Puyo Puyo Chronicle follows in genre-mix footsteps

The latest in the Puyo Puyo series strays far from its pure puzzle roots in many ways, but it does so by drifting into a burgeoning arena in its own right: the puzzle-RPG hybrid. Puyo Puyo Chronicle borrows liberally from 3DS peers Puzzle & Dragons X and Monster Strike (and progenitor Puzzle Quest before them), knowing that its distinct fun lies in the fact that, at the end of the day, you get to play some Puyo.

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Preview: MeiQ walks you through dungeon crawling

Stakes are high when the world is apparently at an end. In the world of MeiQ: Labyrinth of Death, everything has stopped. There’s no wind, animals and birds have disappeared, two moons appear in an eternal night sky and monsters are everywhere. The only solution is to send Machina Mages into Southern Cross’ labyrinths and have one of them rewind the world.

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Preview: Odin Sphere Leifthrasir addresses the aging issue

Some games age well; others don’t. It’s always a gamble, wondering how well your favorite will or won’t hold up 5, 10, maybe even 20 years later. The original Odin Sphere was released in May 2007 and seems as though it’s transitioned well. Vanillaware’s Odin Sphere Leifthrasir feels like it goes out of its way to modernize a classic by transcending former limits.

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