When it comes to match 3 games, Royal Gems pretty much follows the typical line pattern, like in Magic Match, but before you do ANYTHING with this game, log into the options menu and turn the background music OFF. This will make it much easier to play the game, and you will not find yourself falling to sleep due to a far too relaxing drone of a repetitive tune. Now, get on into the game. You will be matching up icons that look like different kinds of gems, rubies, topaz, sapphires, emeralds, and such. You are given a specific task per puzzle. You need to find so many of a certain kind of stone, and sometimes, find different patterns of line links of gems.
And again, we find another puzzle game designed to relax us into a drooling lull. While using a Rivers Mahjongg style format as opposed to a match 3 design was a good idea, and a little more challenging, the lack of graphics really showed, and this could have been done better. Alice has a good idea in attempting to build a theme park based on global landmarks, but the way we go about it is not quite right. This game should have been a builder strategy, and not a puzzle. Not only that, we have these irriating match 2 puzzles, and find the differences puzzles, and switch the images to build a bigger image puzzles. Add the bad graphics that we start off that don’t look anything like what we are expected to end up with, and we just get bored and cranky, like a toddler at one in the afternoon.
Being a green person, I thought this game would be really fun, and it is. Not only that, Recyclomania is really educational in many ways. It is a simple Match 3 puzzle game, but the premise is so much more. The graphics are a bit too simple, but that really does not distract from the whole of the game. You are with a group of students at school, and working a program to reduce carbon footprints, and use the images on the puzzles in the game to earn different kinds of recycling bins. Paper, glass, metals, etc. Also, you earn precious metals in the puzzles by bringing them to the bottom of the grid. These are gold, silver, nickel, copper and such, and they are marked with their elemental table symbol, so not only are you matching up recyclable items like bottles, and newspapers and organics for compost, you are also learning chemistry at a base level, which is always great.
In Mahjongg Dimensions Deluxe: Tiles in Time you get off the grid of the typical mahjong solitaire game, and go through time periods with matching music and themed puzzles in a fast-paced addictive 3-D mahjong set up. Go from the Cretaceous period, to Ancient Egypt, Feudal Japan, the period of the Black Death, the American West, to the near future. Each time period has something new in the puzzles, from the most basic puzzles design for a dinosaur that might just have a brain the size of a walnut, to more complex puzzles with added tool built in to help you get through the picture you are trying to find just under the wire. Receive bonuses for extra fast-play, and you can even go back to previous time periods and fill in those things that you missed before, or did not get a chance to add when you went up the timeline.
I do like it when these dark hidden object mysteries become a little brighter. This time we are playing from the POV of a young girl on a visit to her grandfather’s home. Grandfather is a tinkerer, and is always looking to score the next big gadget. In Emma and the Inventor, Emma is invited over to Grandpa’s to see the newest gadget, but as she approaches the gate to the Cape May Gingerbread-style house, there is an explosion, and the glass dome on the roof breaks. Some debris falls down, and Emma is surprised and distraught. We go through a few HOM’s to find a way into the house and workshop. It seems like we are always looking for ways to unlock things in these games, combinations, old-fashioned keys, etc. Once we get to the kitchen and put the 1950s-style radio back together, we find Grandpa, but he is stuck in an unknown place, and the radio is Emma’s only link to find him. We search the library for clues, and finally get to the basement workshop, and find a tunnel leading away from the house. That’s when things get really interesting.