :(

  • chan

    @BrianB

    ........ I bought the game, the frame rate can a be choppy.... but it is not an action game...... it is turned based puzzle...
    While I do agree that it can be hard to hit the buttons and read some things...
    But its NOT that bad! just like anything else you get used to it
    In the end IT IS PUZZLE QUEST not...... i dunno some gay that requires great frame rate?
    I have this game on ps3 psp and ds.....
    i bought it for my Ipod touch because it is with me all the time.....
    the idea and core of the game is there.... all that matters to me...

  • http://www.shoutinggrounds.com BrianB

    No, this is original non-expanded game broken into three parts. So that's $30 (assuming 9.99 for each chapter) over 3 applications, amounting to your $15 DS game with better playability. :(

  • chan

    @BrianB

    ........ I bought the game, the frame rate can a be choppy.... but it is not an action game...... it is turned based puzzle...
    While I do agree that it can be hard to hit the buttons and read some things...
    But its NOT that bad! just like anything else you get used to it
    In the end IT IS PUZZLE QUEST not...... i dunno some gay that requires great frame rate?
    I have this game on ps3 psp and ds.....
    i bought it for my Ipod touch because it is with me all the time.....
    the idea and core of the game is there.... all that matters to me...

  • snowy2004

    @BrianB So wait this the Original cut into 3 parts? Did you play it through to know? If so, what's up with that? Why can't we just stop it with the $9.99 barrier and start getting full, decent games on the iPhone/iPod touch?

    You might want to cut a bit of slack to TransGaming (the devs). I'm pretty sure this is their first iPhone game. Plus, is this a native app or is this one of their Cider ports? If so, that's probably another feat for the company.

    Then again, this might just be me feeling a bit of pity towards a Canadian company.

  • snowy2004

    @BrianB So wait this the Original cut into 3 parts? Did you play it through to know? If so, what's up with that? Why can't we just stop it with the $9.99 barrier and start getting full, decent games on the iPhone/iPod touch?

    You might want to cut a bit of slack to TransGaming (the devs). I'm pretty sure this is their first iPhone game. Plus, is this a native app or is this one of their Cider ports? If so, that's probably another feat for the company.

    Then again, this might just be me feeling a bit of pity towards a Canadian company.

  • http://www.shoutinggrounds.com BrianB

    @chan,

    There's no excuse for the frame rate or the poor visuals. It's a rush job. And it's not good enough as far as I'm concerned. Not that genre matters, but since you mention it puzzle games should be the least prone to suffering performance issues. If every other iteration of the game can run fine without massive hiccups (and a grotesquely stretched out quest scroll graphic) the iPhone version should too. It's like Mkaos was saying, that the dev's aren't taking the iPhone market as seriously as they should be. I don't even touch my DS anymore cause like you said chan, my iPhone is with me all the time and I would prefer to play games on it. But instead of developers thinking that they can throw any old code on my phone they should take some care in releasing an appropriately polished port that takes advantage of the hardware like they would for every other system. Yes, it's PQ, but it's the shittiest version of PQ to date. Not very encouraging.

  • http://www.shoutinggrounds.com BrianB

    @chan,

    There's no excuse for the frame rate or the poor visuals. It's a rush job. And it's not good enough as far as I'm concerned. Not that genre matters, but since you mention it puzzle games should be the least prone to suffering performance issues. If every other iteration of the game can run fine without massive hiccups (and a grotesquely stretched out quest scroll graphic) the iPhone version should too. It's like Mkaos was saying, that the dev's aren't taking the iPhone market as seriously as they should be. I don't even touch my DS anymore cause like you said chan, my iPhone is with me all the time and I would prefer to play games on it. But instead of developers thinking that they can throw any old code on my phone they should take some care in releasing an appropriately polished port that takes advantage of the hardware like they would for every other system. Yes, it's PQ, but it's the shittiest version of PQ to date. Not very encouraging.

  • s0mah

    I'm a little confused as to the unexpanded game comment. The pic above shows the player as Bard, which IIRC is not a core class. I haven't dled the app yet, so I have no clue if the screenshot is even accurate.

    Anyone with the game, care to fill me in?

  • s0mah

    I'm a little confused as to the unexpanded game comment. The pic above shows the player as Bard, which IIRC is not a core class. I haven't dled the app yet, so I have no clue if the screenshot is even accurate.

