Neopets Puzzle Adventure
Ingredients to making Othello cool: Krawk, Poogle, Kougra and Cybunny. Pop cartridge into DS and enjoy hours of adorable puzzling.
By the grace of maturity and testosterone, we escaped the virtual pet craze and took our rightful places as sexy men. Then Capcom struck a deal with Neopets and Infinite Interactive, the team behind the enjoyable Puzzle Quest, and now we find ourselves regressing and wondering what a Yurble is. Neopets Puzzle Adventure is the DS game we cannot resist.
It's not all that surprising, given Puzzle Quest's success and Capcom's pedigree. What we have is a cute yet addictive puzzle game in which you wander the massive land of Neopia meeting new characters and going on well over 150 missions, competing against other creatures in a furious bout of puzzling. Except instead of playing a Bejeweled clone, it's Reversi, also known as Othello. Here, the goal is to make sure your color dominates the eight-by-eight grid by turning over your opponent's pieces to match your own.
Plain old Reversi looks boring, so Capcom and Infinite Interactive gave it a Neopets spin. In case you haven't joined the millions of people that caught the fever, Neopets are virtual animals you care for within your computer, feeding and even reading to them before sending your critters into battle. Puzzle Adventure is basically the same concept, though much more streamlined. First you'll choose a species, whether it be Techo, Yurble or Blumaroo, among others, then choose a color. From there, you'll wander around and compete against other Neopets, the goal to not only win, but to also gain experience and access to over 100 petpets, pint-sized companions that aid you in battle. Actually, you can think of them as the replacement for the spells in Puzzle Quest; you can bring up to five in one round.
In addition, you'll acquire codes that you can redeem at the Neopets website and unlock various items. There's also wireless play for two players (no Wi-Fi Connection) and the DS exclusive mini-game Quick Draw, where shapes scroll past on the top screen and you must draw them on the bottom screen.
Although it's not as manly looking as Puzzle Quest, Neopets should be lots of fun. The sheer number of missions combined with the familiar and addictive puzzles will make it one of the more irresistible games this fall, so long as you can get over its cutesy appearance. Get ready to show your softer side when Capcom releases it November 25 for $29.99.