Match 3 Tips

Posted by Conor Murphy on August 19, 2011 in Tips and Tricks -- Share:

Winning Match 3 GamesWe know what you may be thinking…

“Really, Match 3 tips? How hard can it really be to win at Match 3 games?”

On the most basic level, we agree, Match 3 games are pretty straightforward. However, take a moment to think about all the times you have played. We’re pretty sure you’ll be able to recall getting stuck and running out of matches. Or how about all the times you tried to beat your high score (or someone else’s) but just couldn’t?

Believe it or not, there is some method to the madness that can be Match 3, which can help prevent board lock-ups and earn you a higher score.

Furthermore, by improving your matching skills, you may find you’re able to improve the overall gameplay. Over the years, Match 3 games have evolved from a simple matching game (Bejeweled) to a more challenging, storyline driven game with difficult levels that will unlock additional puzzles and bonus content. You want those puzzles and bonus content don’t you? Of course you do!

With the release of Hidden Wonders of the Depths 2 for iPad and iPhone, we thought it would be great to take a moment to share some Match 3 tips and tricks you can use to further your game play.

Following some of our tips and tricks can help you form better strategies for making your way through Hidden Wonders of the Depths 2 and any other Match 3 game. Hopefully you’ll soon become the high-scoring champ in your household or amongst your friends!

Tip #1: Create and Destroy – Methodically

This tip may seem a bit obvious, but go for the matches that will give you the highest amount of points as often as you can. Matching four is better than three; five is even better, etc. But did you know that matching horizontally increases the likelihood of forming another combo immediately after creating one? So when you are faced with the decision to create horizontally versus vertically, go with the horizontal combo.

Match 3 Tips: Create and Destroy

Tip #2: Power Ups

Most Match 3 games will offer power ups. How you obtain these and what they do is often specific to the game. Although every game offers their own unique power ups, there is one cardinal rule to remember: save your power ups until you need them!

It can be tempting to earn power ups and use them right away to help get through a level more quickly, but it will be worth it in the end if you save them for when you’re in a tough spot. For example, if you’re about to run out of matches, or need to clear objects from a specific area on the board, a power up can be your saving grace.

Match 3 Tips: Create and Destroy

Tip #3: Location, Location, Location

It’s very common in Match 3 games to settle for matches wherever you spot them to start creating combos. Sometimes it’s just a matter of finding the largest matches and going for it.

All of these approaches will work, but if you can, try and create matches as low on the board as possible. The lower, the better. This causes a larger shift in the items that are already on the board, and will results in a greater “trickle” effect. This is the best strategy for creating combos and opening up more space on the board for new jewels that may help you rack up more points.

Match 3 Tips: Create and Destroy

Tip #4: Bonuses

Be on the lookout for game bonuses. Some Match 3 games offer speed bonuses, which give you extra points for finishing a level quickly, or just for creating combos quickly. Try and keep the speed bonus for creating combos going as long as you can. Oftentimes the bonus doubles with each consecutive combo you create.

Other games may have combo bonuses, which give you extra points for creating combos higher than 5 jewels. Be a little wary of bonuses like this. They can be a little tricky and chew up valuable time, especially if you are trying to be strategic about where you make your matches. Sometimes going after the large combos to get bonuses will also leave you with a board that has no matches left.

Match 3 Tips: Create and Destroy

Tip #5: Take a break!

No really, we mean it. When playing repetitive games such as Match 3, you’re bound to get tired. Your eyes and your brain will likely need a rest after playing for a while. Searching for matches and staring at so many little objects on the board can put a lot of strain on your eyes, especially when you’re trying to make matches at such a rapid rate. At a certain point, many of the objects may start to blur together and it can make it hard to find matches. Pause the game, stand up, walk around for a bit, get in a lot of really good blinks and take a deep breath.

Trust us on this tip, you will be happy you did, and will get back to the game refreshed and ready to start again.

Ready to put our Match 3 tips to the test? Check out our massive collection of Match 3 games! Also, check out our iPad & iPhone Match 3 games and play on the go!

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Conor is a Marketing Manager with Big Fish, working out of the Seattle office. In his spare time he enjoys watching science documentaries and playing old school adventure games. Get in touch with him on Twitter! or Google+