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PQ: Practical Intelligence Quotient
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  opened by paleface at 04:31:54 01/22/06  
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Somewhat interesting puzzle game published by D3 Publisher's US arm (yay!). With sort of Tron/Rez-like graphics (reminding me of a PS1 game, "Intelligent Qube"), you guide a glowing white dude around 100 or so block mazes, trying to get to the exit. Challenges include navigating mazes, moving blocks to form stairs or protect yourself from lasers or guards, avoiding guards, etc. The minimalist graphics are pretty, and the music, while repetitive, at least sounds nice.
 
There's a silly bug/feature where, when starting the game on a PSP without a save file for the the game stored, the first thing you're introduced to is a nasty, cryptic error screen. Nice. And then you have to create a "log in" profile, complete with username and password, which is kind of annoying (I was told the password might have something to do with uploading scores or something, but I didn't really pay attention because I don't care much about that sort of thing).
 
The ten stage 1 puzzle mazes aren't that tough once you get the hang of the system (there's a Tutorial mode, but I didn't try it), but I got stumped on the very first maze in stage 2. It's something to do with piling very irregularly shaped block conglomerations into some sort of steep stairway, and really, at that point I discovered that I don't care enough about manipulating complicated blocky shapes in my head to bother with figuring out this puzzle.
 
The PSP, however, is sadly lacking in challenging puzzle games, so if that's what you're looking for, this might be to your taste.
 
By the way, the US title sucks. And shouldn't it be "PIQ"? They're missing one "Intelligence"!
    

 
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