“ Genre: Puzzle / Rating: E - (Everyone) / Published by: Activision „
Jewel Quest is incredibly basic and very very addictive. Simply swap the position of two adjacent jewels to make 3 or more in a row. The longer your row the more points you get and crucially, in the early stages of the game, every position on the board thats occupied with the jewels in your row turns gold. The object of the game is to turn the whole board gold before you run out of time.
Nothings ever that simple though. You also have the opportunity to earn a magic move which enables you to turn any one square gold by collecting a row of three gold coins unfortunately there are also random skulls which if grouped in threes revert their squares back to their none gold status. To add to this as you join jewels into threes they disappear from the board to be replaced by the items occupying the spaces above them which then drop down into position.
As you get more adept at playing the game the games becomes more and more challenging. Jewels are hidden and can only be unlocked by placing two identical adjacent jewels next to them. The boards become obscure shapes making it incredibly difficult to reach all the jewels in time which seems to leave you needing just one more gold square as the time runs out and most frustratingly you also need to turn the squares silver before turning them gold.
The storyline to the whole Jewel Quest Expedition is totally irrelevant to the game but that doesn't stop it being tons and tons of fun.
This game is one of the best puzzle games I have played. It has kept me entertained for hours. It is in a very simple format which lead me to think at first that it was going to be quite boring just matching up 3 jewels in a row and creating more jewels but I was totally wrong. You really have to think about which jewels you go for and if you move one jewel how that will affect the surrounding jewels all over the board. The expedition through Africa is very good as well and adds another dimension to the game. All the puzzle boards are different shapes and get harder as you go along in the game with hidden jewels and blank squares that you have you have to turn into gold. It is a good game if you have little time to play as you can complete one puzzle and it saves where you are up to. All in all this is a top game and I can't recommend it enough!
Here's a third for the completely addicted vote...this is a great game, good fun, very frustrating and totally addictive!
You have a set time limit per level to turn all the squares on the board gold by making rows of three - every time you make a row, those squares turn gold. As you progress through the game, the boards themselves get harder in shape, and they throw in more obstacles. There are some shapes/jewels which when matched in a 3 undo the gold squares they are on, there are buried jewels you have to uncover, and in some levels you have to turn the squares silver and then gold, so you have to do all the squares twice!
There are over 100 levels so there's enough to keep you busy for ages. You can store 3 different games on the cartridge so 3 members of the family can have games on the go at the same time.
It can be really frustrating when you get stuck on one level. During the game you can build up "special moves" so that you can choose a square to turn gold without having to get a row matched on it. Towards the end of the game with only a few levels to go, I got stuck on one and used up the 12 special moves I had stored and got down to the last of my 17 lives (which you get awarded as you progress) before I got past it!
Jewel Quest is really easy to play, you can move pieces about using your stylus or the DS buttons, whichever you find easiest - I use the stylus. The story is ok, it's a little annoying but I guess it gives the game some structure.
This game is really addictive...if you play it for any length of time, you may find that when you stop you start seeing falling jewels! I did, dreamt about them too. That's probably not good...
This game is seriously addictive - easy enough to play but make sure you have time to sit there and do nothing but go from level to level, the only negative for it so far though is the 'story book' between each level - luckily you can skip past it but I guess you are meant to read it so you know what is going on - this did seema little pointless though as it doesn't affect how you play the game at all, this is definately a game for whiling away the hours if you are travelling a long distance and it is easy enough for all age groups to get to grips with it, if you want a game which taxes your brain though then don't go and buy this as you will be seriously disappointed - this game is also wireless so you can play online against other opponents - could make it more interesting that way!
Forms groups of three or more matching jewels with your stylus. Turn the board to gold and create cascades of more jewels! Jewel Quest expeditions is a puzzle adventure through Africa sure to captivate your senses and imagination with each turn! Features 180 jewel boards to solve and 8-player wireless combination mode.