Puzzle Quest: Galactrix Interview


posted 2/25/2009 by The GN Staff
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How do you tweak the AI for each character in the game? Can you talk about how you make each character in the game different?
Ultimately, it comes down to the ships and the weapons/items for each race and character in the game. We were able to create a solid, base level of AI (that doesn’t cheat, by the way), enhance it with ship type, and then customize with weapons and items. There are limitless combinations of ships and items that allows for a wide variety of AI opponents. This is crucial to ensuring that as the player continues through the game, the AI remains competitive…and fresh.

It seems like there's a lot of discussion in the industry between what people call hardcore games and casual games. What do you think of the argument and where in the spectrum does Galactrix fit?
I think the line is blurring rapidly. “Hardcore” probably used to describe a game that was a first person shooter or maybe an MMO. But FPSs and MMOs are more successful than ever all over the world and convert first time gamers into hardcore grinding freaks. Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords was the first RPG for many “casual” players who then turned around and became RPG fans. So I would say it’s a “casual” game that turns you into a “hardcore” gamer!

Are there any real differences between the various versions of the game? Any chance we'll see one make it to the iPhone/iTouch in the future?
Each platform has its strengths, but the same gameplay is present in all versions of the game. We don’t have anything announced about iPhone/iPod Touch at this time, but don’t count it out as a possibility.

Can you spill some secrets in terms of advanced strategies or tactics that player should try out in the game? Do you have any personal tricks that you like to use in the game?
Sure, here are five must have tips for winning battles.

1. You control how pieces on the battle board refresh! So select a piece to make a match. Whichever direction you move that piece will dictate how all new pieces come onto the board for that turn. This also works in all of the mini-games.

2. Think about how your moves could benefit an enemy ship before you make them. Try not to help your opponent by leaving them a costly mine or shield match.

3. A great way to defeat your opponent faster is to always think about how you can do the most damage every turn. Try to think:
a. How can I do the most damage using what is on the battle board?
b. If there are no Mine matches, how can I use my items to damage my opponent?

4. Enemy ships will do anything they can to protect themselves. Don’t leave shield gem matches on the board for your opponent to use. Use them first!

5. USE YOUR ITEMS!!! Some of these ships are tough; proper use of items will make you considerably more powerful.

We'd like to thank Marcus for taking the time to answer our question and to Brandon for helping to coordinate the interview.

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