    Anyone with the game, care to fill me in?

  • http://www.shoutinggrounds.com BrianB

    @snowy2004

    I'm basing the 3 app split comments on the line from the post that reads:

    "...but this represents the first chapter of a trilogy of iPhone titles that make up Puzzle Quest Challenge of the Warlords."

    So from this we're assuming that PQCW is the original un-expanded game and the 3 apps will combine to this full original PQCW title. *shrug*

    Also, I'm cool with Canada and I support dev's by purchasing their software. But if TransGaming can't release puzzle quest on a device that's calling out for the chance to do the game justice, maybe D3 publisher should have picked a first-string team. Make a brickbreaker clone if you're just starting out, don't f-the hell out of PQ, a major property.

  • http://www.shoutinggrounds.com BrianB

    @snowy2004

    I'm basing the 3 app split comments on the line from the post that reads:

    "...but this represents the first chapter of a trilogy of iPhone titles that make up Puzzle Quest Challenge of the Warlords."

    So from this we're assuming that PQCW is the original un-expanded game and the 3 apps will combine to this full original PQCW title. *shrug*

    Also, I'm cool with Canada and I support dev's by purchasing their software. But if TransGaming can't release puzzle quest on a device that's calling out for the chance to do the game justice, maybe D3 publisher should have picked a first-string team. Make a brickbreaker clone if you're just starting out, don't f-the hell out of PQ, a major property.

  • http://www.shoutinggrounds.com BrianB

    @s0mah

    Ok, my bad. The two versions of the game I've played the most are the DS version and the un-expanded Xbox 360 version (before my third RRoD). I've recently bought the Ps3 version which comes with the expansion so I'm not used to the differences. Yes, you can be a Bard, Warlock, etc so I guest that it's expanded (I was too distracted by the visual equivalent to dry-heaves I was experiencing to notice) So I'm guessing that when Puzzle Quest Challenge of the Warlords is mentioned we are to assume that they mean the 1.5 version that Xbox 360 and PS3 (I assume PC as well) are running, not the original 1.0 versions released to the xbox 360 or the DS. Technicalities aside, yes, you can be a Bard with all of the scretchmarked graphics and slow-down on the iPhone or iPod Touch. ;)

  • http://www.shoutinggrounds.com BrianB

    @s0mah

    Ok, my bad. The two versions of the game I've played the most are the DS version and the un-expanded Xbox 360 version (before my third RRoD). I've recently bought the Ps3 version which comes with the expansion so I'm not used to the differences. Yes, you can be a Bard, Warlock, etc so I guest that it's expanded (I was too distracted by the visual equivalent to dry-heaves I was experiencing to notice) So I'm guessing that when Puzzle Quest Challenge of the Warlords is mentioned we are to assume that they mean the 1.5 version that Xbox 360 and PS3 (I assume PC as well) are running, not the original 1.0 versions released to the xbox 360 or the DS. Technicalities aside, yes, you can be a Bard with all of the scretchmarked graphics and slow-down on the iPhone or iPod Touch. ;)

  • chan

    @brianb

    dont buy it and quit trollin then...

    lol.

  • chan

    @brianb

    dont buy it and quit trollin then...

    lol.

  • http://www.shoutinggrounds.com BrianB

    chan,

    I already bought it, that's the problem. *smacks forehead* I hope that explains why I'm so angry.

  • http://www.shoutinggrounds.com BrianB

    chan,

    I already bought it, that's the problem. *smacks forehead* I hope that explains why I'm so angry.

  • http://www.1112game.com alexandre leboucher

    damn I was really wanting this...
    BTW I finished the whole Puzzle quest on DS in less than 20 hours if I remember correctly?!
    what's this episodic content? to refund the time spend working? on a port? (badly done at that?

  • http://www.1112game.com alexandre leboucher

    damn I was really wanting this...
    BTW I finished the whole Puzzle quest on DS in less than 20 hours if I remember correctly?!
    what's this episodic content? to refund the time spend working? on a port? (badly done at that?

