We're living in a world where anything that's even a vaguely popular IP is getting a Puzzle Quest spinoff. (Ok, I'm exaggerating, but seriously, there are a ton of branded match-3 games in the world.) The latest to get such a treatment is the grandfather of CCGs Magic: The Gathering from Wizards of the Coast. On paper, this seems like a pretty incredible idea. Magic the card game has decades worth of cool characters and a whole universe full of lore to utilize. The possibilities are endless for an incredibly deep crossover game, but we'll have to wait and see what developer Hibernum Creations does with it all. For now, here's some screens.

Magic Puzzle Quest_Game Board Magic Puzzle Quest_Spell Display

While the original Puzzle Quest and its sequel are bonafide classics, the more recent spinoffs Marvel Puzzle Quest [Free] and Adventure Time Puzzle Quest [Free] have somewhat alienated long-time fans of the series. Not that the recent games are bad, but they're highly social, highly free to play games aimed at the casual market, whereas the original games were something that appealed more to the core gaming group. It seems like with the Magic IP on board there's potential to make the ultimate, super deep fantasy RPG matching game crossover, but more than likely it'll be just like the last couple of games with a Magic skin.

Magic Puzzle Quest_Pre-Battle Info Magic Puzzle Quest_Chandra Abilities

Hey, we'll see! I don't want to be a Negative Nancy over here, just don't want to get my hopes up too high, you know? Anyway, look for Magic: The Gathering - Puzzle Quest to arrive this fall, and possibly look forward to some hands-on impressions from either Eli or Carter if they can track it down as the game will be on display at PAX Prime later this week.

  • http://www.wavelightgames.com/ WaveLightGames

    I don't have high expectations here. Sad to see a great IP like Magic do a match 3. Hope to be proven wrong.

    • Milotorou

      Youre not alone my friend...

  • HelperMonkey

    Snore...

  • pauldavidmerritt

    No.

    • Stormourner of the Nature

      yes

  • Serenityinaz12

    I've got an idea, how bout they actually make a proper iPhone version of their TCG instead of garbage like this.

    • Milotorou

      ^ this

      • Orry Suen

        It won't work. You don't want to play magic on your phone with 28 (approx buttons) nor do you want to lose because you have a bad connection.

  • spader623

    No sir

    • Stormourner of the Nature

      yes sir

  • db2

    Knowing how auxiliary the "puzzle" will be to the actual game balance, it might make more sense to call this "IAP Quest".

    • Martin Meier

      Did you ever play Gems of War? A social-driven f2p puzzle quest. It's really great and there's no need to buy any IAP. And before anyone played Magic Puzzle Quest, and because of that having no idea about IAP, paywalls and game balance, holding back prejudices might be a good idea.

      • db2

        Considering the empire MTG has built on power creep and squeezing out more money to stay competitive, I'd say it's more just cautious extrapolation than prejudice.

      • Martin Meier

        Ok, I can agree with your point, a little cautiousness is never wrong when it comes to f2p, but I still like to stick to the "innocent until proven" rule.
        Maybe I am a bit sensitive here, but the level of prejudices towards games that no one has played for even a minute is sometimes really high.

  • Wizard_Mike

    The latest Duels was a flop compared to their deluded expectations of Hearthstone-esque success, so they were like, "Screw it, let's just make a match three game."

    • jollyllama

      I had such high expectations for the new Duels, and I was fully prepared to forgive the clunkiness come to expect from us. However, I just can't forgive how damn buggy it is, both on the client and server side. I have to *really* want to play MtG to launch Duels instead of Hearthstone, which I know at the very least will actually work.

  • JasonLL

    Marvel Puzzle Quest is my favorite Puzzle Quest of all time, even liked it better than the "core gamer" original and it's sequel, but I thought Adventure Time Puzzle Quest was a bit slow and while I had fun I did care for it as much (only played the first public release of ATPQ so things may have changed quite a bit).

    Magic The Gathering is the perfect IP to turn into a Puzzle Quest property since the gathering resources and then executing a spell / ability is the backbone of both Magic and Puzzle Quest gameplay. I am cautiously optimistic that the developers can create something really cool since they have literally decades of resources to pull from if they decide to be that ambitious.

    • Sithinious

      Agreed. Love MPQ, love Magic. Cautiously optimistic here. Actually my first thought at seeing a mashup of Puzzle Quest and Magic was "Damn. ANOTHER game I'll spend far too much time playing". Hope it's good.

  • squirpe

    I'm going to go against popular opinion and say I'm actually interested in seeing how this turns out. Although I would have prefered them to go the route of the old MTG (Shandalar) PC game, which was completely awesome and would be great on iPad.

  • Quazonk

    Aw, sweet, a match-3 game? I was hoping the App Store would get one of these one day! Man, who hatches these innovative and novel ideas?

    You know what they should do? Is invent a game where you're running automatically, and you avoid obstacles and see how far you can get. Like the game would just be endless and you run as far as you can to get a high score! I swear I should patent that idea.

    • alduinslayer

      Sarcasm much?

      • Quazonk

        Ok, might have gone "Randy Marsh in the Sarcastaball episode of South Park" there for a minute, but c'mon!!

      • alduinslayer

        Wat?

  • Axl3dd

    No offline play no deal to the garbage with the rest of your must need data connection match 3

  • stateyb

    Mmm... One step closed to some D&D apps...