What's special about Jewels Star?
Jewels Star doesn't deviate much from the classic match-three game format: you make groups of three or more colored gems, they explode and disappear then more gems fall down. There are special power-up gems that perform certain things like exploding a whole line or row of gems, or giving you more time.
There are three different game modes in Jewels Star: Arcade, Mineral, and Classic. All of these play out in a slightly different way, making for a variety of challenges. There are more than 350 levels in total in Jewels Star.
How to play Jewels Star
If you've never played a match-three puzzle game before, Jewels star might be a bit overwhelming at first, and the help screens aren't very clear at explaining what to do.
The controls themselves are simple though - you just tap on a gem to select it then tap on an adjacent one to swap them around. In terms of the behaviors of all the power-ups and how to solve the levels, it's something you'll pick up as you go along (a clue: get the blue star down to the bottom of the pile to complete a level).
A polished gem
The presentation of Jewels Star feels very polished. The other-wordly backgrounds (of which there are eight) look great, and the gems themselves are coloful and shiny.
The music in Jewels Star is both melancholic and hypnotic, and the sound effects for the lightning bolts are explosions are so thunderous that they'll make you jump at times.
Though Jewels Star brings nothing new to the match-three genre in terms of original gameplay, it is hugely entertaining to play and almost impossible to put down. One of the best games of its kind on the Android platform.