Puzzle Forge 2 Review: Weapon making fun

OVERALL IMPRESSION:

A definite improvement on the first game, Puzzle Forge 2 is fun and well-crafted.

INFO:

Developer: Tuesday Quest
Available for: Android, iOS

REVIEW:

Puzzle Forge was a great little game that combined RPR elements with weapon forging and strategy. There were 70 weapons to discover, 10 heroes to unlock, and a surprisingly long-lasting kind of fun to be had.

Puzzle Forge 2 takes the same formula and expands it into an even better, more addictive gaming experience.

You thought 70 weapons was nice? Puzzle Forge 2 has 2000 different weapons to forge. The gameplay is much improved as well: level up to earn skill points that you can use to improve your forge, buy items in the shop or receive them as presents from satisfied customers, and use the seasons to your advantage.

Your forge has a field of 6 by 5 squares where you place materials. Place three materials touching on the board and they turn into an ore of a higher class. Place two materials and a mold next to each other and you will get a weapon or armor part from that material. Three parts make a weapon – or strategically connect more than three parts and create a crafting combo.

The catch is that any space that held an ore or a mold that was just used to craft a weapon will remain hot – and unusable – for a number of turns after you make the weapon. This makes for some great strategizing and planning ahead when you’re working with higher level materials that need lots of prep.

You play in waves – each in-game day brings new customers to your forge. Some need specific weapons with gems or enchantments (both of which you can buy in the shop or level up with a skill point). Others will take whatever you offer them (you will learn to love these soldiers – perfect fodder for clearing up your play space!). Sometimes “special” customers come in. They ask for more difficult to make weapons, or give you various other tasks to complete (like frying some sausage on the hot tiles!).

You start out with two hearts. Failing to deliver a weapon to someone costs you a heart. Losing both hearts or completely filling up your forge board means game over. Getting a game over doesn’t really cost you anything, though. You keep your items and money and get to start with a fresh board, and on day one. The game over also resets the day count – so it’s a good motivation to keep playing to see how long you can keep your forge open at one time.

As an added bonus, the microtransactions are non-intrusive – an important point for mobile games these days. You can pay to remove the ads, or to get more gold, neither of which are really necessary.

In short, Puzzle Forge 2 is a fun little game and much improved from the original (which is also lots of fun!).