Puzzle Quest headed for XBLA

D3Publisher of America to support Microsoft's downloadable game service; first wave of titles to feature port of PSP, DS strategy game.

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With an array of titles from simple puzzlers (Zuma Deluxe) to fondly remembered retro fare (Castlevania: Symphony of the Night), Xbox Live Arcade has offerings for the casual gamer and the hardcore fan alike.

Both of those audiences might share an interest in one upcoming game, as D3Publisher of America today announced its support for Live Arcade, headlined by Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords. Combining the gem-matching gameplay of Bejeweled 2 Deluxe with the trappings, character advancement, and storyline of a fantasy role-playing game, Puzzle Quest met with positive reviews when it was released in March for the PlayStation Portable and Nintendo DS.

Puzzle Quest will be joined on the service by two more D3Publisher games. Developed by 21-6 Productions and originally released by Large Animal Games on the PC, RocketBowl puts a miniature golf twist on the sport of bowling, with twisted lanes, water hazards, and a number of rocket-powered balls. Previous games from 21-6 include the PC efforts Cyclone and Tube Twist.

The third game from D3Publisher headed for Live Arcade is the previously announced Mad Tracks, from Load, Inc. Inspired by "pull back and go" toy cars, Mad Tracks debuted as a downloadable PC racing game last year and featured a dozen cars, power-ups, split-screen and online multiplayer, and dozens of minigames and races.

D3Publisher did not give specific release windows for any of the games, but the company did say it will begin releasing Xbox Live Arcade games later this year. It also said these games would be "the first of many" that it would bring to Xbox Live Arcade.

Discussion

84 comments
Hitch39X
Hitch39X

this is a good game and it is for rpg gamers.

TheKretinousQ
TheKretinousQ

Uh oh PSP version too addictive! And now one on the 360?!? looks lik i might become obese!

thewesman
thewesman

Just got the DS version. Very interesting and addictive!

BlackdogGT
BlackdogGT

I'm just getting into it on my DS. So far, so good. Great twist on the puzzle genre.

borashed
borashed

Puzzle quest is so darn addictive and its music is great so it should not be missed

borashed
borashed

Puzzle quest is so darn addictive and its music is great so it should not be missed

lovermanxxx
lovermanxxx

omg i will definately be getting puzzle quest. i love that game on my PSP and have totally completed it but will DEFINATELY buy it again for 360 - achievement points and better graphics, great! that was like Lego Star Wars 2 - played it on PSP to death - then bought the 360 version.

AdemaSlipknot
AdemaSlipknot

I'll pick up Puzzle Quest (which hasn't left my PSP) and Rocketbowl. I just hop that PQ comes out soon...

flickds
flickds

Puzzle Quest is THE game. I'm glad I've already got it, but I'll probably get it again if it has multiplayer XBL support. That's the one thing that can make the most addicting game ever even more addicting.

Itaru
Itaru

This is happiness in a can.

ahyumifan
ahyumifan

Wow. This is great news. I was wondering if i can play this game in home console, and here we go. but this better have no loading time..

chibi-acer
chibi-acer

Puzzle Quest is awesome. I don't think I would want to play it with a gamepad, though. The PC and DS versions are easy to play.

crunchy9178
crunchy9178

Awww crap I'm well into the story with my PSP

TehPickle
TehPickle

Zor "I wonder if its going to be cheaper then the DS ver, if it is, am going to write them a very angry letter." Good point! I imagine puzzle quest will cost the same as that scandalously overprice billiards game (1200 MP)

Binarynova
Binarynova

Well, this news makes me glad I didn't go on a wild goose chase for the DS version. Bring on the Puzzle Quest XBLA. :)

Trision
Trision

Sweet, Puzzle Quest is a great game.

Trision
Trision

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lstr
lstr

How is this gonna "screw over" people who got it on DS or PSP? It's not like you can walk around with a 360 and XBLA in your backpack.

Zor
Zor

I wonder if its going to be cheaper then the DS ver, if it is, am going to write them a very angry letter.

RaiKageRyu
RaiKageRyu

Puzzle Quest is a great hybrid game.

azeos
azeos

will it be the full version of puzzel quest, that is the question. And if it is, how much will it cost, $20?

Overlord_Meril
Overlord_Meril

Ahahaha. Now I don't need to track down the DS version... But this kind of screws over everyone who bought it. Since it's going to be significantly cheaper... Well, probably. I'm fine with that though. XD

Ironclash
Ironclash

Well if Microsoft plans to go handheld, then i hope I can upload my XBLA games in it.

Truth01
Truth01

There goes my reason for buying a psp

Enginwolf04
Enginwolf04

I cannot keep up and even dream of maintaining all these XLBA games..... I wonder if there's anyone out there who has every single one..... some aren't worth playing, like New Rally-X... give me a break.

dadistiller
dadistiller

i love puxxle quest i play it all night at work, but i think that i will wait to buy anymore xbla games till i get my elite, so its linked to my system :(, other wise i would recommend puzzlequest to anyone

sinx1971
sinx1971

Sounds very interesting. is it gonna tickle me?

gamenux
gamenux

Thats the game I am playing on my psp.

b11051973
b11051973

I stink at puzzle games. I Couldn't even beat the tutorial on Puzzle Quest.

artika
artika

"monco59 More content is always a good thing, and the offerings from D3Publisher sound like worthy additions. Who knew XBLA would become so popular..." Microsoft knew ;)

jhz
jhz

XBLA is one of the best features of the 360 MP. I just cant get enough of lumines live.

monco59
monco59

More content is always a good thing, and the offerings from D3Publisher sound like worthy additions. Who knew XBLA would become so popular...

valestis
valestis

Can't wait for this! (Have to buy Xbox 360 first though..)

ulrikz
ulrikz

Omg! I think I'm gonna buy this!

konradak
konradak

XBLA is just getting better and better :)

Sephiroth99000
Sephiroth99000

puzzle quest in more places can only be a good thing ^_^

Smoov_B
Smoov_B

Sweeeeet! I was hoping they'd port it. I've been so jealous of my friends with DS's. The PC demo just isn't enough.

frostybubbler
frostybubbler

I was going to pick it up but then this damn Pokemon thing came along. I'm new to the whole Pokemon experience and I guess it's ok.

yukine
yukine

Nice. I'll have to pick up Puzzle Quest for the XBLA as well.