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    bloudnproud's Jewel Quest II (Web)

    [February 9, 2008 02:31:19 AM]
    Gamelog entry #2

    After failing the second level, I realized that there was a time limit to the puzzle. The long tongue of the lion on the bottom turned out to be the timer, where the shorter it got, the more time was running out. So I tried the game again, now knowing that I cannot just take my time because I had to think fast. Since I was running out of time, I opted to use one of the special moves. I clicked on the one jewel that I had left, and it turned to gold.

    More of the story was revealed as I completed the levels. I also received another part of the map. The second level did not seem to be harder than the first. The board did change however. I made the game more challenging for myself by trying to obtain the gold coins. The length of the tongue seemed to be shorter in the third level. In the third level, buried jewels must be completely revealed before they can be moved. I had to uncover a buried jewel by lining up identical jewels next to it. It was hilarious how when I failed the level, there was a quote from Rupert saying, “I’ve lost my best girl and now this! Cripes! Can’t a guy catch a break around here!?!- It was like hearing a pirate talk.

    The scenery of the ship was nice because it matched the story of how Rupert was at sea. The background looked like the scenery from a children’s cartoon. The colors may not be as intricate as the ones used in “Castlevania”, but with a puzzle game such as this, it did not need to be so complicating. The colors of the jewels were simple primary colors, which is beneficial because it does not make the game confusing. The level design was good because even the very little details of a ship in real-life were included. Not to mention how the gold coins had a picture on it as well. The levels vary by having the time-limit become shorter. In each level, the board was changed, and there were also more jewels included. Something new would be added to each level, like the gold coins and the buried jewels. By adding these challenges or new aspects, it makes the game interesting.

    One of the conflicts that the game provides is the time expiration. One must get rid of all the jewels before time runs out. It was interesting how the picture of the lion on the bottom, with its long tongue horizontally sticking out, turned out to be the timer. The shorter the tongue got, the less time I had. This was such a clever aspect of the game that I did not notice its purpose beforehand. This game simply has a 2D gameworld since it’s a puzzle. I chose a single player adventure, but there is also the choice of player against another person. So this would form social interaction, in the sense that both players will feel excited and nervous to complete the level before the other player does, or before time runs out. I wouldn’t change the game because I liked it the way it is. Actually, I would probably add different background music to that one jungle-like music that was being played. The only part that frustrated me was when time ran out before I managed to complete the level. The game gradually became harder with the time span becoming shorter and new elements like buried jewels were added. I was excited about the reward structure because I was able to use the “special” moves that I obtained on jewels that I had complications with. I also liked how high the points became, and that bonus points were awarded after each level was completed. The reward system includes lives, score, and the special moves.

    This entry has been edited 2 times. It was last edited on Feb 9th, 2008 at 03:21:38.

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    [February 9, 2008 02:30:26 AM]
    Gamelog entry #1

    Emma, who supported Rupert through his years of researching the origins of the jewel board, has left him for the wealthy and cavalier Sebastian Grenard. Rupert decided to join the navy, but was too old to enlist. So he joined the engine staff of a cargo ship en route to South Africa. Even with a heavy heart, Rupert has his sights set on the sea. One of the main objects of the game is to combine 3 or more identical jewels, and to do this until the entire game board is cleared. The catch of the game is to complete the task before time runs out.

    The game that I chose to play is called “Jewel Quest II”. There were instructions in the beginning, which were pretty straightforward and easy to understand. After I combined the first three jewels, the game was interrupted with some info: when the blocks turn gold, that means that the jewels are cleared. If I waited too long, the diamonds, whether they’re in the gold box or not, would change into a different color. The points were not in increments of five or ten. Rather, they varied with 1 point or 51 points. After I completed the first level, I was awarded bonus points. I also received a part of a map on the left-hand corner. In the second level, a new feature was added: the gold coins. I had to match three gold coins to earn “special” moves. To use it, I had to press the “special” button and click any space on the board.

    There were no characters in the game, but I did enjoy playing it nonetheless. I liked how this game was like “Kirby’s Adventure”. It was challenging, but not so challenging that I felt compelled not to continue. I would say that these are the kinds of puzzle games that I enjoy playing; this and “Tetris”. I enjoyed reading the story and seeing the narrative progression. I learned more about Rupert’s story after I completed the first level. I realized that each set of levels had its own story. The narrative progression is as follows: 1) Rupert’s Heartbreak 2) Emma’s Apology 3) Grenard’s revenge 4) Hanis Regret 5) Back to Africa. I completed about three levels and was still in the story of “Rupert’s Heartbreak”. I was very into the game because it was I got better as I went along. I was able to build on my techniques in no time.

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    bloudnproud's Jewel Quest II (Web)

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    GameLog started on: Friday 8 February, 2008

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