Jewellust, like all the best games, is very simple. You need to line up matching gems, clear lines and amass a big haul of points, but that’s not all there is to it. Oh no, you also need to collect mosaic tiles in order to complete each level and you can only do that by clearing lines of gems to allow the tiles to drop down the screen. Not as easy as it sounds, let us assure you.
In order to clear gems from the game, you need to line up three or more identical gems in a horizontal or vertical rows. You can’t clear gems diagonally and you can’t clear them in any other pattern than a linear row. See? Harder than it sounds. You move gems around by swapping them vertically or horizontally with the gem directly next to them. If you can’t make a row by moving a gem, it immediately reverts to its previous position. There are 30 levels to complete, with the ultimate goal being to steal the Pharaoh’s power. Of course.
Oh, and we haven’t mentioned that time limit, have we? Yep, you have to get all the mosaic tiles out of the pile of jewels within a time limit. A time limit that gets more restrictive the further you progress. ‘Challenging’ is the word…
Jewellust has two modes: Campaign and Survival. Campaign pits you against the Pharaoh in a bid to make it through the game’s levels. Survival on the other hand is an unlimited battle to bag the highest score. Either mode qualifies for use of the term ‘frenetic’ and both modes are super-addictive.
Jewellust, as we said earlier, is gloriously simple, yet infuriatingly challenging. We can think of much worse ways to spend £1.83.
The Bottom Line
The simplest ideas are always the best. Jewellust combines frantic play with an arch dual-goal game against the clock. It makes us tired just thinking about it
Version reviewed 2.2.6
Requires Android 1.5 or higher