Review Jewel Galaxy
Innovative match 3 with a twist
Author: Jay Feldman
Date: 19 Jun 2017, tested on ASUS Nexus 7 (2013)
Quality animation, every level brings something new, really addictive
Dependence on in-app purchases
Jewel Galaxy for Android offers a new twist on match three style play. In this one, you’re not just trying to clear the board, but earn a set number of points in a limited number of moves. Strategy and skill is an integral part of the play.
Jewel Galaxy takes what is becoming a tired game genre and actually breathes some new life into it. This match three style game is different because it creates an actual game around the predictable match ‘em style play. Clearing the board isn't really the true objective here. What you’re actually trying to do is score enough points before you run out of moves, and believe me, it’s tricky.
Actually, not all the game boards are even fully populated with gemstones. Some spaces are intentionally left blank, and it’s even possible to move gemstones without actually making a match; however, that will cost you one move, and will even shift the board and move other gemstones to random parts of the screen. Some spaces not only have a gemstone, but barriers and force-fields that must be broken, adding to the difficulty of making matches. You can move gemstones in any direction you want, including diagonal. You can even move them to basically any space onscreen, but again, it costs you a move and you only have a limited number of them to hit the score needed to win the round.
The animated game maps place a rocket ship in an outer space constellation sorta looking level selector. It’s very colorful and inviting. Kids would love the high visual impact, while the kid in all of us will enjoy the eye candy too. Making matches is fun because the play is interesting and unusual. The controls are excellent and I ran into no real glitches. And the sounds are appropriately cute and entertaining.
Jewel Galaxy is easily one of my favorite match three style games. It’s original, fun to look at and I appreciate the elements of strategy and logic. The power ups and extra goodies will cost you because they're hard to earn for free. However, this is still a great game.