Jewel Quest Mysteries: Curse of the Emerald Tear, by Avanquest on the Nintendo DS, is an adventure packed hidden objects game. Using an archaeologists notebook, players set out on a quest to ancient Egypt to search for lost objects. Join Rupert and Emma as they seek out treasures and golden jewels which are hidden in beautiful and stunning gardens and ancient palaces.
In the hidden object mode, players are presented with a picture screen and must discover the treasures and jewels that have been hidden in the Egyptian scenery. The game is challenging as random clicking is discouraged, with a 30 second penalty for selecting an item more than a few times without a result. All of the hidden objects need to be discovered in a certain amount of time and believe me when I say they are hidden extraordinarily well. Players will find themselves concentrating very hard to see where all the objects are on the list you are given.
The objects are not the only items that should be collected. Players can also collect gold coins and gems, which then can be used to purchase upgrades such as longer time limits and hints, which is very handy in this game if youâ€™re stuck.
In the background, the storyline of married archaeologists Rupert and Emma unravels as they hunt for the Emerald Tear Jewel Board. This board is rumoured to have special powers. Unfortunately Rupert has fallen into a deep coma and players must then guide Emma on this quest for the clues to save her husbandâ€™s life. The story also explores the lives of historical figures including Alexander the Great and Tutankhamun through the journey.
Not only does this game offer you the classic hidden object game, it also gives players the chance to play a bejewelled style game, where players must move individual jewels around a board via adjacent squares so that a sequence of three or more match. The matching gems then vanish and are replaced by new ones. The aim is to turn all of the tiles on the puzzle gold by matching gems.
The Quest map illustrates all the locations where the lost treasures are hidden. The number next to each location indicates how many clues remain hidden in that particular area. Successfully finding all the objects isnâ€™t easy at times. Look out for the gold coins, because if you collect three gold coins it gives you an extra hint, which is so helpful. I managed to get stuck on a few levels, so they come in very handy. There are also a selection of coloured jewels hidden in each area and they can be exchanged for upgrades after each round.
Included with Jewel Quest Mysteries: Curse of the Emerald Tear is a second free game called ‘Mysteryville’. This is also a hidden object adventure game that features mini challenges such as tile swapping and card matching. Something very odd and strange has been going on in the town of Mysteryville. It seems that the town cats have suddenly started disappearing and it looks suspsicious. As an ace reporter for Countryside Life Magazine, itâ€™s up to you to discover the truth. During your stay in the town, you can visit Mysteryville shops, explore and question the residents to discover the truth. There are 21 locations around the town of Mysteryville to solve the case of the missing felines. Residents will ask you to find a list of required items in order to crack the case. This mini game is an excellent addition to a solid missing objects game, as it gives players new challenges. Again you have to find the objects within a set time limit and incur a time penalty for too much random clicking.
The game is great fun for fans of the hidden object genre with the additional bonus of having an extra game thrown in for free. The story unfolds in the background, while you do your very best to find all the hidden objects in the selected locations. Some of the challenges can be tricky and frustrating at times, but thatâ€™s because the objects have been excellently hidden. WhileÂ the game does not boast the best of graphics, it does provide a relaxing and often challenging game.