Puzzle & Dragons Nets 7 Million Downloads, Now Invading Crane Machines

By Spencer . January 26, 2013 . 9:02am


GungHo Online Entertainment’s biggest mobile success is Puzzle & Dragons. The addictive mix of Pok√©mon and Puzzle Quest reached 7 million downloads. That number includes the new Kindle version.


Soon, the dragons from Puzzle & Dragons will hide in UFO catchers. Tyra, Plessie, and Brachy plushies will be available for dexterous gamers as  prizes in Japanese crane machines. GungHo also made a set of stylish Puzzle & Dragons iPhone cases for fans to purchase online and in select stores.


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Puzzle & Dragons is available in English on iOS and Android.

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  • OverlordZetta

    .. Seriously? Is it actually really good, and not another dime a dozen tetris-slash-card-collecting game like I thought it was?
    Or are all the mobile games I take for granted as a dime a dozen ridiculously popular in Japan?

    • OverlordZetta

      Nope, that’s exactly what it is.

      • Raharu95

        What is it?

        • OverlordZetta

          Two parts to it:
          Part 1, it’s like your standard card collecting social game that Japan (and even the West) have become so ridiculously fond of – collect cards (or buy rarer, stronger ones) through the game, combine them to make them stronger, and so on.
          Part 2, put together a team of cards and basically play Bejeweled. Cards have different elemental allignments to match the different colors on the board, and when you do a match in their color, you do damage to the enemy monsters. Make combos, do more damage, etc. Clear a certain amount of screens to win an area, then move on to the next one and repeat.
          There’s literally DOZENS of these things (and hundreds when you just count the card collecting social games as I described in part 1) on the app store and they’re all identical to each other except for the pictures they use on their cards.

  • Cyrus

    Can’t find this game on the UK iTunes store. =/

  • Xekyo

    I actually really like this game. There may be dozens of games similar to this but this one hasn’t disappointed me in the least. I love the artwork, progression, and gameplay of it all.

    It’s a free to play game with a system where you can replenish your stamina, expand your monster box, buy magic stones; using real money if you can’t wait but i’ve had this game for at least 2 months now, played everyday since, and haven’t made a single purchase.

    It’s also a very good time killer. Whenever i’m waiting on something, i just play this and i never get bored. I haven’t passed a new dungeon in days because of how hard it’s gotten but that doesn’t bother me much. Just powering up the monsters I have towards their next evolution is good enough for now.

    If you love dragons, pokemon, puzzle quest, clean anime-esque artwork without having to spend a single penny this is a definite download. Of If you’re just looking for a time killer to play during break, lunch, really boring meetings, than this is for you.

    I only give it a strong 9/10 because although it isn’t needed, a trading system wouldn’t be so bad. The game does perfectly fine without it. It could either make the game that much better or kill it.

    It’d also be a nice feature to display your entire team instead of just the leader.

  • Elvick

    Still can’t download it in Canada. GungHo disappoints me.

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