If you are into the puzzle RPG genre, you will be glad to know Gems of War, a new card-driven puzzle RPG that is soft-launched by 505 Games Mobile into the Australian and New Zealand App Store.
Gems of War is set in a fantasy world called Krystara. In it you play the role of a hero who sets off for the conquest of 15 kingdoms (with more planned). In each kingdom there are tough and quirky opponents to meet, tons of quests to complete and plenty of battles to fight. To triumph over the NPC rivals, you rely on not only your swords but also skills of matching gems and skulls.
On the puzzle board, you make matches of gems/skulls to guide your character and crew to cast spells or smite enemies. The length and complexity of a match and combo will influence the strength of an attack. As you conquer one kingdom after another, you will also be able to collect troops and recruit them to be your fighters. Presumably, there will be the card/character customization and upgrades.
Gems of War also integrates social elements to the gameplay. In addition to the single-player campaigns, it also prepares greater multiplayer challenges. You can compete with friends and other players in every kingdom for the title of Champion, and then defend your honor against the ravening hordes. You can also join a guild and take on common enemies together for great rewards.
Gems of War is made by the original creators of Puzzle Quest and for multiple platforms including Steam, iOS and Android. Its soft launch in limited areas is mainly for the test of “nicely robust” servers. And according to the publisher, it “won’t be too long” for its worldwide release on all intended platforms.
You can now download it for free on the App Store here.