Jewel Match Twilight Solitaire
Gameplay 8
Graphics 8
Sound 7

Jewel Match Twilight Solitaire is a polished solitaire title with a vampire theme. While it doesn’t feature a gripping storyline or much in the way of gimmicks, it does have plenty of levels, a lot of obstacles to overcome and some nifty power-ups to help you out. Three difficulty levels mean that the game can be as easy or challenging as you want it to be and it even includes a bunch of mahjong levels for variation. This is definitely a great game for fans of the genre and one that can keep you busy for quite some time if you are a perfectionist.

Gameplay: Two hundred levels of solitaire fun along with 50 optional mahjong levels.

Graphics: If you like vampires, then you’ll love the visual style of the game.

Sound: Decent tunes, but they can become a little repetitive after a while

Summary 7.7 Great
Gameplay 0
Graphics 0
Sound 0
Summary rating from user's marks. You can set own marks for this article - just click on stars above and press "Accept".
Summary 0.0 Terrible

Jewel Match Twilight Solitaire

Developer: Suricate Software | Publisher: Grey Alien Games | Release Date: 2018 | Genre: Casual / Indie | Website: n/a | Purchase: Steam

It is a testament to the addictiveness of solitaire that despite a free version of it being included in virtually every modern release of Windows, it is still a popular choice amongst both developers and players. It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, though, as this card game has been going strong since the 18th century. Of course, since the market for solitaire games is a little crowded, it has resulted in plenty of original takes on the game. In most cases the rules remain the same, but everything is styled around a certain theme to provide the game with additional depth and charm. Grey Alien Games in particular have proven themselves to be quite adept at creating solitaire games that can suck you in and spit you out many hours later. In addition to their own highly acclaimed solitaire titles, such as Fairway Solitaire, Regency Solitaire and Shadowhand, they have also taken on publishing duties for Suricate Software, creators of Jewel Match Solitaire. However, where Jewel Match Solitaire was a fantastical journey across an ancient land to rebuild epic castles of old, Jewel Match Twilight Solitaire has a bit more bite.

Jewel Match Twilight Solitaire (JMTS from here on out) takes the series in a slightly more sinister direction thanks to its vampire theme. It still offers more than two hundred levels of solitaire, but this time your objective is to rebuild derelict castles. There are five of these castles and the parts that are required for their restoration can be purchased with the rubies you earn from completing levels. Playing through the levels also earns you gold, which can be used to purchase power-ups as well as upgrades from the in-game shop. However, don’t expect a game that veers quite as far into role playing territory as those created by Grey Alien Games, though. Instead, JMTS keeps things simple by sticking to solitaire and not incorporating elements like combat or statistics. It also doesn’t feature much in the way of a story either, so you’ll be playing purely for the satisfaction of completing levels and advancing across the map and not to discover the next plot twist.

For solitaire purist the only thing that will count is how the game plays and JMTS does not disappoint in this regard. It is a solid higher/lower solitaire game with three difficulty settings to choose from. You don’t even have to know how to play solitaire to enjoy this game as it features a tutorial to teach you the ropes. As is usual for the genre, things start out relatively straightforward, but eventually you will be dealing with a number of obstacles and challenges in your pursuit of a perfect three star run of the board.

Cards can be locked, chained, frozen and covered in vines, which can complicate things a bit. For example, you need to play frozen cards twice to clear them while locked cards require you to find a key. You will also want to clear as many cards as possible to create combos as these will multiply the coins that you earn. You can make life a little easier for yourself by using power-ups, such as shuffles, wild cards, or jokers. Other goodies in the shop range from a deck counter that shows you exactly how many cards are left in the stack, more cards added to our stack and even the ability to remove any selected card from the board.

Earning three gold stars on a level is not only very satisfying, but these stars also serve another purpose as they can be used to unlock the bonus mahjong levels that are included with the game. There are 50 of them in total and they not only add some variety to the game, but also come in handy on those occasions where you are stuck on the solitaire levels and need a break. Unlike the straight up vampire theme of the solitaire decks, the mahjong games feature a more Halloween-like theme with black cats, ghosts, skeletons, witches hats and voodoo dolls on the tiles. Although the mahjong bonus levels feature a timer you don’t have to worry about running out of time. This is because the timers are just for you to keep track of your own personal leaderboards, so you can play the mahjong levels at your own pace if you prefer.

Visually, JMTS is a polished looking game, although fans of vampires will obviously enjoy its theme the most. There are a number of styles to choose from for the backs and fronts of the cards, although only the face cards feature vampires. A nice touch about the backgrounds for the levels is the fact that they feature the castle that you are currently trying to rebuild. Therefore, you can actually see your castle taking shape as you progress through the levels and, as an added bonus, when you complete a castle you can then use the image for your Windows wallpaper if you want.

