Jewel Match 3
Stunning and Relaxing
This is by far one of the best match 3 game on the market. The gems are so beautiful, in the beginning, I was hardly making matches because I was looking at them. This is a big deal, most games make unremarkable, unappealing pieces which makes for an unremarkable game. I couldn't believe what a difference it makes when you enjoy looking at the gems, it was very pleasing.
Also, the music is so beautiful and relaxing, most games use very fast music but this was so nice, I really appreciated the peace it gave. I don't think anyone would be unhappy with what they have done here.
Unusually, the story is good too. I like the garden growing, water earning, building rebuilding process they have introduced here. It gives a nice added appeal to a great game.
With all this, one might wonder why the 4 stars instead of 5. It is simply for two reasons: 1) the pieces that must be removes sometimes have a gold ring that goes round and round, overe and over on them, which is very distracting and annoying for someone like me (maybe not you) and 2) I cannot stand games that FORCE hints on you. If I am not making a match right this second, it does not mean I cannot find one, or need help of any kind. I am simple setting up my next move and I don't care if it is Puppy Sanctuary, Bejeweled or any other game, it drives me crazy! That is why, but that doesn't make it a bad game and No Way should it deter anyone from getting it.
January 15, 2013
Great Match 3 game
I have played this game at least 30 times through and i don't get tired of it. Great GAme
December 31, 2012
For M3 fans - A Guy's Review
The Jewel Match series seems to be quite popular among the M3 fans, as can be seen by the high rating this game has. I am not a typical M3 fan though, and find this game merely OK.
I did play Jewel Match 2 before playing this, and can clearly see an improvement and a developer that at least tries to make something more out of its franchise. To me it doesn't quite work though. They've added a sort of storyline which the previous one lacked, but it is a totally uninspiring one. It does not grab me at all.
Luckily the game play is more important than the story in a game like this, and this has become slightly better. It is still the same type of match 3 and it offers little new in its main feature. The boards look a whole lot better than what they did before and this time you play on several boards at the same time each level. You jump between them using arrows on the screen (sometimes blocked until you release a key on an available board). One thing this causes is for each level to last pretty long compared to similar games I've played. You can easily spend 10-15 minutes, at least, on one single level.
The skipping back and forth between the boards adds something new and interesting, but it also adds some frustration. Especially when playing in timed mode. Yes, you can actually play this game without a time limit as well. That alone makes the game more interesting to more people. A feature that all games like this should have (even though I like to play timed myself).
They've also added a couple of other game elements here. One is more or less HO scenes where you need to find objects on a screen to get an upgrade to one of your powers. You also need to plant seeds and care for plants to progress through the game. I don't know, but to me that just seemed way off. They look cool, but I did not find it entertaining at all.
As with the previous game you build castles/palaces on your journey, section by section. I have to say they look much better this time around, and it is not as grainy as it was in Jewel Match 2.
You earn the power ups through the game play here and can't buy them through the store like before. The store this time has items for the "gardening" and lives, jewel boxes and the "try your luck" box.
To me the game is an OK time filler. Beware though, that it is nothing to fill few minutes, as the levels take 15-20 minutes as mentioned before. You might get caught up in the "just one more" phase while playing it, but it becomes somewhat boring after a while. If you are a M3 fan than this game might offer a lot, but for people who likes more things happening (Like Heroes of Hellas) you might want to try this one before buying.
November 30, 2012
Jewel Match 3
You have to move from one playing board to another and obtain keys and then go back and finish the board you were playing on. This was challenging with time constraints and even though I have finished the game once I have gone back and played the game again. .... and you get lots of play as you move from one land to another ...
October 7, 2012
I had a lot of technical problems. Big Fish technicians did everything they could to straighten things out, but ... Hopefully the problems have been straightened out.
September 16, 2012
Everything about this game is wonderful. It is so relaxing, the storyline is good, the music is great. This game is well worth it! Wish there were more like this.
August 10, 2012
Great match 3 that never gets old
While I don't really need a storyline to explain why I am making matches, I enjoyed the mythical story that came along with this game. It helped keep things fresh, and advanced the gameplay along with the story.
The occasional minigame and hidden object scene seemed to pop up anytime I felt like I was getting my fill of match 3 goodness, and invariably added in another spell for me or another obstacle to the board so that the complexity was always advancing.
It won't be long before you are powering up impressive spells, and moving from board to board to gather keys, treasures, and mana to clear each level.
This is simply a great game that constantly improves as you play, and since there are 3 levels of difficulty it provides a ton of play for your money.
July 30, 2012
The Best Music
This is the longest game I've ever played. You really get you moneys worth. The music, for me, is the best. Very stress free. I can't believe a game like this for younger people could have such beautiful music. I can't stop raving about it. It's not very challenging, but I play it to relax.
May 17, 2012
Another great sequel, but...
Same great fast pace gameplay, beautiful screens and loads of power ups. The story line is what you expect in a game like this and growing the gardens was the part I liked the least.
My only criticism is a relaxed free play should be available after you beat the story mode. I had no desire to replay through the story line, but still wanted to play and I could only do it in a timed mode. Other than that, great game overall.
May 12, 2012