Moby ID: 31943


After restoring Topcatzintlmex the Olmec spirit, he asks you to restore his homeland, with tonnes of gems as your reward. This involves being presented with grids of gems (from 5 by 5 to 30 by 30, generally increasing as you work through over 200 levels), and working out which squares contain treasure, and which do not. The player must move the mouse around the screen clicking as appropriate, switching (using the right mouse button, or by clicking on the appropriate symbols) between the hand to collect the gems, and a hammer to smash the normal squares. You have four pots of magic glue, with one used up every time you accidentally destroy a gem. There is a time limit; clicking on cursed tiles causes a loss of time.

To work out which are which, there are numbers next to each row and column. If there is a single number, you can know that there is one continuous sequence of this number of gems. Multiple numbers mean multiple sequences of good squares, with one or more dud squares in between. The trick is to combine these sequences in your mind across the horizontal and vertical plains, to satisfy both criteria at once.

After completing each templeā€™s set of levels, you are presented with a bonus level. Completed lines are removed and replaced, and the aim is to collect a full sackā€™s worth on gems within the time limit.

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  • Lobstersoft
Published by
  • Mumbo Jumbo
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Average score: 85% (based on 3 ratings)


Average score: 4.9 out of 5 (based on 4 ratings with 1 reviews)

Great fun for the whole family.

The Good
Graphics were brilliant, easy to use and 225 mind bending nonogram puzzles to solve. The puzzles in Gemsweeper are made of 5x5 up to 30x30 tiles. You have to uncover gems which are hidden behind some of the tiles and to break tiles which are cursed. Numerical clues above and to the left of the board tell you where the hidden gems are. And if you should ever get stuck, Professor McGuffog will give you hints. Overall good experience.

The Bad
So far nothing.

The Bottom Line
Gemsweeper is great fun for all nonogram puzzle lovers and generally all those that love puzzles. Good fun and time pass.

Windows · by karin gryttner (1) · 2008


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Game added by Martin Smith.

Game added January 1, 2008. Last modified February 22, 2023.