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Enter the dark and savage lands of the Asharin Empire as you battle to avenge the atrocities the Empire brought upon your tribesmen. On your challenging quest you will fight fierce beasts and battle hardened warriors with a new puzzle combat mechanics that will test your skills. This new puzzle combat system is based on real time action so players will have to think fast and posses sound strategies to best their opponents. As you progress through the adventure you will level up your character through a diverse skill tree full of magical and physical attacks. Players can collect a wide variety of weapons and armor by winning them in combat and purchasing them at vendors. Players can also venture into the depths of the many dungeons to search for rare and powerful items. Expanding on the already high replay value of the main storyline, players can challenge your friends to duels, level up your character in Quick Battles, or play Mini-Games to unlock new spells, items, or potions.

Specifications

Manufacturer Konami Of America
Mfg Part# 26051
SKU 211244214
UPC 083717260516
UPC 14 00083717260516
Format PSP
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ReviewSource 1UP.com
Review Since the surprise success of D3's Puzzle Quest in 2007, many developers have scrambled to re-create that game's perfect combination of RPG veneer and simple, gem-breaking fun. None (even D3's own Puzzle Quest: Galactrix) has managed to do so. None, that is, until... a game that will probably come out at some point is the future, but is not Konami's latest attempt, Puzzle Chronicles...Now, Chronicles ain't a bad game per se, it just can't help being painfully obvious in its "I'm a poor man's Puzzle Quest" design mentality. Set in a low fantasy (think Conan the Barbarian) rather than a high fantasy (think The Lord of the Rings) world, Chronicles otherwise virtually copies the Puzzle Quest's structure. The primary campaign follows your character as he grows from a lowly whelp into a seasoned warrior by harrowing an increasingly difficult set of challenges. Mostly, this involves fighting monsters and other baddies, but Chronicles also throws some minigames at you when you need to do stuff like find treasure, forge items, or level up your pet...It's a tried-and-true methodology, but the gameplay itself just doesn't have that addictive draw that Puzzle Quest, Bookworm Adventures, and other casual-RPG/adventure games have. Part of it is the fact that it's so obviously derivative, and part is the ridiculous, But the biggest reason is that the game sacrifices simplicity in the service of making itself "different." Obviously it has to do this to some degree -- nobody wants to get sued for copyright infringement -- but Chronicles really does feel like it was designed to be "like X, but different."...Again, this doesn't make Chronicles bad -- once it gets going it offers levels of depth (both in the story and the gameplay) that do it much credit -- but overall, the game suffers by comparison to stronger titles that are similar enough to make such a comparison unavoidable. It's interesting, if nothing else, to see Chronicles as a case-study in game design: Why has a formula that seems so simple on the surface been so difficult to duplicate? And if you have the answer to that question, please call me so we can start making a lot of money together.
Reviewer Eric Neigher
ReviewRating 7
Features
5 Mini-Games: Test your puzzle skills in 5 mini-games that will unlock items and provide even more enhanced abilities.
Dungeon Exploring: Seek out hidden treasures and equipment that only true Heroes should have by battling your way through dungeons throughout the Asharin Empire.
Persistent Hero: No matter what mode you are playing in, Single Player, Versus, Quick Battle, or Mini-Games, your Hero will acquire skills and experience, unleashing new ways to experience the game.
Puzzle Combat RPG: An active puzzle combat mechanic blends the fun and skill of puzzle games with the strategy and adventure of RPGs for a truly epic gaming experience.
Versus Mode Battles: Challenge your friends locally or online to a puzzle battle to see who will reign supreme as the ultimate champion of the Asharin Empire.
Tech Specs
Product Type Software
Manufacturer Part Number 26051
Manufacturer Website Address www.konami.com
Manufacturer Konami Corporation
Product Name Puzzle Chronicles
Brand Name Konami
Distribution Media/Method UMD
Platform Support PSP
Features Puzzle Combat RPG: An active puzzle combat mechanic blends the fun and skill of puzzle games with the strategy and adventure of RPGs for a truly epic gaming experience Dungeon Exploring: Seek out hidden treasures and equipment that only true Heroes should have by battling your way through dungeons throughout the Ashurin Empire Versus Mode Battles: Challenge your friends locally or online to a puzzle battle to see who will reign supreme as the ultimate champion of the Ashurin Empire 5 Mini-Games: Test your puzzle skills in 5 mini-games that will unlock items and provide even more enhanced abilities Persistent Hero: No matter what mode you are playing in, Single Player, Versus, Quick Battle, or Mini-Games, your Hero will acquire skills and experience, unleashing new ways to experience the game Loot and Battle Skills: Customize your Hero's puzzle combat style by using mighty weapons, enchanted armor, special battle skills, and more
Software Name Puzzle Chronicles
Software Sub Type Puzzle Game
Software Main Type Game
ESRB Rating E10+ (Everyone 10 and older)
PEGI Rating Not Applicable
Rating Descriptor Fantasy Violence / Mild Suggestive Themes
Player Connectivity Mode Online / Co-op
Single Player Support Yes
Network Compatible Yes
Game Expansion Pack No
Product Attributes
Game Format Sony PSP
Game Genre Action
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GamingXP.com ...one of the best portable games out there.
PSFocus.com The game has a very good atmosphere, nice voice-acting and nice graphics. The game is hard, but it's a good one!

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