Review : [Gyromancer] (2009) <PC>

Developer : Square Enix (w/ Popcap)
Release Date : 2009
Price : 14.95$ (PC), 1200 MS points + 240 (XBLA)

Could be better. Much better.


This trailer is for XBLA. But this review is for PC.

[Puzzle Quest : Challenge of the Warlords] is masterpiece, and I liked it a lot.1 So when another similar game released, I can't stop purchasing it. Furthermore, it had POPCAP name!

Just the problem is, this game is NOT so masterpiece. Even if I spent over 30 hours to clear & play little bit more for additional 3 maps, it could be much better.


1. Popcap might just share the [Bejeweled Twist] rule.

If Popcap really cared about this game, could be much-much-better. Recently they are making Over-Excellent games only. And Popcap didn't issue any press release at all, while they send me a lot of them.


2. Kicking away customers from this one, kinda business mistake.

I have a friend who purchased over 180 games from Steam only2, and he's fond of buying any kind of good games. He refused to purchase this one, because he read "XBLA version needs to buy additional 3 maps & player must purchase some in-game items." That's very bad thing. PC version for Steam has additional 3 maps for free(just unlock), and doesn't sell any in-game items. If Square Enix marked it exactly, as PC version is much better for that, he might buy it. ... However why they made it so different, when released at the same time?


3. [Puzzle Quest] was more complex. But as we see, [Gyromancer] seems to be more difficult.

I didn't know about that, but as I re-play [Puzzle Quest] for XBLA, I found that [Gyromancer] was more simple. [Puzzle Quest] has too many match-3 aspects. Battle / Get Skill / Make Weapon & Armor / ... etc etc. [Gyromancer] is all about Battle, and getting new Monster Card. It's more simple game, and somewhat easy to finish. But as I played both of the games until the end, I felt that [Gyromancer] was more difficult. The reason? As I assume, Square Enix wanted to make it more 'Hard Core' and just raised difficulties. I still don't understand why I must wander unknown map so a lot, and must clear Cascades 5 (or more) to get new Monster Card.

I liked this game, and saw ending after over 30 hours playing. Even so, [Puzzle Quest : Challenge of the Warlords] was still better.

Where to buy : Steam (PC) / XBLA (XBOX360)

Footnote.
  1. I even re-purchased for XBLA, and re-cleared to gain score. [Back]
  2. If count non-Steam & PSP-NDS, really a lot. [Back]
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