“Jewel Quest Solitaire” game is a cards game to play alone, as you sure guess from its name, but it’s different from others games alike since it has an story on which the game develops. If you like playing cards and you are alone at the moment, go ahead and try this game out to see if you like it. If you are asking yourself why to play cards on the computer instead of using real cards, there are several answers that come up to my mind. For example, if you are a laptop user, you can play during a trip or a waiting room without the need of carrying a deck with you.
The goal of this game is to remove all cards from the layout. Cards that are the same value, one value higher, or one value lower can be played together. When there are no valid plays, flip a card from the stock and try again. Jewels are dropped onto the board based on how you play the cards. The jewels dropped will match the suits of the cards that are played. However, jewels will not be dropped for cards from the reserve piles.
Gold spaces are worth bonus points. Gold spaces are earned during card play when three or more jewels of the same type are lined up horizontally or vertically on the jewel board. A “swap” is earned every time cards match ranks during “Full quest” mode. A swap allows jewels to be moved around during jewel board play. You need to earn as many swaps as possible to make it easier to beat the jewel board.
Bonus matches play a large part in the game. You have to make a bonus match whenever possible and plan ahead to maximize their effect. Each bonus match awards an extra swap and increases the multiplier value.
If you don’t know how to play this solitaire game that won’t be a problem since “Jewel Quest” has an on-screen step-by-step tutorial that will show you how to play in no time. There are two modes to play this game: Full Quest and Only Cards.
When you enter the game, you’ll be reaching the Main Menu, with the following options:
- Full Quest: to play this mode of the game.
- Only Cards: simplified version of the game.
- Select/Change Player: you can create several profiles to share your game with family and friends.
- Rules: a cards-style help information screen. There’s also an on-screen tutorial.
- Options: View game options and adjust settings, such as sound volume, and music volume, among others
- Quit: no further explanation required.
You can try this game for 60 minutes before you buy the licensed version. If you like it, you can buy this game for only 19.95 dollars, right from the Oberon Media Game Center, on the Web.
About system requirements, here’s a list for you to check out:
• Windows XP/Vista
• 400MHz or faster processor
• 128MB RAM (256 MB recommended for 2000/XP)
• 16MB video card
• DirectX 7 or higher
• 45MB hard drive space