- They take the match three formula and introduce new mechanics to accompany the match three which in turn makes the gameplay fun at times.
- In terms of content there is a decent amount for you to get to grips with and the content is varied enough to keep you interested for a bit.
- The puzzles you face in the game have a decent balance to them and once you complete them you get a nice sense of achievement.
- There are some special abilities to obtain throughout the game and these abilities actually matter and do a good job of helping you.
- The presentation side of the game is very basic and nothing much stands out when it comes to the visuals or sound design.
- Sometimes the gameplay can be extremely slow and this can make things become pretty tedious.
- I noticed that the controls didn’t always remain responsive and they felt a little fiddly from time to time.
- The game sometimes requires a lot of backtracking and this can be frustrating because of the slow pace.
All in all the match three genre is absolutely huge on mobile devices and I can guarantee that everybody has at least one of these games on their mobile devices. Consoles on the other hand don’t have an abundance of these types of games and in a way I’m glad because once you’ve seen one of these games you’ve pretty much seen them all. Lily’s Epic Quest for Lost Gems however introduces new mechanics to the usual match three formula and despite its problems it can be enjoyable from time to time. These different mechanics that are in play can give the game an addictive edge to it and that’s a good thing because the game has a decent amount of content for you to sink your teeth into. You will however have to get used to the slow pace of the game. At times this game can be excruciatingly slow and this does make things become tedious but if you look past this pace you end up getting involved in some decent puzzles. There are a number of puzzles for you to tackle and these puzzles have a decent amount of variety going for them, which in turn keeps the gameplay fresh and interesting somewhat. Some of the puzzles though will frustrate you and that’s mainly because there is a lot of backtracking included with a few of them. The backtracking wouldn’t have been too much of a problem though if the character moved at a quicker pace but unfortunately this slow pace is profound throughout your time with the game. They do however try to combat this by offering you special abilities to complete the puzzles at a quicker pace and thankfully these abilities did help out quite a bit. Each ability does the job it sets out to do and there is a nice amount of variety to them which makes collecting them a worthwhile experience. Technically the game holds up pretty well and the only problem I really came across were the controls. The controls in the game don’t always remain responsive and this can cause you a few problems every now and then which in turn makes you become a tad frustrated, but thankfully it doesn’t happen all of the time and I’m sure a small patch would sort this problem. In terms of the presentation side of the game I wasn’t expecting much but even though I wasn’t expecting much I was still a little disappointed that was on offer here. Everything that’s been included both in the visuals and sound design is very basic and nothing much stands out at all, which is a shame. At the end of the day Lily’s Epic Quest for Lost Gems is one of them games that’s perfect for passing a little bit of time every now and then because when played for long periods you will notice its flaws a lot more. That being said though it probably just does enough to get a very small recommendation from me.
I rate Lily’s Epic Quest for Lost Gems 6.5/10.
Written by: gerrardnum8 (Dean Martin)
Developer: Studio Craft Development
Publisher: Studio Craft Development
Release Date (Xbox One): May 16, 2018