Gem Match (originally called Match-3) is unlocked when the player reaches level 7.
How to PlayEditGem Match is a match-3 style jewel game. Lining up 3 or more of the same coloured gems removes them from the board. As gems are removed from the board, the gems above them fall to fill the space created and new gems are added from the top of the board.
Gems may be swapped with any neighbouring gem, but only if the swap creates either a horizontal or vertical line of 3 or more gems of the same colour.
The object of the game is to remove all the squares with yellow borders. This is done by matching 3 or more gems of the same colour, when one of the gems is on a square with a yellow border.
The progress bar at the bottom of the game board shows what percentage of the squares with yellow borders have been removed. When the progress bar is filled, no squares with yellow borders remain, and the game is won.
The only way to lose Gem Match is to run out of time. If no matches are available on the board at any given point in the game, all the gems on the board will reshuffle into new positions.
There are four main types of squares on a Gem Match game board. As you progress through the Gem Match game and advance it to higher levels, these square-types are slowly introduced.
Squares with yellow bordersEdit
Number 1 in the game board above shows an orange gem on a square with a yellow border. The object of the game is to remove these yellow borders by creating matches where 1 gem is on the square with the yellow border. All other matches made in the game do not count towards the game's progress (but can be useful in setting up matches on the squares with yellow borders).
Squares with double yellow bordersEdit
In addition to squares with a yellow border, squares with 2 yellow borders (such as the one shown in number 2 in the Gem Match board shown above) must also be removed from the game board. The second yellow border is at an angle to the first, so looks like a diamond over the square. Completing one match on a square of this type will remove the diamond. The square then looks like a regular square with a yellow border. Creating a second match on the square is necessary to completely remove the border.
On later levels some squares will start with a stone covering them, such as in number 3 on the Gem Match picture above. No gem can enter a square with a stone on it, and no gem can travel through a square with a stone on it to fill space created below it by a match. If you have a string of stones across the middle of the entire board, you must remove at least one stone before gems can travel to the bottom half of the board to replace any you might remove by making matches.
Stones are removed from the board by making a match adjacent to them.
On later levels some gems may start the game with a lock symbol on them such as number 4 in the Gem Match picture above. Gems with locks on them cannot be moved (swapped with adjacent gems). They also cannot fall to fill space below them like other gems. Until the lock is removed they will remain in the one position.
To remove a lock, make a match including the locked gem. You may have to maneuver same coloured gems towards the lock gems to do this since the locked gem cannot move. Once a match is made with a locked gem, the lock will disappear with the other gems in the match, but the gem itself will remain.
Pay attention to the square the locked gem is on. In some levels these gems are not on squares with yellow borders. Although it might be convenient to unlock the gem to help maneuver gems to squares with yellow borders it is not neccessary to unlock these gems to win the game. Some levels can be completed without ever unlocking gems that are not on squares with yellow borders.
There are 6 different coloured gems in Gem Match: Orange squares, Yellow diamonds, Blue triangles, Turquoise ovals, Green circles, and Purple pentagons. Matching 3 or more of any of these gem types in either horizontal or vertical lines will remove them from the game.
Horizontal Striped GemsEdit
Horizontal striped gems such as number 6 above are created by matches of 4 gems of the same colour in a horizontal line. The horizontal striped gem will be the same colour as the gems matched to create it. Making a match that includes a horizontal striped gem will trigger it to remove all the gems in the column it is in. Any squares with a single yellow border in the column will be removed, any squares with a double yellow border in the column will have one yellow border removed, any squares with stones in the column will have the stones removed, and any gems with locks in the column will have the locks removed. If another special gem (striped, bomb, multicolour) is in that column it will also be triggered as it is removed from the board.
Vertical Striped GemsEdit
Vertical striped gems such as number 5 above are created by matches of 4 gems of the same colour in a vertical line. The vertical striped gem will be the same colour as the gems matched to create it. Making a match that includes a vertical striped gem will trigger it to remove all the gems in the row it is in. Any squares with a single yellow border in the row will be removed, any squares with a double yellow border in the row will have one yellow border removed, any squares with stones in the row will have the stones removed, and any gems with locks in the row will have the locks removed. If another special gem (striped, bomb, multicolour) is in that row it will also be triggered as it is removed from the board.
Matching 5 gems in either a 'T' or 'L' shape will create a bomb gem of that colour (number 7 in picture above). Making a match that includes a bomb gem will trigger it to explode, removing all adjacent gems from the board. The bomb will survive the explosion and fall into the space created by the removed gems, and explode a second time removing itself and all adjacent gems. Any squares with a single yellow border adjacent to either explosion will be removed, any squares with a double yellow border adjacent to either explosion will have one yellow border removed, any squares with stones adjacent to either explosion will have the stones removed, and any gems with locks adjacent to either explosion will have the locks removed. If another special gem (striped, bomb or multicolour) is adjacent to either explosion it will also be triggered as it is removed from the board.
Matching 5 or more gems of the same colour in either a horizontal or vertical line will create a multicoloured gem (number 8 in the picture above). Swapping the multicoloured gem with any other gem will remove all gems of the same colour from the board. If the coloured gem is on a square with a single yellow border, the border will be removed. If the coloured gem is on a square with a double yellow border, one of the yellow borders will be removed. If the coloured gem is adjacent to a square covered with a stone, the stone will be removed. If the coloured gem is a gem with a lock, the lock will be removed. If the coloured gem is adjacent to another special gem (striped or bomb gems), it may also be triggered as it is removed from the board.
The special gems created by matches (striped gems, bomb gems, multicoloured gems) can be swapped with each other regardless of their colour. To swap two special gems, they do not have to be the same colour as each other. Doing this can create a number of special moves that will remove a large number of gems from the board.
