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PQ2: Practical Intelligence Quotient review

Your PSP is going to tell you you're dumb, and you're going to like it

For

  • Challenging
  • satisfying puzzles
  • Clear
  • crisp design
  • More than twice the content of first PQ

Against

  • Some levels designed to frustrate
  • Unnecessary brain training theme
  • Not on-the-go friendly

With the recent abundance of 3D spatial puzzles on the PSP (Cube,Crush, and last year'sPQ), it can be hard to choose the right one for your needs. PQ2: Practical Intelligence Quotient makes the choice a little easier. Its clean graphics, satisfying puzzles, and overall great design improve upon the original PQ and make PQ2 one of the best 3D puzzle options on the PSP.

PQ2 follows up its predecessor with all new puzzles based on the same general format of the original PQ. The object of each puzzle is to successfully move a tiny, faceless avatar across a 3D puzzle grid to the exit. To succeed, you must rearrange blocks, trigger switches, go through warp doors, and avoid lasers, policemen, and detectives.

What makes PQ2 fun is that the different gameplay elements (like kinds of movable blocks, obstacles, etc.) are kept to a minimum, which means less arbitrary stuff for you to memorize. It would be easy for a game like this to get bogged down with too many things to remember (what does the yellow box with the circle on it do again?), which would require tedious tutorials. Instead, PQ2's variety comes from all the uniquely clever puzzle designs.

Going along with the minimalist theme, the sparse graphics may not do much to draw players in at first, but end up being one PQ2's strongest points. Simple and without any unnecessary clutter, PQ's presentation allows the puzzles to take center stage. Loading times, while still there, are kept to a minimum, allowing you to go from puzzle to puzzle without breaking stride.

More Info

DescriptionIts clean graphics, satisfying puzzles, and overall great design improve upon the original PQ and make PQ2 one of the best 3D puzzle options on the PSP.
PlatformPSP
US censor ratingEveryone
UK censor rating3+
Release date:12 June 2007 (US), 3 August 2007 (UK)
Available platforms:PSP

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