For as long as there are gaming devices, there are going to be people who want to match three things of similar description. I guess I’m one of those people, as I’ve found them to be perfect time killers between bigger things. My previous favorite in this genre was Treasures of Montezuma 2. My new favorite is Treasures of Montezuma 3.
What is it?
At its core, Treasures of Montezuma 3 simply tasks you with swapping tokens to line up three (or more) of the same color. These tokens are then removed from the playing field, and the gems above them drop into their place. You’ll do this until you complete the level’s objectives, and then move on to the next.
But, of course, it’s not just that basic. Alawar Entertainment does a nice job of playing around with the genre, keeping Treasures of Montezuma 3 not only fresh from level to level, but also keeping it a step or two above the din of this overcrowded genre.
How does it work?
Once you’re on a level, you have a limited amount of time to remove the tokens with the gems in them. To move the tokens, you either tap one to activate it then tap again where you want it to go, or you just swipe a token in the direction you want it to move. You’re given bonuses for clearing more than three tokens at a time, and can achieve combos for extra value.
The bonuses are mostly accomplished with help from Magic Totems that add extra power to your game, such as the ability to add more time to the clock, remove all gem tokens from the field, and clear more tokens at once. You purchase these Magic Totems and increase their capabilities with bonus stars, and the strategy for which totems you purchase/upgrade can be quite involved for a match-three game.
The good news there is that it’s much more rewarding. The bad news is that if you’re not taking advantage of these totems, you’ll likely hit a wall that could turn you away from the game.
Is it contagious?
Fans of match-three games are surely well aware of the Treasures of Montezuma series by now, and don’t need to be told they should purchase this latest edition. Those who think they’re too hard core for casual games need to check this out, as well. It’s wonderfully developed with fantastic visuals and audio, and the totem upgrading gives it an RPG-like quality that keeps things interesting throughout the 42 levels of the “campaign mode” (not to mention the 160 arcade levels). There’s a limited free version available to get you started, but you won’t need it. Just grab the full version and start searching for that treasure.