Ever felt like Bejeweled was lacking…action? Want a little more excitement and adventure in your puzzle games? Enter Spellblazer, a puzzle/adventure game where you play the role of Kaven, a youth traveling to the academy at Sanxion to study as a Lightbringer. The road to Sanxion is perilous and you will find foes scattered along the way. Use your wits to defeat your enemies and victory will be yours.

Everything is controlled by the mouse but there aren’t many instructions provided with the game so I’ll outline some game mechanics here. First off, when your heals are used by the enemy nobody gets healed. The different colored roads indicate the level of danger of each road; green is very low danger, yellow is moderate, and red is high. Stronger enemies will have more HP but their spells don’t always seem to do as much damage. You need to rest occasionally or you will start losing health. You also end up doing more damage if you’re rested. The kings say they give you additional spells but you won’t find them in your inventory.

While the game looks nice and shiny, the animations leave you wanting more. There just isn’t much going on in the game and there could be so much more. The enemies are really well drawn and the spells and their effects look nice, but it’s the same animation for every spell. I can’t help but feel like this was a pre-release version that got uploaded to Kongregate, quite frankly. Now what really drove me nuts about this is the music. It was great but it can get repetitive and unfortunately there’s no option to mute. You’re going to have to turn off your volume altogether if you want to play this game but you don’t want to listen to the music.

8/10. The graphics are really quite nice though the animations are lacking.

6/10. Some rather serious bugs make this far less enjoyable than it could be.

7/10. There’s no mute, but the music and sound effects are okay.

8/10. Bejeweled in an adventure setting. Give the player upgrade opportunities and you’d have a very cool game here.

8/10. All mouse, pretty simple.

This game has potential but some some of the issues need to be worked out. 7/10

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