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Genre: Block Drop, Block Match, RealArcade Puzzle :: Players: 1 :: Released: 24/9/08

Gem Drop Deluxe Review

Publisher: Real Networks :: Developer: Mr Goodliving, Rovio

Pros

Game Features

Rating/100

Improved gameplay
Extra modes

Cons

Occasionally too fast to control
Lame ending

Sound
Vibration
Help
Save Option
Highscore
Suspend/Resume
Bus/Tube Friendly
See Compatible Handsets

81

Graphics

86

Sound

80

Controls

75

Playability

82

Lastability

83

Review Details
Handset Nokia N81 8Gb
Time Played 3 hours
Game Progress Finished quest

Costas Stephanides’s Review

Review Date: 25/9/08

Gotta be quick in this one


Back in its heyday, Gem Drop was a casual gamers dream; simple, addictive and endless. As the casual gamer has evolved so have the developers and this new and improved Deluxe version should keep the feature fuelled fans happy.

The basic concept is as before, gems drop from the heavens and you have to group 4 or more like coloured gems to make a match. Gem Drop Deluxe comes with a quest mode which consists of 60 levels spread across 6 worlds. Making a block of 4 gems is pretty simple so the developers have gone all creative; if you match 4 gems in a certain pattern (e.g. a square or a T shape), a special shape will be created and you get a few bonus dollars. Some of the more elaborate shapes need careful planning as chains are required to set them up.

Unlike the original game, Deluxe thankfully provides some variety in the quest mode. The tasks include a time survival, surviving 100 gem drops, money target and the puzzling special shape challenges. The game is easy to get to grips with and even if you get stuck on a level, you are given the chance to skip it after a few failures. Once you find yourself towards the end of the game, the speed and difficulty is very high and the skip feature is automatically disabled. One bone of contention that remains from the original is the speed. It can be a little fast; the gems are always dropping and if you have a few high towers you can find yourself trapped with nowhere to go but down. Practice makes perfect and after nearly giving up, the end is nearly in sight.

Even if you manage to complete the quest, there is ‘quick play’ mode to tackle. This bears more resemblance to the original game where you have to reach a target score to pass each sublevel. The game is continuous and when you pass the target a few gems will instantly drop and the action continues. If you manage to top the high scores for this mode, there’s the trophies to consider. Most will drop out during the course of the quest but there are some that require special attention and forethought.

As a sequel, Gem Drop Deluxe has plenty to offer to both new and old fans. Seeing as the first mobile game is now over 2 years old, most of the oldies have probably forgotten all about it (click here for our review and the old graphics). Apart from the improvement in game modes, the graphics have had more of a face transplant than a facelift. The mobiles really are getting closer to PC graphics at least in terms of colour and shading.