little nervous. The nice PR man had already helped me out by generously
pushing back my appointment since I had slept maybe two hours during
the previous night, and here I was, about to be that guy who sheepishly
smiles blankly as the enthusiastic developer pours his heart out. When I
timidly arrived and he jovially asked how much I knew about Magic, I chose the honest route and said zero. When he hopefully asked if I knew anything about Puzzle Quest, and I shook my head, his shoulders fell almost imperceptibly. His sad eyes betrayed his desire to remain cheerful.
I’ve always been curious about Magic, so I clenched my toes and resolved to understand everything the developer was going to tell me. Like other Puzzle Quest games,
this is a match-3 game where you have to rearrange chromatic gems. You
play as a Planeswalker of your choice, which the internet tells me is
“among the most powerful beings in the Mulitiverse” and is also a cipher
for the player. Each Planeswalker specializes in a certain type of
mana, which correlates with a certain colored gem. By carefully choosing
gems that are better for your P’Walker, you can cast spells, use items,
and attack your opponents.
As I aimlessly matched Swamp mana gems, developer man told me that
while decks begin pre-assembled and tailored to each Planeswalker you
can choose from, you can also earn new cards through the game or through
buying booster packs. If you decide to buy a booster pack, you’ll be
shown more cards than you’ll actually get and can choose from that pool.
D3 Go! told me that they found inspiration by way of popular dating
(fucking) app Tinder, in that if you like a card, you can swipe right to
have sex with it acquire
it, and if you don’t you can swipe left to dismiss it. It’s almost the
same amount of fun, except here you’re judging and subsequently throwing
a card (instead of a person) in the bin.
While there will be a set number of Planeswalkers at launch, more
cards and characters will be available as time goes on. D3 Go! wants
special events to tie into the physical card-based game when they can,
and might even make certain cards easier to attain at these times. They
haven’t nailed down the pricing and timing of these events yet, but plan
to make sure this month’s variant of Puzzle Quest has a long span of life.
Though my awkward time with Magic: The Gathering – Puzzle Quest wasn’t
enough to teach me all of the intricacies of the upcoming mobile game, I
left curious. I might try it out this fall when it releases for free on
iOS and Android devices, if only as an opportunity to symbolically
apologize to D3 (kudos for being patient and fun!) for making their job
harder for fifteen skin-crawling minutes.
Let’s see who’ll be the first person to accuse me of not knowing anything about Magic in the comments. You have my permission to laugh at them. Or, you can be nice and point to the first paragraph. Your call.