Puzzle Monster Quest, for the iOS, has had me hooked since the day I got my hands on it. Now it might have been the simple fact that I'm a sucker for RPGs with a puzzle component to it, or maybe it was the fact that coupled with that was a free price tag. In this game you will be creating a group of creatures/monsters/heroes to battle through different levels, special events, and group activities.
You will get to level up your party to make them stronger, and eventually you will have the chance to see some of them evolve into an even stronger version of themselves. Now there is a catch with the leveling and evolving and that is that you have to sacrifice other creatures to accomplish the tasks. You will also notice that you have a limited amount of space that you get to work with when it comes to the number of creatures you can have in your inventory at one time.
Now the interesting thing is that your hero also gets some love from the leveling up and evolving mechanics in the game, but this time it doesn't take sacrificing creatures. You will be able to create weapons, armor, and helmets to better your character. Each of these items can be leveled up and/or evolved. To accomplish these tasks you will have to use ingredients that you have collected through your adventures in the game.
There is a lot to like about this game, you do burn energy to take on areas, and there isn't a set number of energy needed to complete the levels, so you'll have to keep an eye out for that. There's also the daily quests, tasks to complete, and the daily sign in bonus that will definitely keep you coming back at least for a short time to rake in some of the low hanging fruit.
The battle mechanics work like this, you will have your character on a grid with different colors on it. You will then draw a path of like colors around the board, once you've gone as far as you can you will simply lift up your finger and your hero will walk the path. Now you must be wondering what about the creatures in my party, well if the color you are walking on is the same as one, some, or all of the creatures in your party they will walk the path as well doing damage along the way.
Speaking of damage, there are several different types of damage found in this game, you will do damage simply by walking by an enemy, but if you walk enough in one shot you can unleash a special attack, this also applies to your creatures. So I think it's pretty obvious you're going to want to try to find the longest paths and walk them so you can unleash true power. There's also one other thing, you see as you are moving around the board you're also accumulating color points and if you have enough of a color you can unleash a special attack, or a creature can unleash a special attack. The best part about this is that each creature and your hero have a separate collection pool. So if you have a bunch of fire creatures and you walk along a red path all of them get the same amount to fill up their gauges and when one uses their special it doesn't affect the others.
I will say this, it does require an internet connection, so there's not going to be any playing of the game if your connection sucks. That being said, this is a fun game, there are TONS of different types of creatures, there are different special events that will unlock special creatures and ingredients for you. Actually, every time you complete an area you do get a random selection of creatures, gold, and ingredients, so don't think that the only way to get stuff is special events.
Here's the deal, if you like match-3 games with RPG mechanics and a ton of different party customizations to play around with, and the chance to find ultra rare ingredients or creatures, you will eat this game up. I have to say that for me personally, it is a bit difficult to play energy based games, but this is one of the few that I feel like I'm getting my money's worth. This game gets a 9.2 out of 10.