Jewel Quest puts you into a quest to unravel the mysteries of a Mayan civilization. Artifacts that you pick up along the way by solving puzzles allow you to advance to another level where more artifacts must be collected. You do this by matching three or more tiles to unlock the treasures hidden beneath.
Title: Jewel Quest
Mode: Single Player
Genre: Puzzle, Jewel Matching
Platforms: Browser, Mobile
Memory games are a classic and challenging way to pass the time. You lay out a deck of cards and try to find matching pairs. Perhaps they are matching numbers or a special deck where you have to match simple images. Regardless of how you play, you love doing it. Jewel Quest has taken this concept and expanded it to an online Flash game.
Although memory/matching games are the basis for Jewel Quest, the memory element is taken out. The tiles already show a particular image. You simply have to move the tiles around in order to get three or more matching ones together. You can move them by clicking two adjacent tiles and switching their places. Any artifacts that are contained in the puzzle must be matched twice. The first match will uncover them, and the second will remove them from the board. The sand underneath the tiles will turn gold when matches are made. Once all tiles are gold, you move on to the next level.
The graphics are a play off of the Indiana Jones series, so fans will instantly recognize the familiar fonts and colors. The creators went to a lot of trouble to give the visuals the right feel. The jungle, Mayan ruins and cursed artifacts engage the player with clever bits of storyline. Players are given a certain amount of lives to get through Jewel Quest's four levels. Four may not seem like much, but the puzzles increase in difficulty each time. Players can lose lives from interactions with cursed artifacts, so it's best to avoid them.
One could easily spend hours wittling down the number of tiles on the boards, trying time and time again to beat his or her high score. There are even rankings players can achieve depending on how many points they earn. We haven't yet made it to the prestigious rank of Explorer, but there's nothing wrong with working your way up. It takes time to learn the tricks of the game in order to get more bonuses.
The graphics really do make it a lot of fun. The player feels like those creepy Tiki idols could jump off the screen at any moment. Maps and compasses spread around the puzzle frame give a sense of realism, that you really are an adventurer tracking down a series of archaeological subjects in some rundown Mayan ruins. Hold on to your hat, Indy. There's certain to be other quests in the near future.