Casual Game Spotlight: Gem Hunters
Welcome to the next brief overview of some adware. Gem Hunters does provide an actual game to play while you’re waiting for your next advertisement (often enough for Mobile Strike—go figure). The basic story is you are looking for a missing amulet and you are hunting for someone named (initialed?) “L.” On the way, you bet to do battle with various foes.
To actually engage in combat, you simply need to swipe a line to connect as many squares of the same color as you can. The more squares you connect, the more potent your attack.
Your matches will disappear and new, randomly generated squares will drop into place. The colors represent water (blue), fire (red), nature (green) and electricity (orange). Some enemies will be weak to one particular color so you can use that to your advantage. This can be especially handy if you have an animal companion. These “charge” as you make matches of the animals color and can be used to inflict additional damage to your foe (tap when fully charged). The game ends up a bit of a mash-up between an adventure game and a color match game. It is actually not bad as a bit of a distraction and, by the scores of some of the players in the Arena area, some players are putting a lot of play time in on this one.
Of course, as you gain XP you level up and get to improve your stats so you can take on more capable adversaries. As you collect loot you can use it to improve your arsenal/armor, or you can sell it for coins to buy what you want from the shop. You can also (no surprise) buy game money to upgrade faster.
So, this is pretty dedicated adware and is trying to sell you stuff to upgrade. Nothing new there. The game play is a color matching thing, so nothing really new here, either. The back story is nothing to write home about and the background music is far more “epic” than the game warrants. All this is balanced by a game which actually looks OK and plays easily on the small iPhone/iPod Touch screen. It’s a descent time waster and is random enough to keep you looking for patterns and trying (half in vain) to set up plays for yourself.
Oddly enough, it’s actually kind of fun. If you can put up with the ads (some can be closed immediately, some have a countdown timer), it’s not too bad. It isn’t exactly top shelf stuff, but it’s worth a go.