- Watch for sparkles; they
show you potential matches.
- Watch for patterns in the
gems... an 'L' shape can usually match.
- Complete two gem sets at
once for a point bonus.
- Make six good moves without
pause to earn a Speed Bonus.
- Try to get your Score
Multiplier up as quickly as possible by making chains.
- The Multiplier only drops a
level if you miss a move when it's empty.
- Keep the Score Multiplier
going by alternating matching and matchless moves.
- Max out the Chain Meter
twice to earn super-rare Fruit Gems.
- Fruit Gems clear all
like-colored gems and have special powers.
- Match Bomb Gems with gems
of the same color before they tick down.
- Bomb Gems can be destroyed
by Flame or Lightning Gems.
- Destroying Bomb Gems adds
matches to your Chain Meter.
- Blow Coals apart with Flame
or Lightning Gems to get the Geodes inside.
- Each detonated Coal
releases one to three bonus Geodes.
- Blow up multiple Coals at
once to increase your Geode bonus.
- Explode several Coals with
a big Multiplier for a massive boost.
- Remember: finishing a level
clears Locks, Bombs, and Doom Gems from the board.
- You earn Rank Stars at
different rates in each game mode.
- Doom Gems only count down
when you move without making a match.
- Only one Doom Gem can
appear per level, and it typically appears around the halfway mark.
- It's possible to make a
6-gem match... or even a 7- or 8-gem match.
- Match 6 gems in a row to
create a super-powered gem.
- Take note of the
transitions between Score Multipliers. When you've just increased your
Multiplier, you have one free non-matching twist before your Multiplier
drops. If you're careful, you can alternate match/non-match twists to
set up a better board.
- If you have multiple
matches available and you're working on maintaining a chain, work from
the top down; that way you won't disrupt the lower matches when you make
the higher ones.
- Keep an eye on the Bonus
Challenge sequence. It's not easy, but if you get a chance it will
greatly boost your Score Multiplier.
- Be aware of how much more
of the level you have to complete. Often, particularly if your Score
Multiplier is up, you can complete a level before Bomb Gems get a chance
to count all the way down.
- Generally speaking, hang on
to your Flame, Lightning and Fruit Gems as long as you can, as they are
very helpful when you get in a jam.
- Not only do Fruit Gems
destroy all gems of the same color on the board when matched, but they
also add 10 turns to all Bomb Gems.
- Locked and Doom Gems
announce themselves one twist before they appear. You can use this to
put them in a more advantageous position, i.e. away from the edge or
next to an exploding gem or a gem of the same color.
- You don't have to destroy
Bomb Gems as soon as they appear; you just have to get them before they
explode. Keep them in mind as you play, but you don't have to take
direct action until their counters get down to 4 or 5 or so.
- Play Zen Mode and Challenge
Mode to get a feel for how to create Flame and Lightning Gems.
- A top score in Blitz
requires clever use of chains and multipliers.
- Try to store up as many
explosive gems as possible until late in the game; you will earn far
more points if you can detonate them all at once when your Score
Multiplier is up.
- Treat the game like you're
going for a Speed Bonus; as you're making one match, find the next one
on the board.
- Be aggressive; don't worry
so much about the Bombs.
- If at all possible, go for
- Try to keep an "escape
hatch"; that is, a match you can make near the bottom of the board.
When things get tight you can match it to shake up the board.
- If you get stuck on one
Challenge type, move on to the next.
- When working on multiple
detonations, create your exploding gems and then move them to the side
away from your "work space" so as not to trigger them ahead of
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