A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
This game is about solving puzzles and developing an empire using food, materials, and gold to build farms, settlements, landmarks, and other elements of ancient Egypt's culture and civilization.
Positive Role Models
The player assumes the role of a nameless guiding force whose chief concern is to build a civilization. There are no interactions with other characters.
Ease of Play
Very simple jewel swapping mechanics employ the DS’ stylus and touch screen. New features are introduced gradually and with ample instructions.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Jewel Master: Egypt is a simple jewel-swapping puzzle game, and that it has absolutely nothing in the way of violence, sexuality, or bad language. Players simply match jewels in lines of three or more on a puzzle board, earning resources with which they can purchase vital elements of ancient Egyptian civilization. In fact, they might even learn the basics about the cultural and technological advancements that were integral to Egypt’s rise to historical prestige.
Is It Any Good?
Jewel Master: Egypt is a cut above most match-three jewel-swapping puzzle games, and not just because it provides a (very) basic education on ancient Egyptian culture and civilization. It keeps the action interesting by slowly introducing a wide variety of new game elements and goals. At first all we need do is clear tiles marked in blue, but as the game goes on it becomes more complicated. Some tiles locked in chains act as obstacles for tiles falling from above until cleared and other tiles needing to be cleared twice. Plus, the jewels you clear have various values and properties, making some more valuable than others at different times. You may need to clear more food-type jewels in order to earn enough food to purchase your next civilization upgrade, or clear jewels of an exact type in order to earn power-ups that let you do things like choose a single pesky tile to eliminate or clear all jewels of a given kind. If you have an affinity for match-three games but often find yourself tiring of them midway through, Jewel Master: Egypt might be just what the doctor ordered.
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