It’s time for yet another Match 3 title, as we shall now be covering Jewel Quest: Seven Seas, a game from iWin for Android and iOS. This is the latest game in the Jewel Quest series, and in here, jewel adventurers Rupert and Emma have received a message from their old friend, warning them that the Jewel Boards are in danger. Both jewel adventurers need to work fast to save the jewel boards and save their friend Hani, and this would be done mainly by solving Match 3 puzzles across 14 different environments. This may not be a completely unique storyline, but it still adds to the uniqueness of the game, and helps it stand out from other similar games in the crowded genre.
Match 3 games usually come with the same basic mechanics, though as we’ve seen in recent times, game makers are doing more to make their Match 3 titles truly unique. So how do you play this game and complete more puzzles, while getting closer to your ultimate goal? Read on, as we’ve got a complete Jewel Quest: Seven Seas strategy guide that covers all of the key facets of the game.
1. There Aren’t Too Many Twists In Terms Of Gameplay
In terms of the basics of Jewel Quest: Seven Seas, there aren’t too many surprise twists. Just as usual, all you have to do is hold down on any jewel on the board, and slide it in order to switch places with another jewel so you can make a match of three pieces or more. Matching three would simply clear the pieces from the board, while matching more than three would clear the pieces, and replace them with a special piece that could help take out other pieces on the board. It’s classic, vintage Match 3 mechanics in this regard, so there’s no need to make too many adjustments if you’re a veteran Match 3 player.
2. How Do The Special Pieces Work?
If you’re able to match four identical jewels, you’ll come up with a ship wheel. Slide the ship wheel in any direction, and all the jewels from the point of matching to the end of the board will be eliminated. For a simple example, sliding this piece by one spot upwards would clear everything else in that direction; that means you’ll have to match the ship wheel toward the end of a row or column, so you can eliminate more pieces.
You can create a gold coin by matching five identical pieces. Gold coins don’t do anything upon their creation, but if you use a sliding ship wheel to hit a gold coin, you’ll create the Midas Touch, which will appear in another, separate tip. Read on and we’ll tell you more about it. You can also string together quite an impressive combo (we won’t spoil you on it) by making one ship wheel hit another.
3. Be Prepared For The Collapse Levels
You will, at some point, have to play the “Collapse” levels. That’s one of the twists iWin includes in this game, and in here, you won’t be sliding gems to swap and match them. Instead, you’ll have to tap on gems that are adjacent to gems of the same color so you can clear them from the board. And while this may sound like an easy way to eliminate pieces on the board, you’ll have to do it in such a way that you’re able to create ship wheels.
4. Be Familiar With The Objectives
Each level will come with their share of objectives, and the objectives tend to change from level to level. At first, it won’t be too difficult, as you will simply have to complete a specific number of matches, but things will eventually get harder and more complicated. For starters, you will have to create gold tiles, which can be done by matching on the tile, or by using the Midas Touch tile. That turns any given tile into gold, even if you don’t make a match. As we mentioned, Midas Touch pieces are created when a ship wheel touches a gold coin, and you can activate a Midas Touch by going to the bottom of the screen and clicking on the finger-shaped icon.
Other objectives may include sliding ship wheels to bells in order to ring them, and making a specific number of matches within a given period of time. Yes, this game comes with time limits, and you’ll have to deal with them once you’re done with the easy levels.
5. You May Have To Complete Multiple Objectives Per Level
If it wasn’t apparent in the above tip, we should remind you that you will often have to complete more than one objective per level. For instance, the game may give you two minutes to turn all the required tiles gold, and may ask you to ring the bells five times. Given the fact that this is a Match 3 game with time limits, this could be very tricky to pull off, and you won’t have the usual luxury of time to plan your moves, but with a little practice, you’ll learn how to “multitask” and complete these multiple objectives with little problem.
6. Keep On Matching Even If A Goal Has Been Reached
Don’t get complacent once you’ve completed all the goals in the level. You can still create more matches, as long as you’ve still got moves and/or time remaining. That’s going to earn you more points, and that’s going to get you closer to the maximum three stars per level. And as a bonus tip, if the level ends and you haven’t used all of your ship wheels yet, any remaining ship wheels will be activated automatically, further adding to your score as more jewels are removed from the board.
7. Make Full Use Of The Info On Your Screen
You should pay close attention to the things showing on your screen, meaning the helpful hints and other pieces of information. The hints can be found in the upper left, and that will tell you how close you are to reaching your objectives, e.g. how many tiles you have to transform into gold, how many bells to ring, etc. At the bottom of the screen, you’ll see how many moves you have left, as well as how much time you have remaining to work on the level.
8. Use This Simple Tip If You’re Not Sure If You’ve Turned All Applicable Tiles Gold
It isn’t unusual for jewels to be all over your screen, making it hard for you to determine where that one tile you have yet to turn into gold is located. But by clicking on the gold tile located inside the information box, the jewels will disappear from your screen, giving you a couple seconds to pinpoint where the tile is.