  • http://www.shoutinggrounds.com BrianB

    I just noticed two more things about the game. The play field gets blurrier as you look to the bottom of the screen. It's odd, like an optical illusion. The skulls at the top are clearer than the skulls at the bottom. Also, not sure if you've noticed that the gems and character are squashed (note the gems aren't proper circles). Just another example of how the components of this game were probably ripped and hastily converted from another console version as others have speculated. I'll post some screens in a sec.

  • http://www.shoutinggrounds.com BrianB

    I just noticed two more things about the game. The play field gets blurrier as you look to the bottom of the screen. It's odd, like an optical illusion. The skulls at the top are clearer than the skulls at the bottom. Also, not sure if you've noticed that the gems and character are squashed (note the gems aren't proper circles). Just another example of how the components of this game were probably ripped and hastily converted from another console version as others have speculated. I'll post some screens in a sec.

  • http://www.shoutinggrounds.com BrianB

    Here's the nastily Streched Scroll

    Here's the laughably blurry Title Screen

    Finally, note the blur that increases as you look down to the bottom of the playfield.

    Not cool. Also when you defeat an opponent, the XP and Gold stat window doesn't even fit on the screen entirely. It cuts off at the bottom. :(

  • http://www.shoutinggrounds.com BrianB

    Here's the nastily Streched Scroll

    Here's the laughably blurry Title Screen

    Finally, note the blur that increases as you look down to the bottom of the playfield.

    Not cool. Also when you defeat an opponent, the XP and Gold stat window doesn't even fit on the screen entirely. It cuts off at the bottom. :(

  • Ninjasownpirates

    So i just bought it.

    First off all the bad is true. Blurry graphics, music is weird how it just switches and cuts to the next one. Much better on my DS. Text is kinda hard to read, the loading is long, all that is true.

    But it also is puzzlequest and it plays good enough and is fun. I have not been carrying my DS with me for a while so to have this one my phone now is so freaking sweet. Its not that bad really, the interface works, i dont know what this swipe thing is all about cause i can swipe from one gem to the next and have it move. But yea, its working good enough for 10 bucks and it has more characters then my DS version. Im satisfied. Disapointed a bit and pissed about them spliting it up in 3, but oh well, im probably just gonna buy the first one so in my world i just got PQ for 10 bucks and have new classes to play and now, as i said, it will be with me every where cause my iPhone unlike my laptop or even my DS, its welded to my hand.

    So thumbs up. Not a 5 star though, for sure.

  • Ninjasownpirates

    So i just bought it.

    First off all the bad is true. Blurry graphics, music is weird how it just switches and cuts to the next one. Much better on my DS. Text is kinda hard to read, the loading is long, all that is true.

    But it also is puzzlequest and it plays good enough and is fun. I have not been carrying my DS with me for a while so to have this one my phone now is so freaking sweet. Its not that bad really, the interface works, i dont know what this swipe thing is all about cause i can swipe from one gem to the next and have it move. But yea, its working good enough for 10 bucks and it has more characters then my DS version. Im satisfied. Disapointed a bit and pissed about them spliting it up in 3, but oh well, im probably just gonna buy the first one so in my world i just got PQ for 10 bucks and have new classes to play and now, as i said, it will be with me every where cause my iPhone unlike my laptop or even my DS, its welded to my hand.

    So thumbs up. Not a 5 star though, for sure.

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  • Jke

    Sadly, but true BrianB is too right in all those things he's been whining. Game looks awfull...nothing you would expect when dealing with Iphone. This game screams so badly some major update. It's like this isn't even finished product yet.

    Sry all spelling :D

  • Jke

    Sadly, but true BrianB is too right in all those things he's been whining. Game looks awfull...nothing you would expect when dealing with Iphone. This game screams so badly some major update. It's like this isn't even finished product yet.

    Sry all spelling :D

  • hatdude

    Way to expensive for an old game with no new content.

  • hatdude

    Way to expensive for an old game with no new content.

  • Quebec Rage

    Maybe I'll be one of the few to be positive about the game but I've never played the original version of PQ and I am in LOVE with this version. Sure the graphics are a little bit blurry but the gameplay is amazing. I am 100% sure that with upcoming patches the game game will get better. The 10$ price tag isn't an issue for me because I am used to pay full price for DS and PSP games at 40$. For anyone who haven't played the DS or XBLA versions I really recommend to stop looking at the reviews and go buy this amazing game !!!!

