Puzzle games are beautiful. Not only do they feature some of those most colorful graphics, but they also feature some of the most mind-boggling challenges a game can offer, putting those typical first person shooter games to shame. Jewel Craft by Blue Onion Soft, Inc is no exception. Jewel Craft offers multiple differentiations of the same concept, allowing users to choose their favorite puzzle experience and excel at what they do best on the Game Center leaderboards.
When you begin, the main menu displays all the game types available: Classic, Crazy, Battle (all with links to their Game Center leaderboards) and Puzzle (with a link to its list of Game Center achievements). The buttons at the bottom of the page allow you to adjust the sound and vibrate controls, while the Help button teaches you how to play.
The basic idea of the game is to simply switch adjacent jewels to make a set of three so they will clear, earning you points and making room for other jewels to fall into place, possibly making new sets when they appear. Classic mode revolves around this simple task, and if you attempt to move a jewel that will not lead to the creation of a set, it will automatically be rolled back to its original position. Also, be aware, for these levels are timed. If you do not reach the goal score for the level in the allotted time frame, you will lose and have to start over. Crazy mode is similar to Classic, except your jewels will not roll back if they don’t make a set, allowing you more freedom and potentially more chances to create sets. Puzzle mode, my personal favorite, requires you to break all the jewels on the board – an exceptional challenge that I simply adore! And Battle mode allows users to play versus an opponent via Game Center, allowing for 60-second game play on a 6×6 board to see who can beat the other.
Users will also find some of the jewel placement tricks helpful. When a four jewel set forms, this creates a bomb, which will also break its neighboring jewels. Two crossing sets creates lightning, which will break jewels all along that row and column. Five jewels together will break all the jewels of the color of a switched jewel throughout the entire board.
Also available in HD, users will immediately notice Jewel Craft’s vivid array of colors and sparkling graphics. Both visually and mentally appealing, you can be sure to get a lot of entertaining play time out of this single application.
For a preview of what Jewel Craft has to offer, click here for a video demonstration.
Jewel Craft [iTunes Link] requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.