Review Lost Jewels - Match 3 Puzzle
One fun match-three game
Author: Brandon Girod
Date: 25 Apr 2017, tested on HTC One M8
Lovely animations, interesting mechanics
No significant shortcomings
In the world of Lost Jewels for Android, you’ll dive into a world where you must help the Divine Oracle in a search to find all of the jewels that she seems to have misplaced. In order to find the jewels, you’ll need to match colored gems together. How does it all work? Magic.
Here we have another match-three game that is, by all regards, pretty normal. That’s not to say the game isn’t good, in fact it’s very good. The matching mechanics have been shaken up a little to allow players the ability to match three gems in a number of different patterns that most match-three games won’t allow. When match more than just three you’ll also get your typical powered gems, which will do things like match all of the gems of a certain color, clear everything in a line, or even in a cross.
Eventually you’ll need to do more than just match gems for points. The game introduces the same breakable boxes that you will need to break in order to beat each level.
The game’s ultimate downfall is that it is simply too generic looking. The artwork is terribly bland, and while the animations certainly look great, they’re not good enough to keep players engaged for days on end. The gameplay mechanics are also so similar to every other match-three game, so there is nothing here to really set it apart from other games of the genre.
I really want to give Lost Jewels a good score because it is a good match-three game. But on the other hand, it’s just a good match three game. To really make a memorable game, developers need to remember that you can just get away with making an entire game around one single mechanic. Games like You Must Build A Boat and Puzzle Quest are great examples of match-three games that really up the ante.