I like puzzle games and RPGs are my favourite genre as well. If you are the same then I can't recommend this game enough.
Even if you aren't a fan of one of the genres, this could be the game to convert you!!
I won't go too much into the game mechanics, as the descriptions on Play.com are already very good.
I will say, its one of the few games available for the PSP that I've been able to spend hour long sessions playing without even realising the time has gone by.
Combining puzzles with RPG elements is a stroke of genius and its difficult to think of a similar game that does it to such a high standard.
I also believe the game offers tremendous replay value. The 4 different character classes play very differently so, despite offering the exact same set of quests, it doesn't seem a chore to play through again.
Finally I will add that the presentation of this game is also good and compliments the excellent game-play.
As you can probably tell, I really enjoyed this game.
However, I do believe there are problems with the PSP version: -
1) The graphics are good but there is occasional, very minor slow down when obtaining long chains or launching some of the more powerful spells.
2) During the various quests you can obtain support characters that are meant to influence how the puzzle battles play out. For example one of your recruits should damage Undead characters before the start of a fight. However, they don't work. I have played through the quest 2 times now and have yet to see a support characters skill work.
3) Finally I will mention the most noticeable flaw. During both of my playthroughs, (and I will play again), the game has stopped allowing me to access the best spells. Let me explain..
As you level up you gain access to more powerful spells of which you can select 6 to take into battle with you. On top of this you can also capture enemies and eventually use their spells too.
Unfortunately this is where the game breaks, and it seems to be a problem with the PSP version. Both of my characters have broken so will only show the first 7-8 spells. Each time I try and scroll down further the game freezes and I have to restart my PSP.
Various forums I have been to suggest making regular back ups of your characters in case this happens.
Now none of these problems make the game unplayable but it feels like PSP owners are being made to miss out on the complete game. In my opinion these issues should have been picked up prior to the game being released and it has left me quite disappointed.
I would hope that a patch will be released to fix this issue, but I doubt it ever will. I guess I'll just hope they do a better job on the PSP version Puzzle Quest 2....?