Swapping Vertical and Horizontal Striped GemsEditSwapping a striped gem (of any colour) with another striped gem (also of any colour) will trigger them both and remove both a column and a row of gems from the board from the point you swap them.
This will remove yellow borders, stones, locks, and trigger other special gems in both the row and column in the same way as when you use a striped gem normally.
Swapping Two BombsEdit
Swapping two bombs of any colour will trigger a much bigger explosion than triggering a bomb by itself. This will remove yellow borders, stones, locks, and trigger other special gems adjacent to the explosion in the same way as when you use a bomb normally.
Swapping a Bomb with a Striped GemEditSwapping a bomb with a striped gem will trigger a super striped gem reaction. This will remove 3 rows and 3 columns of gems from the board from the point of the swap. This will remove yellow borders, stones, locks, and trigger other special gems in both the rows and columns removed in the same way as when you use a striped gem normally.
Swapping a Striped Gem with a Multicoloured GemEdit
Swapping a vertical striped gem with a multicoloured gem will turn all gems on the board that are the same colour as the vertical striped gems into vertical striped gems. Swapping a horizontal striped gem with a multicoloured gem will turn all gems on the board that are the same colour as the horizontal striped gems into horizontal striped gems.
Swapping Two Multicoloured GemsEditSwapping two multicoloured gems will remove every gem from the board. The board will then fill up with new gems. This will remove any squares with single yellow borders, remove one yellow border from any square with double yellow borders, remove all stones from the board and remove all locks from the board.
Using Tools in Gem MatchEdit
Two tools are available to use in Gem Match - Time Machines and Explorer's Eyes. Using a Time Machine during a Gem Match game will add 45 seconds to the game timer. Using an Explorer's Eye will randomly remove one yellow border from the game board.
The Pyramid of WonderEdit
As part of the 2013 Christmas Quests, players needed to reach Academician level in Gem Match within the Christmas Quest time period in order to unlock the Pyramid of Wonder award. The Pyramid of Wonder was also back up for grabs during the Christmas 2014 Update, Christmas 2015 Update as well as the Christmas 2016 Update.
The Pyramid sits in the centre of the top row of a player's Home Desktop. Level 1 Pyramids award 5 Fireflies, Ladybugs, Cupid's arrows, Carrots or Tokens every 12 hours, while Level 2 Pyramids award 7. During challenges, the Pyramid may also award special items needed to play the event pictures. When charged by a visiting friend the Pyramid awards 10 paid room items and 100 coins every 12 hours.
It is not currently possible to win the Pyramid of Wonder.
Hints and TipsEdit
Use the Special MovesEdit
Gem Match is a relatively simple game as long as you take advantage of the special moves. Trying to remove all yellow squares from the board using simple matches of 3 gems is very time consuming, particularly at higher game levels. Doing this will require a large number of Time Machine and Explorer's Eye tools for the harder levels. Aim to match as many gems as possible with each move in order to create striped gems, bombs, and multicoloured gems. Avoid the temptation to use striped gems and bombs straight away; instead aim to move them closer together so you can swap them with each other for the maximum effect.
Stock up on Tools while you are learning the puzzle Edit
You can use both Time Machine and Explorer's Eye tools during a game of Gem Match. These can be invaluable when you first start playing the puzzle. The Time Machines add an additional 45 seconds to the puzzle's timer when used (and can be used at any point during the game, not just when the original time allowed has expired), and the Explorer's Eye tool removes one yellow border from the board (chosen at random). Note that a gem must be sitting on a yellow border for the Explorer's Eye tool to work on it, and the tool typically chooses the easier borders to remove so it is better to wait to use them until only the last few difficult yellow borders are remaining on the board or the tool may be wasted. The Explorer's Eye tool will remove all single-border blocks first, only then will it remove one border from a double-border block. Since that creates a single-border block, the next Eye will remove that block then move on to another double-border block. Only when all double-border blocks are gone will it remove a lock. Only when all yellow borders are eliminated will it remove a stone, but it is possible to finish the level without clearing Stones if all blocks with yellow borders are eliminated.
Having a stockpile of these tools is advised if you struggle with Gem Match. There is no need to purchase either with crystals or real money. Time Machines can be purchased in the Shop using coins won from playing Pictures/Puzzles and from combining collections (which is a good way to earn a large number of coins quickly in the game). Explorer's Eyes are rewarded for combining a number of collections in the game, including some easy to gather collections such as the Stargazer's Artifacts collection, which is one of the collections whose items are given out randomly in thank you gifts. You can use the List of Collections page here to sort the collections in the game by the reward they give out to see which collections award Time Machine and Explorer's Eye tools when combined, as well as the List of Collection Item Locations page, which also gives the pictures and puzzle locations where the items for each collection can be won through normal game play.
Cannot Open Gem Match?Edit
Some players who have downloaded the Secret Society: Hidden Mystery after the Valentines Update have reported difficulties in opening the Gem Match game once it is unlocked at level 7. This may be related to the order you complete quests in your game, particularly the quests related to the Christmas 2013 Update (when Gem Match was released). If you are told you do not have enough pieces of the Gem Match game to open it, check your quest list for a quest to find the missing piece. Use the 'Show Hints' button in the quest to find which Picture you need to investigate (you may have to do this several times, investigating several locations, as quests are not always completed on the first attempt). If you do not have a quest in your quest list to find the missing piece of Gem Match you may need to keep working through you current quests until the quest is triggered.
If you are still having difficulty, read the post on the current Gem Match glitch in the wiki's FAQ or ask a question in the Forum. If you have already completed the quest and are still missing a piece of the Gem Match puzzle it is possible that your game contains a glitch that is stopping you from opening the puzzle.
Once you Know the Basics ...Edit
There are additional tips and strategies to become efficient at playing Gem Match that can be found as a PDF.