Hey Geekshelfers! Lately, I've been having a TON of fun playing a game called Puzzle Strike. It's a game inspired by the card game, Dominion and one of my all time favorite video games: Puzzle Fighter. Let's take a look at what you get inside the box, shall we?
|Puzzle Strike's cast of characters! Great art!|
|Jaina and Grave's character chips!|
However, the truly fun part of the game is crashing gems and sending them to your opponent! Just like Puzzle Fighter, you can counter-crash your own gems to prevent more gems from piling onto your side of the board.
Be careful, though because if you ever have 10 gems in your pile, its game over! The brilliant design of this game, though is that the more gems in your pile, the more chips you draw from your bag, essentially making you more dangerous as you come close to dying!
Let's look at this example of gem crashing:
First of all you can see that I've got a 2 gem and a 1 gem which I've then combined into a "3" gem using the purple "combine" chip. Next, I used a purple "Crash!" gem to destroy that "3" and send 3 "1" gems over to my opponent!
|Gem crashing goodness!|
This chip, for example, costs 3 gems (remember, gems in your hand are considered "money") and allows you to draw 3 more chips when played. Very helpful, indeed!
If you can't buy anything, though, you MUST take a wound chip (seen below) which essentially clogs up your "deck".
|These wound chips are annoying since they clog up your "deck"|
|my pile of 8 gems....|
|Joy crashes a "4" gem and sends it over to me to win!|
Puzzle Strike solves that problem with the brilliant gem crashing mechanic that keeps you invested in the game even when it's the other player's turn. Dominion isn't a bad game by any means but I may no longer play it now that I own Puzzle Strike.
|wonderful component tray and chip bags!|
Get this one played, people! You'll thank me for it!
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