Puzzle & Dragons Is An Addictive Mix Of Puzzle Quest And Pokémon

By Spencer . November 12, 2012 . 5:44am

1 Puzzle Quest’s smashing success sparked the match three RPG genre and Puzzle & Dragons from GungHo Online Entertainment adds the addictive element of raising monsters. Comparatively, Puzzle & Dragons is easier to play. You don’t have to manage mana or worry about the computer snagging skulls. Match three green orbs and all of the green monsters in your party attack. Enemies patiently wait until the turn number over their head reaches zero to strike back.


Puzzle & Dragons has a rock-paper-scissors system where water quenches fire, fire ignites wind, and wind cuts through ice. Light and dark elements oppose it each other. You can bring five of your monsters into a dungeon. I started out with a balanced party with one monster of each element. The advantage with this team is you always land an attack if you match three orbs. However, you might want to gamble with an all blue monster party for the Dungeon of Fire. This group can take down red enemies with ease, but you have to hope blue gems will pop up.



There are different types of monsters in Puzzle & Dragons too. Carbuncles have a skill that restores HP without taking a turn and Titans can change all of the healing orbs into a certain color like red. Your reward for clearing a dungeon is a new monster, probably a handful of new monsters. The game has a fusion system, but it’s really a "feeding" system since you can level up or evolve one monster by fusing up to five weak ones into it. 


Whether it’s creating the ultimate dragon or clearing another dungeon there is always something to do in Puzzle & Dragons. Well, as long as you have stamina. Entering a dungeon drains some stamina and when you run out your dragon is too tired to go on a quest. It takes ten minutes of real time to recover one point of stamina, but you can get right back into the game by using a magic stone to instantly refill your stamina meter. Magic stones, of course, cost real world money. That’s probably a good thing for me otherwise I wouldn’t get anything done and (shhh…) if you really want to get back in the game just change your device’s clock. If you buy them, magic stones are better spent pulling a dragon’s paw to get a rare monster or expanding the size of your monster box. Puzzle & Dragons is a freemium game, but there’s plenty to do without spending a dime.


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GungHo Online Entertainment America localized Puzzle & Dragons in English, but it looks like only the iOS vesion is in English. You can grab that here or get the Japanese version if you have Android.

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  • hybrid897

    Only available in US atm. Hope it comes to aus.

  • Zanetsu

    I went through some small hoops to be able to download it(me being from Sweden and it not being on my local appstore). For a free game, it seems pretty nice, not beating me over the head too much with the premium currency. I like the art style, haven’t played enough to see a lot of different monsters yet but there’s some interesting variety there.

  • Renaldi Saputra

    I think it doesn’t look like pokemon. Instead, it looks like the upcoming Digimon Crusader where in Crusader using card system instead of puzzle.. matching 3 cards and it begins to attack..

  • s07195

    My friends are addicted to this game. 0_0
    When they play, I wonder how they manage to swipe around the screen and create combos so quickly. I don’t play this myself, mostly because I don’t have an android phone.

    Might try it out later on.

    • KuroNathan

       The trick is that you can move an orb around as much as you want for a certain time limit, instead of just picking it up an dropping it on a three combo so quickly take advantage of the fact that you move other orbs around while moving your active orb.

      you can use this to your advantage to move two or three orbs at once if you’re fast enough.

  • RocioTuffs

    Having more powerful friends, good monster formation will make me very addictive. I really love my level 30 Siren even at rank 10 lol

  • Itimnapayaso

    Puzzle and Dragons made me sleep late..lol

  • Xekyo

    I’m so addicted to this game!  On my second pull at the rare dragon claw machine, I got Vritras the Dark Dragon God.  He’s a 5 star and by the looks of it, he can evolve even further.  He already looks awesome as is now.  Now my team is one member short but they pack a punch.  I have Pheonix Knight, Dragon Knight and Undine on my team.  lol and I just found out that the starters have a fourth evolution.  I think the only problem i’m having now is only having 20 slots in the monster box.  I’m so torn between either saving up to use the Rare Slot machine again or using these two magic stones to Expand my box by 10.  I need to sleep.  That one hour a day Tip doesn’t really help.  lol

  • Itimnapayaso
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