Jewel Quest Review for iPhone and iPod Touch

By on Dec 24, 2010 at 9:37 am

Travel the world in a hunt for precious gems and rare artifacts in Jewel Quest by iwin, Inc. Museum curators, Rupert and Emma, are desperate to save their daughter’s sight after she is infected by spores released from a strange jewel board. In their journey to find the legendary Golden Jewel Board that may hold the power to cure young Natalie, they will have to solve numerous puzzles within a host of jewel boards. Can you help them rush against the clock?

Review
Jewel Quest is a match-3 puzzle game for the iPhone and iPod Touch. The game will take you across the continents, from Central America to Iceland, Europe, and beyond, with each location offering several levels of match-3 play.

The first few puzzles start off simple. You can swap adjacent jewels horizontally or vertically to make rows of three or more similar jewels, which will then disappear from the board. The spaces the matched jewels were on will then turn gold, and the jewels above them will fall down. Your main objective is to turn the entire board gold. As you proceed through the map, the levels will get progressively harder with new obstacles introduced, such as locks, which you’ll have to break by matching gold coins. Certain rare gems possess special powers. For instance, citrine has a warming ability. Frozen jewels will immediately melt if a piece of citrine lands beside them. It isn’t so easy to move the gems to where you need them, however. So you’ll need a certain element of luck on your side as you work against the clock.

Jewel Quest is overall a fun and challenging match-3 game with an interesting story and good graphics. You can view all the jewels you’ve collected, as well as rare artifacts. In total, the game offers 140 levels and 20 more bonus levels spread across three quests.

Tips
When in Iceland, merely matching citrine jewels will not help you melt any frozen jewels. So you should make it your priority to try and move citrine pieces next to the frozen jewels. If you find it hard to spot the golden areas on the board with all the distracting jewels, you can tap the “eye” button to view an empty board. You can then focus your efforts on the non-golden squares.

Recommendation
Jewel Quest is definitely more interesting than the average match-3 game, with its combination of challenging obstacles and power-up gems. If you’re a fan of match-3 games, be sure to check out Jewel Quest, which is currently available in the App Store for $2.99.

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Note: A promotional code was provided by the creator for use in this article.

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