As befitting of a vampire themed game you’ll hear plenty of haunting tunes in the background while playing JMTS. Seeing as there are so many levels, the music can become a little repetitive after a while, but this is to be expected. The game does allow you to adjust the volume levels for the music, sound and ambient effects independently. The controls for JMTS is straightforward and everything felt responsive, so we don’t have any complaints. In total, it took us about 14 hours to complete every solitaire level in the game and earn all 24 Steam Achievements, but there were still plenty of mahjong levels left to tackle. So, if you are a fan of solitaire, then you definitely don’t have to worry about value for money with this title.

Overall, Jewel Match Twilight Solitaire is a solid entry in a crowded genre. The lack of story and RPG elements could disappoint some players who have come to expect it from the genre, but those who want to get straight to the solitaire will have a blast. The visuals are good, but whether you like it or not will depend largely on what you think about vampires. The different obstacles in the game keep things interesting and there is an abundance of levels to complete, so if you are a solitaire fan, then you really shouldn’t hesitate to add this title to your collection.

System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 7
  • Processor: 1GHz
  • Memory: 1 GB RAM
  • Graphics: 64MB VRAM
  • DirectX: Version 7.0
  • Storage: 140 MB available space
  • Sound Card: Any

Related posts

Sneaky Sneaky

Sneaky Sneaky

It’s not the longest or most challenging of titles, but Sneaky Sneaky still manages to impress with its charming visuals and entertaining gameplay. Dashing from cover to cover while silently taking down foes or avoiding them altogether is a lot of fun and the lighthearted nature of the game makes it suitable for the whole family. If you need a break from the more challenging or stressful titles you can’t go wrong with Sneaky Sneaky. Gameplay: Not much of a challenging, but very entertaining. Graphics: Bold, colorful and charming. Sound: Some soothing melodies to back up all the sneaking.

Pinball FX3

Pinball FX3

Pinball FX 3 is not just a small update compared to Pinball FX 2, but feels like a brand new game. It comes with a range of new features that are aimed at drawing in newcomers as well as keeping veterans busy for longer. Not only does the older tables look better than ever before, but the brand new challenges and cross-platform features provide added incentives to return to them. It is a pity that not all the Pinball FX 2 tables could make the transition to the new game, it is a relief that the majority can be imported to the new game without having to pay for them again. Pinball FX 3 is without a doubt one of the best pinball games available on the market and definitely doesn’t disappoint if you are a fan of the genre. Gameplay: Plenty of new features that make it worth moving over from Pinball FX 2. Graphics: Thanks to real-time lighting and shadow projection the tables look better than ever. Sound: The guide can become a little annoying, but fortunately the game features plenty of audio options to customize your experience.

Dragon Age: Origins

Dragon Age: Origins

While many claims have been made that this is the spiritual successor to Baldurs Gate, I think Dragon Age has enough to it to stand on its own. Its, got some flaws but overall it is a superb game that should be played by all RPG fans. Gameplay: Bioware always comes through with compelling role playing games and this one is no exception. Graphics: Clearly held back somewhat by the consoles, but still good. Sound: Great voice acting and stirring music.

Hidden Folks

Hidden Folks

Hidden Folks is a game where you get to search large, detailed, hand drawn landscapes for people and items. This is repeated across four different landscapes made up of 14 levels. The gameplay is simple, but addictive, while the monochrome visuals and mouth-originated sound effects further add to the charm. If you are looking for something that is easy to pick up and play, but challenging enough to keep you busy for a while, then we recommend you give Hidden Folks a chance. Gameplay: Very simple, but finding all the hidden folks is quite a challenge. Graphics: The art style looks great and some of the larger scenes are really impressive. Sound: Instead of traditional audio the game uses mouth-originated sound effects for everything.

Highschool Possession

Highschool Possession

Highschool Possession tells the tale of a student named Hikaru, who one day finds his conscience mysteriously alternating between the bodies of two girls in his school. It is an interesting premise, but due to the short length of the game not a lot of time is spent on fleshing it out more. While the art and audio is decent enough the story could definitely have benefited from a bit more work. Gameplay: The basic story is quite interesting, but due to its short length a lot of things feels glossed over. Graphics: Nice artwork, but not many different backgrounds Sound: The soundtrack is decent, but the game features no voice acting.

Cherry Tree High Girls’ Fight

Cherry Tree High Girls' Fight

Cherry Tree High Girl’s Fight is a 2D, turn-based, girl raising simulator with a card battle system for combat, which makes it a pretty niche title. It features a varied selection of girls from which to assemble your team, but lack of animations and a rather lackluster storyline detracts from the experience. The fights are also based a lot around luck, which can further frustrate players. However, anyone who is willing to overlook these flaws will find an enjoyable game with a charming cast of characters. Gameplay: Raise the stats of your girls and then send them into card based battles for victory. Graphics: Great artwork, but not many animations. Sound: The soundtrack is catchy, but the game has no voice acting.

Leave a comment

3 × 4 =