Just recently I spoke about another review i did for a match three style game where I proclaimed I really didn’t like the genre as there were way to many of them and nothing set them apart. Well today I am here to publicly confess I was wrong.
In The Treasures of Montezuma, you’ll do more than match ancient artifacts and activate powerful magic totems. You’ll also follow the beautiful and clever Dr. Emily Jones as she solves a mystery that can transform the world.
The treasures of Montezuma is a match three game with an RPG feel mixed in. I have to admit that when I first booted it up I wasn’t very inspired with the game. Not because of any shortcomings of the game itself, but that I had already decided in my mind that this looked like another match three game in the vein of Bejeweled. However as I started playing it I started to get sucked into the game, and after about 3 levels I was hooked.
The game has 2 difficulty modes 41 levels of gameplay to complete. It sounds weird saying you need to complete a level in a match three game doesn’t it! Well that’s just one reason Montezuma stands out from the others. You see each level has a specific numbers of Diamonds that need to be chained together to complete the levels.
When you begin the game you will see 7 rows of varying shapes and colored tokens. Some of these tokens have gems in them. These are the ones you must clear to complete the level. A countdown timer is located on the top left of the screen so you will know how long you have to match 3 these diamond stones before the game is over. As you progress in levels the number of diamonds needed to complete a level are increased.
As you progress through the levels the game will spell out the instructions to you helping to ease you into the RPG elements of the game. You see for each level you clear you are given one gold star. These stars can be used to unlock special power ups or totems for use during the game.
There are 14 different skill tree’s or power-ups that you can unlock. Each skill can be ranked up 4 stars. Some of these can help extend the amount of time you have, increase the number of gems on the screen at one time, or destroy nearby or specific colored stones or tokens as they call them.
As you play the game these power-ups will appear on the screen when you meet certain criteria such us getting a big combo, or clearing off a 4 or 5 row of a color. To activate these power-ups you will need to match 3 with the color of them.
If you find yourself stuck and can’t seem to find anything to swap you can press the spyglass on the top right and it will located a swappable pair of tokens.
If there are no moves left on the game board the game will clear and reshuffle for you. If you find yourself having diamonds at the bottom of the screen and your unable to get a match 3 to them you can use one of your shuffle tokens located dead center on the top to reshuffle the tokens on the board.
Make sure you use these when you find yourself stuck as they can be the deciding factor in winning or losing the game.
Another aspect of the game worth mentioning is the trophies section. There are 9 unlock-able trophies that can be obtained for performing combos, and other various accomplishments.
There is also a local only Hi-Score leaderboard.
Graphically the game is very bright, colorful, and pleasant on the eyes. Vibrant colors and animations make the game feel very polished. The audio is done very well also. Sound effects and music add to the overall experience.
Anyone remotely interested in Match 3 Types of games like Bejeweled owe it to yourself to try this game. It’s not only addictive it’s also very challenging and deep. I personally have to credit the game with opening my eyes to Match 3 games. I never have been a really big fan of the genre, but now I find myself drawn to this title more so than most of my iPhone collection.
Excellent animations and graphics
Customized RPG elements
No Online Scoreboard
Footage taken from PC version of the Game. Actual iPhone interface looks slightly different. This video is being presented to showcase the gameplay only which is similar to the iPhone Applications.