App Review: Treasures of Montezuma by Alawar Entertainment, Inc.

by Dorothy   on May 11, 2009
Filed under Daily App Reviews, Entertainment, Games, Kids

treasuresofmontezuma3 150x150 App Review: Treasures of Montezuma by Alawar Entertainment, Inc.Treasures of Montezuma is a challenging game very similar to the popular Bejeweled.  Being very familiar with Bejeweled, I figured I could just load this game on my iPod and start playing.  However, no matter how I tried, I always seemed to run out of time on each level that I played.  Then, I read the Help section of the menu.  I was trying to accomplish the wrong goal.

In Treasures of Montezuma, you remove tokens from the game board by swapping two tokens to form a set of 3 or more tokens of the same color just like you do in Bejeweled.  The goal in Treasures of Montezuma, however, is not to just remove tokens.  You are trying to collect all of the gems before time runs out.  The gems are in the center of some of the tokens on the game board.  To collect a gem, you must remove the token that is holding the gem.  Thus, you must prioritize your moves and not waste time removing tokens that don’t have gems.

For each level that you complete, you earn a star.  These stars can be used to buy bonuses or power totems at the end of each level.  These bonuses can help you clear tokens from the board.  The bonuses appear on the board on tokens.  To activate the bonus, you simply must remove that token.  The power totems are activated when you remove two consecutive groups of tokens that are the same color.  There are some tokens such as the ones wrapped in chains or the steel tokens are more difficult than others, if not impossible, to clear without the use of bonuses.

Treasures of Montezuma is a lot of fun and will keep you busy for hours.  If you like Bejeweled, you will love this game.

Treasures of Montezuma is on sale for $0.99 in the iTunes App Store.

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4 Responses to “App Review: Treasures of Montezuma by Alawar Entertainment, Inc.”
  1. darth bl says:

    Awesome game. I own both this and Bejeweled, but this is 10x better. The key strategy of the game is not so much removing the gems or the artifacts blindly, but plan your moves to extend the timer (you can do this by collecting the orange power up, and remove the orange gems in consecutive moves, which will give you 30-50 additional seconds). Very addicting

  2. LalaM says:

    This is like bejeweled, but smarter. I like this game a lot.

  3. t says:

    This game is so freaking awesome. The graphics and sound are first rate. I have to agree that this app beats bejeweled hands down. The only own side is that the app eats the heck out of the battery. But so what, get this app!

  4. mickeyen says:

    An average player (with earpiece enabled) gets ultimate satisfaction within 20mins or less with this game!
    Look, if you haven’t played this game… at least up to the end of level 3, SORRY… U ARE YET TO PLAY A STRATEGIC GAME OF SOUND, SPECTACULAR SIMULTANEOUS VISUAL STUNNING EFFECTS AND PLEASURE!!! this is a MUST have. And don’t compare it with any game of its category… please.


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