I can't think of a better headline than this one. I love Puzzle Quest 2 [$4.99]... and I love seamless online multiplayer via Game Center. I doubt I'm alone in that, so make sure you grab the latest PQ2 update as soon as you can find some fast WiFi today somewhere that you can stick around long enough to download all 576MB worth of goodness. If you're not into playing online and would prefer to play locally with a friend, Namco has you covered too. In addition to Game Center multiplayer, you can also play via both WiFi and Bluetooth.

Multiplayer can be played two ways: With a hero of your own that you have saved from the single player campaign, or using randomly generated heroes of whatever class you chose. If you chose random heroes, you can select low, medium, or high level characters and in both game modes you can set a turn timer anywhere from 5, 10, 20 seconds or none at all.

Multiplayer works very well aside from two minor issues which sort of play off of each other to snowball into a major issue. First off, it seems like games take entirely too long. Even with low level characters and attentive players, chopping through the 100 or so hit points you start with takes 10-15 minutes and I can't imagine how long it would take to get through a game with high level characters who come loaded with upwards of 500 hit points. Currently, there doesn't seem to be a whole lot of players playing online either.

These two things together make it very difficult to get matched up into a random game as it seems that the limited pool of players combined with the fact that there isn't much player turnover because you need to get involved in 10+ minute games to play. I'd love to see some kind of "sudden death" game mode or something like that which is limited to something like 5 minutes, or with characters that have even fewer hit points.

Either way, I'm just glad that Namco is still updating Puzzle Quest 2. And if you haven't played the game yet, check out our review and if nothing else, give the free version of the original a try. The Puzzle Quest series is a ton of fun.

  • Anonymous

    VERY VERY happy about this. I honestly didn't think they would put this through.

    So glad I was wrong.

    The biggest issue with the game is that it takes up SOO much space. It is a 500 Meg download, but requires 1.5 gigs for the install. That's nuts.

    It's fine on my 64 gig iPad, but on my old iPad which I gave to my wife, there is only 16 gigs of space, not enough when you factor in all the kids games and garage band.

    But I love it. I like the travel around the map, and sure you can't do all things you could in the first, this really feels more polished and is right in line with what you can get on xbox, that's saying something.

    All in all, I can play against my wife now, which is what I've wanted all along. Very well spent $5.

  • Anonymous

    I could swear I looked into the forum thread on this game a while back and was greeted by complaints the game was broken and a poor excuse for a port. That's what stopped me buying it... have the issues been fixed or something?

  • http://morereasonsyoushouldntfuckkids.tumblr.com Chungyen Chang

    They also finally gave it retina support. It looks amazing!

  • ColeDaddy

    Been waiting for this...hopefully it won't take forever to load up between scenes.

  • ColeDaddy

    Been waiting for this...hopefully it won't take forever to load up between scenes.

  • Theo

    This game is terrible. It's so sad, considering Puzzle Quest 1 was one of the greatest puzzle games ever (I still play it now).

  • Worship

    PQ2 is a "good game" if you haven't playd PQ1.
    compared to PQ1 it's a great dissapointment. PQ1 is by far the best Puzzle-RPG Meshup. the whole skill/gear part in PQ2 is just bad and the whole capture/spells/craft/castle system from PQ1 is missing.

    • Peterpan

      Nah. This game strips the pointless mini games down to just a few, and has a much more balanced, interesting combat system. PQ1 was a jack of a all trades, PQ2 does the important bits better and leaves (most) of the crap out.

  • SMP

    Quite Frankly, I would just download the multiplayer, and ignore the single player. But, according to the leaderboards, I seem to be one of only 22 people ranked at #4 with a "staggering" 2 wins, and 0 losses. So to anyone out there who bought it at some point.... bring it on b****

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