There are a nice variety of gem-swapping boards, each type with a different challenge and requiring a different strategy. You are forced to complete them all, so you can't sneak by without mastering every type.Cons
The story is horrible and the characters are flat.Verdict
I would buy this game in a heartbeat, but skip through the storyline. IWin should have spent more time developing puzzles and less time messing around with extras like journal entries and stop action cartooning.
Jewel Quest: The Sapphire Dragon (PC) - FULL REVIEW
This game features 200 jewel boards with a variety of new challenges and obstacles. You can also choose between difficulty levels, which was not always a part of the franchise. If you wish to simply play without stress, there’s an option to toss out the timer entirely (my favorite setting).
Progression in “Jewel Quest: The Sapphire Dragon” results in rewards such as new character abilities and journal entries, allowing you to do more with each character. As you progress through the levels, your characters’ special abilities will help you to better complete puzzles – you’ll discover that some are better suited to some types of boards than others.
“Jewel Quest: The Sapphire Dragon” comes packaged as a trial edition for anyone who would rather try it out before they commit to it. I downloaded the trial copy and played with it entirely longer than I had intended.
Varied User Response
“It's the mixture as before, but it's a very good mixture. There are some innovative touches, the best of all being the fact that you can make a move while the board is still completing rather than have to wait for it to finish.” ~Dbourgeois, iWin.com user
“I am so horribly disappointed in this game that I just don't know what to say. There is entirely too much dialog, the graphics left me feeling like I was reading a kids book. There are some really good ideas in this one i.e. extra challenges on the game board itself and being able to play in relaxed mode, picking characters etc... but I still just found the game lacking.” ~kcerqua, iWin.com user
“I am a pretty big fan of the other games in the series, but I don't like how the graphics and the story line take up most of the game itself. Plus the story line seemed to be kind of typical action hero type characters. I would rather just get to the boards and play.” ~crinck, iWin.com user
Let me start by saying that the storyline is nothing if not excruciating: it is not clever, nor is it interesting. I nearly closed the game during the first section of dialogue when the “team” made fun of one of the characters for having to use the bathroom. Very sophomoric if you ask me. Although I don’t care for the way the dialogue is presented (you have to click through each character’s dialogue to advance the story, which amounts to a lot of clicking for dialogue that could have just played on its own), the real problem is the theme of the thing. We’re supposed to believe that we’re having an adventure. Fine. I’m ok with that – so let’s have one! Instead, it’s click-click-click… on a flat storyline that honestly makes me loathe and despise the two-dimensional cardboard-cutout characters.
The game play, on the other hand, when it’s happening, is interesting. The puzzles are fun and challenging, each type requiring a different kind of strategy to overcome. Some puzzles help to move the story along (it certainly needs it) by forcing you to open areas by swapping jewels along a path. Others simply add challenging elements into the standard jewel-swapping fare. The puzzles do what good puzzles do, they engage the user by being just difficult enough to not put them to sleep, but easy enough that they can actually be solved.
I may be a little biased because I do love puzzle games, they give me a distraction without destroying my afternoon. If I were going to purchase a new game, I’d certainly consider a full version of “Jewel Quest: The Sapphire Dragon,” but I’d be skipping the inane storyline completely. For $6.99, a bad storyline is an acceptable annoyance.
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