There are a whole lot of match-three games in the App Store. Some are amazing, complex, graphically stunning and epic. Some are crappy and not worth the time spent to download the game. Jewel Frenzy may not be the epic game that you’ve been waiting for, but it is fun and has a twist on traditional match-three gaming that will bring you back again and again.
The game is fairly simple. There are two modes of play. In Endless mode, players increase in levels as they complete point goals within the specified amount of time. In Frenzy mode, players try to score as many points in a minute and a half as possible.
To earn points, players tap on gems that are grouped together in three or more. There is no gem switching. They either are or aren’t grouped. The goal is to eliminate groups as fast as possible. By tapping them one after another, players create combos that earn extra points. Once 8 combos have been collected, players reach maximum point score that continues to multiply from then on.
Players also collect coins in Endless mode that can be used to purchase special starter bonuses for Frenzy mode, like starting the game with a bomber gem or lightening gem or adding 15 seconds to the game’s time. Players start with 15,000 and can buy additional gems through in-app purchases.
What I liked: This game has a bit of a twist on the traditional match-three game. Levels are challenging and keep players coming back for more to try to beat their previous score.
What I didn’t like: The in-app purchase of gems seems to be unnecessary. The bonus coins don’t really make much difference in the game and it seems like a useless way to get players to spend more money. The $1.99 price tag is also a bit high. It is more like a $0.99 game, in my opinion.
To buy or not to buy: If you like match-three games and are looking for something different, this is a good one to try.
- App Name: Jewel FrenzyVersion Reviewed: 1.6.1
- Category: Games
- Developer: INZMORE
- Price: $1.99