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.

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