Jewel Match IV
Same Old Same Old
This series I feel is getting a tad stale. The premise of match 3 is a genre in itself but it how game developers work within this game-frame. With the meteoric rise in tablet match 3 games, the quirks of this genre are being explored and new and different ways of playing these types of games are making them more innovative and engaging. Sadly the same cannot be said with regards to this series. This is the fourth in the series, though of course there have been others in the same mould, and it plays exactly the same as all the others. The game plays exactly the same, with the chains, the fog, having to match to clear the fog and break the chain, the same power-ups are incorporated into the gameplay and even the non-playable characters are the same. In essence then this is exactly the same game as the previous incarnation just that this has a slightly different story. I like match 3 games and have a lot on my tablet, maybe that is the ?problem? in that I have seen the new and innovative ways in which match 3 games have progressed and this to me just seems stuck in the past, no cutesy graphics no ?candy? to match, this just seems like the developers are cashing in on previous in the series and the fact that yes the genre is still popular but have released in my opinion a sub-standard half-hearted game.
The controls are ok and the sound is as of the ilk. There is talking on the introduction storyline, but from thereon in it is just text. At least this game you get to ?find out? why there is gems all around the university, so this may possibly be the last in the series, in my opinion it ought to be or if it isn?t then it needs a serious overhaul injection if there is going to be a number 5.
Unless you are brand new to this genre or you really really like this game series then I can?t really recommend this game, as there are better match three games out there no matter what the format, tablet, PC, smartphone etc, personally I feel that this particular genre lends itself better to a touch screen, as you can get the intimacy that this sort of genre lends itself to.
I do like match 3 but this is not a good example of a match 3 game.
June 16, 2014
too many interruptions
I have played many match 3 games and I don't know if it was the level I chose or if all levels do this....you are just getting going and it stops play to tell you to use a hammer...and you can't keep going until you have used the hammer. Now I don't usually use tools etc so that annoys me and also if I do need the hammer it is no longer available because I've already used it when I didn't need to. Same goes for chain breaker, fog remover etc...otherwise it seems to be a cute little game
June 16, 2014
Dizzying Match 3 Game
You are Luna, and you have been summoned to the Magic University. You are to meet the Head Wizard in the Mage's Room where he recounts a story to you of himself as a younger wizard and his friend, Ludovic. Apparently, they were trying to make a potion when Ludovic purposely added another ingredient. The Head Wizard was so angry he threw the beaker out the window and when it hit the cobbled stones in the street, they turned into magic gems. The University is now running out of magic gems (although what they are used for is beyond me) and Ludovic, who is now a Great and Famous Wizard, needs to be found and somehow to get the "magic" ingredient from him.
Stunning. Bright, colorful jewels. However, the characters themselves come across as very dull and muted color-wise.
Background music was very nice and relaxing.
As in any match 3 game your goal is to make matches of 3 or more of the same colored jewels. While making these matches you want to uncover all the gold tiles on the game board. Also, the game board moves around to other "rooms" where the game play continues. While all this going on, conversations between you and the Head Wizard continue, new characters come on board that do wondrous things for you during your game play and all in all it becomes verbose and confusing. Add to that the jewels are inexorably huge and wiggle and jiggle - it made me dizzy. Seriously.
If not for the dizzying game board, the humongous jewels and the weak storyline which just went on and on and on in conversation, especially with new characters chiming in, this could have been a wonderful match 3 game. I did notice some reviewers gave it high scores. However, I have also noticed that these same reviewers give ALL games a high score just to get their review noticed in the top few. Mine won't be noticed by many because I chose to give an honest review of the game and not some dandified imitation of what a good game it should have been - just to get noticed. I hope this review was helpful.
I always recommend that you play this game. The demo is free and it's only an hour of your time. You many be one of the ones who love it. In that case, give a review of your own - lol.
Happy Gaming to All!
June 16, 2014
I am generally a fan of match three but this one left me cold. I dislike not being able to see where I am going or having the board move without my direction. Personal to me but others might have the same opinion.
July 24, 2014
Jewel Match lV
To many hidden object and other games I found confusing. I can't finish the game because I cannot pass the irritating mini games. I liked the other Jewel Match games. They were really fun. I wish they would let you opt out some of the mini games and play them later.
July 22, 2014
Not For Me
I own all the other Jewel Match Games and have enjoyed them (some more than others) but this is the first one where I wish I could get my money back. The moving board is distracting and does not follow your last move as the instructions say it will. Do not believe the reviewers who say you can stop the board from moving. You can slow the movement but not stop it. I am on level 22 and cannot get anymore buildings to open. They just stay locked. I tried playing the bonus game to try and open them up but that did not work as you cannot clear the boards. You keep running out of moves and have to start the game over. In a word "Aggravating". I am done playing and will never waste my money on another Jewel Match!
June 25, 2014
Did not Enjoy
Was looking forward to this Classic Match 3, used to be one of THE Best! Personally do not enjoy HOGS. The floating boards are a minus as well for me. When I play match 3, I want to play MAINLY Match 3. Too many interruptions and pop up tutorials. Game flow was very fractured. The first 3 Jewel Match were excellent. Jewel Match 4 is really disappointing and I cannot recommend it at all!
June 27, 2014
The moving board didn't move me...
Unfortunately the huge board completely filled my 27 inch screen and then moves in all directions as you get to the edges making matches. This is just too annoying for me not being able to see the complete screen. The moving board actually made me dizzy. Deleted the trial after 5 minutes. It might have been a good game with a stationary board. But as usual, try before you buy.
June 16, 2014
I found this game to be confusing to play. It is not clear how to proceed or what to do next. Also very boring.
July 19, 2014