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Real Life - Neopets Puzzle Adventure
  • Posted by Terry
  • Posted on June 3, 2008, 5:49 am NST

We totally apologize for those who wish to remain in their NeoLife, but here's a tiny reminder that real life exists. :P

There's a new game coming out this holiday season, called Neopets Puzzle Adventure. If you have played Puzzle Quest (which I haven't), it's basically like that but with Neopets. (According to the article below, it seems like Pokemon and super fun game-board games thrown into a video game.)

At its recent Captivate event, Capcom unveiled a surprising new game from the makers of Puzzle Quest. Based on the Nickelodeon license of the same name, Neopets takes the Puzzle Quest formula and dresses it up with the popular children's property. Neopets are similar to Pokemon in that there are hundreds of little animals for kids to train and interact with. There are a slew of mini-games available at

Aside from taking on the licensed property, the other big change to the Puzzle Quest game is that instead of Bejewelled, conflicts are settled with games of Othello (Reversi). There is still an overworld map where players travel around and accept quests (over 150 in all), and it's much larger than what we saw in PQ. But once you enter a battle, you'll find the colored chips of Othello. If you've never played the land grab game, the goal is to claim the majority of the board by sandwiching your opponent's pieces with your own. Here, the player with the highest score will win a match, not necessarily the one with the most land.

Switching battles from Bejewelled to Othello really changes the feel of Puzzle Quest (sorry, we mean Neopets). Conflicts unfold more slowly and take longer to complete. Maybe we just suck at Othello. That is entirely possible.

There are hundreds of Neopets in their universe, but in this game players will have 12 to choose from and customize. There are 150 PetPets to be captured. PetPets grant the player new spells that can be cast during battle. By playing through the retail game, players will unlock codes that can be redeemed on the Neopets website for exclusive virtual items.

Based on feedback they received from Puzzle Quest, the developers made items more interactive so that you have to select them during battle. Players can equip a weapon and armor, but to get their benefit they must be activated. Doing so will cost a portion of your score, so you won't want to overuse them.

According to EuroGamer, you will be able to redeem codes from the game on Neopets. (I'd say Rare Item Codes ;) )

And as some of you may already know, "Neopets" is licensed from the popular web-based game/community run by Nickelodeon, where people create and nurture virtual pets and swap recipes and do all sorts via a website.

To tie in with the existing property, Neopets Puzzle Adventure will generate codes at certain points that players can redeem on the website to gain bonuses there.

The multi-platform game will offer around 150 quests in single-player, with mini-games and altered versions of the core Othello game used to upgrade your character's stock of spells.

There will also be multiplayer, and Capcom told Eurogamer at its Las Vegas Captivate 08 event last week that demos are likely, and Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation Network and PSP versions haven't been ruled out at this stage.

Neopets Puzzle Adventure will be released for your computer, the Wii and your super fun Nintendo DS.

I don't know. I really don't know now. :P A multiplayer, multiplatform game. Sounds a bit like KeyQuest, don't you think? D: *shrugs* Discuss it in the comments! (Oh, and if you haven't already, be sure to subscribe to our RSS Feeds!)

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