Review: Jewel Quest
At a Glance
|ESRB Rating:||E - Everyone|
|My Rating:||Ages 6 and up|
|Review Published On:||August 27th, 2016|
At the start of each level, your progress is automatically saved in your own profile. There is no way to save during a level, but you do have the option to pause the game by pressing the MENU button in the lower right.
In order to find the Jewel Board, you'll need to restore a number of statues that represent various Mayan gods. In the story, the protagonist talks about them as if they were real people who are not among us anymore.
Gameplay-wise, this is a fairly standard Match 3, though the goal isn't about reaching a high score or clearing a given number of a type of jewel. Instead, when you line up three jewels of the same type, they disappear and turn the spaces below them into gold. Your task then, is to turn the entire board into gold by matching jewels.
Later on, the rules change slightly to keep the game challenging. This begins with matches turning spaces into silver, requiring you to match two groups of jewels over a space to turn it gold. Eventually, the Cursed Mask makes an appearance. This is one jewel you don't want to match, as groups of Cursed Masks turn the spaces under them back into parchment! There is another way to deal with these pests, so some planning ahead can go a long way.
Ultimately, this entry was a bit on the shaky side, though that's pretty much something to be expected. In most cases, developers produce better quality games as they continue a series, and Jewel Quest wasn't an exception. Still, it's worth playing through the game at least once to learn about the Jewel Board's origins and catch up on the story the rest of the series is built on.
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Concerns and Issues
Some of these ramblings are even borderline psychotic. For example, at one point Rupert states that there is a legend that if you use water to wash a Sapphire, the water would be able to cure the poison from a scorpion, and that he should test this out on some of his grad students.