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Gem Hunter v2.0 requires 586K
As much a game of reasoning as anything, be fore-warned: even with the directions,
Gem Hunter can get a bit confusing. Without the directions – you might be in
I whet my teeth on Gem Hunter by playing the unregistered version which only
allows you to look for three gems. The game made no sense at all at
first, and I admit that I hated it. Basically, I saw a board that looked
See all the little arrows around the board? As you click on them, various
icons will appear.
Each icon actually means something, and directly relates to where the gems
are hidden on the board. Nothing is random, even the things that are thrown in
to confuse you. So after seeing the "YOU LOSE" screen more
times than I cared to, I <gasp> read the directions.
Here is a quick breakdown of what the icons mean, directly taken from the instruction
"A Deflection occurs when a beam strikes a gem at a
"A Hit occurs when the beam strikes a gem directly,
"A Reflection occurs any time the beam enters the
What a difference some information made!! All of a sudden I realized that
there was a method to this game’s madness; and once I got the hang of it,
finding the three gems was fun and almost easy!
With my new knowledge, I was able to win. Here is a blow-by-blow of how I did
|You start a new game by clicking the
"play" icon on the bottom left of the board. You hit a number of
the side arrows to reveal icons telling you about possible placements of
gems. The less icons you hit, the higher your final score will be.
Ok, as you can see, I have a red icon on two different planes. This is
As you tap the board for gems, the amount left to find will be
In this example, I was able to find all three gems by using the x/y
You tap the "check" symbol at the bottom right of the board, and it will
Like there was ever any doubt! ;0)
I was fooled into thinking that the game was fun but pretty simple while I
was playing the unregistered version, as there are only the three gems to find.
Once I got my hands on the registered version, things got rather ugly…
In the registered version, you can customize the game to include anywhere
from one to seven gems. The Random setting is a total bugger, as you
never know how many gems will get thrown at you. While the 1 through 3
hidden gem settings aren’t bad – you will really have to apply yourself in the 4
through 7 settings.
So, here is an example of looking for seven gems on the board. It’s hard, yet
not impossible (though you will see that I didn’t do it – this time)…
|I figured that I would go ahead and hit all of
the little arrows, exposing all of the icons, because I knew from past
experience that this wasn’t going to be easy.
The next thing I did was find all of my x/y axis freebies.
This is where it gets tricky! Remembering that an R means that
You also have to consider the colored icons. If a matching pair appears
When you have two matching colored icons on the same row – such as the
It’s things like this that keep you from getting too cocky…back to
Fortunately, this game is habit-forming enough that you will want to
After you have played a few games, you can check your stats. If you have been
using the game timer, your best times will also be displayed.
Gem Hunter has blips and beeps, and an addictive startup sound – but like all
good software, you can choose not to hear any of it if you are going to be
playing in a "quiet" environment. There is also a handy Exit
button in the Game menu.
This game has earned a permanent place on my Pocket PC. I think it is both
challenging and fun – and a FAB time waster. :0)
Addictive and challenging
Choice of difficulties
Game has an Exit button
You really ought to read the instructions…