Looks like Transgaming is taking iPhone gaming seriously with a number of steady updates to their Puzzle Quest [App Store] game. The most recent 1.2 update added enough "performance, graphics, text and sound improvements" to where even the early nay-sayers seem appeased:

I just had a chance to play the 1.2 update and if you remember, I was probably complaining as loudly as anyone about readability issues. Well, I am very happy with the 1.2 update, which fixes almost everything I was dissatisfied with. The text is bolder and brighter on the battle screen and a filled-in font was substituted for the translucency effect in other screens. The game should now be playable without problems by anyone who needs reading glasses.

These were major improvements. I will be looking forward to the next two chapters and anything else released by transgaming, since it is clear they are listening to consumers. - amn624

But perhaps the most remarkable gesture, however, is the fact that Transgaming has told us that they will be releasing Chapter 2 of the series as a free update to current Puzzle Quest owners. Yes, that means 20+ more hours of gameplay to be added as a simple free upgrade in the next few weeks. Chapter 2 was originally planned to be an additional application that would be sold separately.

This means the $9.99 Puzzle Quest: Chapter 1 will become Puzzle Quest: Chapters 1 & 2 which represents a remarkable value in the App Store. By our reasoning (not confirmed by Transgaming), this should include the entirety of the original Puzzle Quest Nintendo DS release, while Chapter 3 seems to represent a later expansion pack.

In addition, a Lite version of the game will be released early next week so you can try the game before you buy.

But given the ongoing improvements and now with over 40 hours of gameplay, it certainly represents a great value at $9.99.

Gameplay video from version 1.0 and article about gameplay:


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App Store Link: Puzzle Quest, $9.99

  • coconutbowling

    I approve of the update and lite version.

  • coconutbowling

    I approve of the update and lite version.

  • Kevin

    Both updates have greatly improved the presentation of the game. No reason not to recommend this game now. 

  • Kevin

    Both updates have greatly improved the presentation of the game. No reason not to recommend this game now. 

  • TheTheory

    Well, PQ suddenly becomes a must-buy, which really makes me happy as reading all the bad stuff was making me sad.

  • TheTheory

    Well, PQ suddenly becomes a must-buy, which really makes me happy as reading all the bad stuff was making me sad.

  • marc

    ok, sounds good - i'm finally in.

  • marc

    ok, sounds good - i'm finally in.

  • thenewconfession

    Nice job Transgaming! The 1.2 update was stellar and the part 2 being free! Nice! This game comes highly recommended!

  • thenewconfession

    Nice job Transgaming! The 1.2 update was stellar and the part 2 being free! Nice! This game comes highly recommended!

  • marc

    well i've played it now for a couple hours. it's a great game, i've played it before. just for the record, in case anyone is still on the fence (the way i was), the spell text IS large enough to read. the story text IS really small and pretty blurry. i'm 37, wear glasses, and can hardly read it.

    let's just say that having put it down my eyes are pretty muched crossed up. i mean i love my wife, but seeing 3 of her is a bit much :)

  • marc

    well i've played it now for a couple hours. it's a great game, i've played it before. just for the record, in case anyone is still on the fence (the way i was), the spell text IS large enough to read. the story text IS really small and pretty blurry. i'm 37, wear glasses, and can hardly read it.

    let's just say that having put it down my eyes are pretty muched crossed up. i mean i love my wife, but seeing 3 of her is a bit much :)

  • http://bartig.posterous.com Bartig

    That sounds great! Awaiting lite version and while I already have the DS version, I might buy this if it really turns out to be better than on the video.

  • http://bartig.posterous.com Bartig

    That sounds great! Awaiting lite version and while I already have the DS version, I might buy this if it really turns out to be better than on the video.

  • wizard

    Please, please, please let one of the new premium titles be Puzzle Quest Galactrix.

  • wizard

    Please, please, please let one of the new premium titles be Puzzle Quest Galactrix.

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