Need a break from all the RPGs we usually cover because you want something less complicated? Disappointed with all those games that are available in one mobile platform but not the other? If that’s the case, then you might want to check out one of the many Match 3 games that are available not only on iOS, but also on Android. OrangeApps’ title Pirate Treasures is one of the newest games of this type, and while it doesn’t describe itself directly as a Match 3 game, that’s the tried-and-true mechanic you’ll need to go by here as you try to rise up in the ranks from corsair to actual pirate. No need to choose from gazillions of characters or wrack your brain formulating battle strategies – if you’ve played games like Candy Crush, you know what Match 3 is, but if you haven’t, you’ll be sure to pick up the basics in just a few minutes.
But we don’t want to leave you hanging if you’re a beginner, and those who have played many a Match 3 game before should know that all of these games have their own unique points. So with that in mind, here are some Pirate Treasures tips and tricks for beginners and experienced players alike.
1. Know The Special Pieces
The basic thing here is that you’ll need to match three or more pieces to clear out the board and/or complete a level. If you cannot complete a match of three, the game will not allow the match to go through. But now that we’ve got that beginner tip out of the way, let’s move on to what could happen if you match four or more pieces.
Matching four gems will clear a vertical or horizontal line depending on where on the board you made the match. If your match creates a T- or L-shape, that’s going to give you a gem that wipes out vertical and horizontal lines. If you match five gems or more, you’ll get a star that could clear out all gems of a specific color. And if you play two straight special pieces, that could result in a chain reaction that would completely clear out your board.
2. Replay Previous Levels To Unlock Bonus Rounds
This game has a star system for levels (three stars being the best), and in order to unlock a new hunt, or series of levels, you’ll need to accumulate so many stars in one series. For example, the first “hunt” will require you accumulate 30 stars all in all. You’ll also need to accumulate stars to open secret chests during a hunt. But you don’t need to sit there thinking that your Pirate Treasures adventure is over just because you weren’t able to accumulate enough stars; it’s fine to replay previous one- or two-star levels so you can get the desired number of stars.
3. About The (Very Controversial) Rum System
This is one of the biggest gripes gamers have with Pirate Treasures. After you’ve unlocked the next hunt, you will need to provide some rum for your crew. Seafaring pirates need their rum after all, right? In this game, though, it has truthfully come about as “exploitative” for some game bloggers, as it charges players with coins in order to buy rum for your crew. You can also connect your game to Facebook and ask friends for rum or, if you have money, make an in-app purchase. It’s a necessary evil, and it’s something you need to do if you want to move on to the next hunt.
4. Know Your Power-Ups
Now, that we’ve gotten that intoxicating inconvenience out of the way (we don’t like the rum system either), let’s move on to power-ups.
The Hammer power-up becomes available at Level 5, and allows you to clear any gem of your choice. Simply drag the hammer to a gem so you can break it – all there is to it. Hammers cost 300 coins a pop, though you get three free tries at first. Whirlwind unlocks at Level 10, and allows you to shuffle all gems on the board so you can potentially make better moves when you’ve still got a lot of objectives to complete. First three tries are free, while one Whirlwind usage costs you 400 coins. Lastly, the Lightning power-up becomes available at Level 15. This allows you to destroy one column and can be of great help if you’re dealing with a slew of frozen tiles at the sides and you can’t make the right matches to break the ice. One Lightning power-up costs 500 coins, though it appears that you don’t get the usual three free tries for this one.
5. How To Deal With The Boss Rounds
The unique twist here is the presence of boss rounds, which stand out because this time, you have a limited number of time to complete the objectives; typically, there are no time limits in Match 3 puzzles, but in here, you’ll be racing against the clock instead of making sure you don’t run out of moves. Your goal here is to feed larger sea creatures with smaller fishes, and while that sounds easy, this is actually quite the challenge – time could run out much faster if you make even the tiniest mistake. In other words, you don’t just need to be quick; you also need to be precise. It may take a lot of practice, and you will need to wait a good four hours before you try these rounds again, but you’ll be rewarded richly with gold and power-ups if you complete boss rounds.
6. Spend Your Money Wisely
Again, it’s not encouraged that you spend lots of money on any kind of mobile game. And we do not condone this if you’re a minor using your parent or guardian’s cell phone to play! (Unless otherwise authorized and supervised, though.) But if you should pay real money to get in-game coins, the basic package costs $0.99 and gives you 300 coins. The midrange package is $4.99 and offers 1500 coins. The high-end, premium package costs $29.99 and rewards you with 8000 coins. You can also buy unlimited lives for three days for $2.99.