Review: Puzzle Quest: The Legend Returns (Nintendo Switch)

Puzzle Quest The Legend Returns

Puzzle Quest: The Legend Returns combines the classic match 3 puzzle game with deep level role-playing. Match 3 or more gems of the same color in a row to gain mana used to cast spells, battle opponents, collect items and rewards, and advance in the quests!

Pros:

  • Great graphics.
  • 204mb download size.
  • Full touchscreen support.
  • Match 3 RPG gameplay.
  • Opening optional/repeatable tutorial.
  • 13 characters to choose from that are put into 4 difficulties-easy, medium, hard and very hard. Aside from that you also choose an avatar/portrait.
  • Online multiplayer using a password/private system.
  • Main quest along with many side quests and instances.
  • Managing quests is easy and clear.
  • Rock-solid gameplay.
  • 100 new quests.
  • Gameplay-match gems to power up supplies/get exp and coins and you are in a 1v1 fight.
  • Chilled soundtrack.
  • Earn EXP and level up to increase stats and powers.
  • Gold-earn in battle and spend in towns to buy new gear/items.
  • So much fun to play.
  • Easy to learn.
  • Play/explore how you want.
  • Boss encounters.
  • Deep RPG story/mechanics that are handled in a light and breezy way.
  • Simple controls.
  • Rumours-paid/free and these can give tips/lore on possible new quests.
  • Addictive.
  • Citadel-your home castle and you can upgrade and purchase new parts to unlock new bonuses and abilities.

Puzzle Quest The Legend Returns

Cons:

  • Difficulty spikes.
  • Slow starter.
  • Graphics do look a bit washed out.
  • No game speed options.
  • RNG plays a big part.
  • Doesn’t use new match 3 mechanics like L shapes and crosses.
  • Music hardly changes.
  • Slow to build cash.
  • Citadel stuff doesn’t get mentioned.
  • Low res images.
  • Mp is very limited.

  • 9/10
    Graphics - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Sound - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Accessibility - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Length - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Fun Factor - 9/10
9/10

Summary

Puzzle Quest is a game that has been around for many years now. I’ve had it on XBLA, PlayStation 2 and a mobile I think. This time around on the Nintendo Switch they have added full touchscreen which not only makes sense but also works really well. The gameplay is mostly unchanged and still as solid as ever if you have played the game before then there is a little surprise. New players get treated to a long intro to systems in play and tutorial pop-ups. Unfortunately, the art and graphics are at low res and in certain circumstances look washed out and blurry. A bummer sure but it doesn’t affect the game in any way. I didn’t have as much fun with the game playing on the big screen, it’s definitely geared more towards handheld play. In short, the game is just the same game as before with a few Switch additions and multiplayer which is limited and only good when playing against friends. I still think the game is one of the best RPG match 3 games out there and even after all these years no one has come close, I just wish a little more was added and mixed it up for returning players but hey I still knocked up tens of hours of gameplay and I’m not stopping anytime soon so have it.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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