  • http://none Quebec Rage

    Maybe I'll be one of the few to be positive about the game but I've never played the original version of PQ and I am in LOVE with this version. Sure the graphics are a little bit blurry but the gameplay is amazing. I am 100% sure that with upcoming patches the game game will get better. The 10$ price tag isn't an issue for me because I am used to pay full price for DS and PSP games at 40$. For anyone who haven't played the DS or XBLA versions I really recommend to stop looking at the reviews and go buy this amazing game !!!!

  • Alan

    Good luck reading the typeface. This has been ported with absolutely no regard to the graphics capabilities of the iPhone's smaller than typical monitor screen.

    I am totally with Brian on this. If you know the game, maybe you know what the words are. If you don't know the game, the only help may be a jeweler's loupe or a microscope. Unfortunately, I was waiting and waiting for this and there isn't even anyone to complain to or suggest changes or improvements.

    The links for the publisher and support take you to a site "under construction." How lame is that?!

    I've informed iTunes support and will ask for a refund as soon as they deliver a receipt. Arrggh!

  • Alan

    Good luck reading the typeface. This has been ported with absolutely no regard to the graphics capabilities of the iPhone's smaller than typical monitor screen.

    I am totally with Brian on this. If you know the game, maybe you know what the words are. If you don't know the game, the only help may be a jeweler's loupe or a microscope. Unfortunately, I was waiting and waiting for this and there isn't even anyone to complain to or suggest changes or improvements.

    The links for the publisher and support take you to a site "under construction." How lame is that?!

    I've informed iTunes support and will ask for a refund as soon as they deliver a receipt. Arrggh!

  • shaug

    what a shame. i was so looking forward to this title. i don't mind the $10, even for episodic content. but this IP is too good to waste on a half-assed port, especially when the iPhone's UI is well-suited for PQ's gameplay.

  • shaug

    what a shame. i was so looking forward to this title. i don't mind the $10, even for episodic content. but this IP is too good to waste on a half-assed port, especially when the iPhone's UI is well-suited for PQ's gameplay.

  • Elliot

    I'm having a lot of fun with this.
    Sorry to the PQ veterans who weren't happy.

  • Elliot

    I'm having a lot of fun with this.
    Sorry to the PQ veterans who weren't happy.

  • wizard

    BrianB, thanks for saving me ten bucks. Not interested in the game being split into chunks, and I'm especially not interested in the bad port.

  • wizard

    BrianB, thanks for saving me ten bucks. Not interested in the game being split into chunks, and I'm especially not interested in the bad port.

  • Talorc

    Yeah, I was really hanging out for this as well. I've only ever played the PC demo (which was great), so I was looking forward to playing this on my iPhone.

    But it is obviously a pretty rushed port - they have done the bare minimum to port a version that is obviously for a larger system (PC maybe?) and it has left the graphics pretty crap and the UI abysmal. It's really fricking hard to read anything.

    Orions has a much better UI and graphics.

  • Talorc

    Yeah, I was really hanging out for this as well. I've only ever played the PC demo (which was great), so I was looking forward to playing this on my iPhone.

    But it is obviously a pretty rushed port - they have done the bare minimum to port a version that is obviously for a larger system (PC maybe?) and it has left the graphics pretty crap and the UI abysmal. It's really fricking hard to read anything.

    Orions has a much better UI and graphics.

  • Alan

    The good news:

    Their web site is now active with a support link.

    Support replied to me within eight hours and said "we'll definitely put text readability onto our shortlist for our first update."

    iTunes granted the refund immediately.

    I'm going to delete the game and will re-buy it if they announce an update with improved readability. I tried to play again tonight and it's almost painful to read the tiny type. Maybe if I wasn't a PQ newbie it wouldn't be a problem.

  • Alan

    The good news:

    Their web site is now active with a support link.

    Support replied to me within eight hours and said "we'll definitely put text readability onto our shortlist for our first update."

    iTunes granted the refund immediately.

    I'm going to delete the game and will re-buy it if they announce an update with improved readability. I tried to play again tonight and it's almost painful to read the tiny type. Maybe if I wasn't a PQ newbie it wouldn't be a problem.

  • thenewconfession

    yeah the frame rate sucks. But I think it is still pretty enjoyable. and there is still the hope that they can resolve some code via updates.

