D3 Go! and Wizards of the Coast have launched Magic: The Gathering – Puzzle Quest on iOS and Android. Developed by Hibernum Creations, the game mixes match-three puzzle battles with elements from the Magic: The Gathering trading card game.
In each battle, players make matches with three or more colored stones to fill the cards in their hand with mana. When each card is filled, it’s played to the board, with different kinds of cards having different effects on battle.
For instance, creature cards come in three types. First, attacker cards will automatically attack the enemy on each turn, while defender cards will prevent players from taking damage by receiving damage themselves (until their health points run out). Finally, berserker cards will attack the enemy’s cards, rather than the enemy itself.
Other cards are support or spell cards. Support cards can change the color of gems on the board, or change the stats of other cards (as examples), while spell cards have a one-time effect on the game.
Finally, the player hero (called a Planeswalker) also has special abilities, which are charged as players collect loyalty points by making matches with regular stones or special Planeswalkers symbols. Once they’ve collected enough points, users can spend these to trigger skills on their turn. Gamers can level up their Planeswalkers using free currency, which allows them to unlock new special abilities.
Free and premium currency can be spent on card packs in the game’s store. Users can edit each character’s deck with the cards they collect over time to create a deck which fits their play style.
In a statement, Peter Andrew, vice president of publishing at D3 Go!, commented:
We can’t wait for Puzzle Quest and Magic: The Gathering fans to download and experience the game for themselves. Magic: The Gathering – Puzzle Quest is the perfect blend of match-three and trading card gameplay that is very easy to pick up and play, while providing great depth and strategy for those that truly want to master the game.