Key to High Scores
Key to high scores is to make scoring
formations as often as possible. If you make
a regular 5-gem scoring formation every other turn you loose only one free
board cell. Thus in order to keep on playing one must either make
scoring formations longer or faster (i.e.
more often). In general it is hard and unfeasible to make longer formations,
because you have to wait more turns (and loose more free space!) before
completing them. Also as less and less playing space remains there is a great
chance that desired locations will get occupied by new
gems or that
paths will get blocked. Thus the main strategy is to make regular 5-gem
formations and to make them fast.
Keep It Organized
3D is a
game of organization. The play time is proportional to
the probability of making a scoring formation.
If the board is filled by randomly scattered
gems the probability of making a
scoring formation is low. With each turn one should organize
gems to form
scoring formations, not just move them around. Organization issue is
particularly important when dealing with blocking
gems. It is always a good idea to place a blocking gem next to another
one of its kind, as if making a scoring formation, rather than moving it away
to a random location.
Don't Rush It
Unlike chess time is not critical when playing
3D (at least not
in the current version). Before making a move carefully examine the board for
rudimentary scoring formations as they may
show in unexpected ways. It is very important to find
at least three
gems in a row with adjacent empty cells to add two more.
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a Good Start
When starting a new
game it helps to click F2 (or menu
Game | New) several
times until a more or less
organized combination of
gems appear. By organized I mean at least two
gems of the same color.
Keep Paths Clear
At late stage of the
game the board can be pretty full of
it can have several disconnected regions from which there is no
clear path to move gem to another region. Don't let this happen! Always
try to keep all the regions connected because you might want to move
Use Tricks Wisely
When used wisely tricks can save
the game. One should save tricks for 'tough times' that come when the board is
almost completely filled with
gems. Typically at a late stage in the
the board is nearly full there is a number of semi-scoring
formations, but there are no empty cells or no free
gems needed to
complete them. In this case a trick can win some
board space and
semi-scoring formations. The key to wise usage of
tricks is to form a number of semi-scoring
formations when the complete scoring
formations can not be made, and later set a 'chain reaction' of
completing these semi-scoring formations by
using only one or two tricks. Remember,
tricks end fast!
Don't Get Upset!
gems fall in 'unfortunate' places, block formations and
clear paths. Sometimes God's Will puts them in the same 'unfortunate' place
over and over again. This is pure
probability and the program was not written
to do this on purpose. No matter how upsetting that might be remember that positive
attitude is a key to a good
When You Move a
A new gem will not fall in the
former place of the gem you just moved unless
the board is totally out of free space.
As a challenging
puzzle is mental workout as well as being a lot of
fun. As you gain experience with the
game so too
will you see more possibilities for strategies with
every game giving you even more to think about.