  • thenewconfession

    yeah the frame rate sucks. But I think it is still pretty enjoyable. and there is still the hope that they can resolve some code via updates.

  • Fokion

    Actually, you do get the new classes right from the start, so it should be reasonably safe to assume that the complete game will have the content of the original game plus expansion. Which is a lot of content and endlessly replayable.

    However, as ideal a fit as this title is for the iphone, the port is rather sloppily put together. Frame rate is inexplicably unstable, and all screens are blurry, even the intro screen. Which is a shame, as the art may be derivative, but it is attractive enough. This has an effect on the gameplay as well, as it takes a lot of squinting to figure out exactly your mana reserves, as well as your opponent's. On top of that, I couldn't find a way to check status effects (sure, I'm blind, but what does it mean?) and opponent's equipment, something that is definitely possible in other versions. For those players who haven't memorized the entire game, this makes planning your strategy slightly more difficult.

    Despite all that, the original design is so solid and the gameplay so deep and interesting, that the game is still one of the best offerings on iPhone in my book. The controls are OK, even though the lack of a zooming function makes selection a bit fiddly. It's still a fantastic game, and it's still a purchase that I recommend, as it features all the fixes and rebalancing that couldn't be implemented in the DS version (and by extension to the PSP one). Even if it is technically inferior, I find the concept of having PQ on my phone rather irresistible. Battery use is decent as well.

  • Fokion

    Actually, you do get the new classes right from the start, so it should be reasonably safe to assume that the complete game will have the content of the original game plus expansion. Which is a lot of content and endlessly replayable.

    However, as ideal a fit as this title is for the iphone, the port is rather sloppily put together. Frame rate is inexplicably unstable, and all screens are blurry, even the intro screen. Which is a shame, as the art may be derivative, but it is attractive enough. This has an effect on the gameplay as well, as it takes a lot of squinting to figure out exactly your mana reserves, as well as your opponent's. On top of that, I couldn't find a way to check status effects (sure, I'm blind, but what does it mean?) and opponent's equipment, something that is definitely possible in other versions. For those players who haven't memorized the entire game, this makes planning your strategy slightly more difficult.

    Despite all that, the original design is so solid and the gameplay so deep and interesting, that the game is still one of the best offerings on iPhone in my book. The controls are OK, even though the lack of a zooming function makes selection a bit fiddly. It's still a fantastic game, and it's still a purchase that I recommend, as it features all the fixes and rebalancing that couldn't be implemented in the DS version (and by extension to the PSP one). Even if it is technically inferior, I find the concept of having PQ on my phone rather irresistible. Battery use is decent as well.

  • MadMinstrel

    I've been waiting for this for some time now. But since all they're offering is a $10 glorified demo of a botched port, I guess my dollars will stay firmly in my wallet.

  • MadMinstrel

    I've been waiting for this for some time now. But since all they're offering is a $10 glorified demo of a botched port, I guess my dollars will stay firmly in my wallet.

  • incriminified

    I agree with BrianB. Whoever gave the thumbs up to green light this release, should really be doing something else with their efforts. It is so obviously due to trying to catch the christmas spending period. These issues in the game don't break the game per se, but they are really distracting. To me anyway. And just when you manage to put it all out of your head, the music changes 5 times in the span of 5 seconds. Ugggh!!

  • incriminified

    I agree with BrianB. Whoever gave the thumbs up to green light this release, should really be doing something else with their efforts. It is so obviously due to trying to catch the christmas spending period. These issues in the game don't break the game per se, but they are really distracting. To me anyway. And just when you manage to put it all out of your head, the music changes 5 times in the span of 5 seconds. Ugggh!!

  • John Smith

    Paying twice as much for half the quality?

  • John Smith

    Paying twice as much for half the quality?

  • fastlanestranger

    I dig it...I agree they should have spent more time with the framerate but swipe works fine for me, so not sure what that's about. And the core game play is there...which is what I love about the game. Having it on my phone has me stoked, in spite of the fact that it's not perfect. If you like PQ you should buy this.

  • fastlanestranger

    I dig it...I agree they should have spent more time with the framerate but swipe works fine for me, so not sure what that's about. And the core game play is there...which is what I love about the game. Having it on my phone has me stoked, in spite of the fact that it's not perfect. If you like PQ you should buy this.