Infinite Interactive's Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords was a dark horse hit if ever there was one. Released without much to-do in March 2007 for the DS and PSP, the game captured critics with its mash-up of Bejeweled-style gameplay and role-playing game storyline. The RPG puzzler was later ported to a number of other platforms, such as the Wii and Xbox 360, and garnered a number of awards, including GameSpot's Best PSP Game of 2007.
Having released the tepidly received sci-fi follow-up Puzzle Quest Galactrix earlier this year, D3 Publisher announced today that Puzzle Quest will see a proper sequel for the Xbox 360 and DS in spring 2010. As with its predecessor, Puzzle Quest 2 will see gamers playing out an RPG storyline as they battle a variety of mythical beasts in the match-three puzzle arena.
Whereas the original Puzzle Quest classes stuck closely to fantasy tropes, the sequel will offer the slightly more exotic professions of war mage, inquisitor, barbarian, and assassin. The game will also feature a fresh load out of weapons, spells, and armor, as well as new monsters and villains to vanquish. In addition to story mode, the game also features instant action, tournament, and multiplayer modes.
For an idea of what to expect from Puzzle Quest 2, check out GameSpot's review of the original.