Old Clockmaker’s Riddle Game Review for Mac

16 Mar


There is a lot of match 3 games out there for iPhone and iPad these days. But usually after playing them for awhile, you get tired and bored of them because the gameplay is repetitive. Playing a match 3 game on the Mac is a first time experience for me. I am using my mouse to choose the gems in this G5’s Old Clockmaker Riddle game on my MacBook 2008 instead of the usual tapping on the screen using my fingers.


The game starts with Mr Ryan explaining the rules of the game. It seems the Old Clockmaker casts a spell on the town. The old town starts to fall into decay while the clock spins backwards. Your job here is to complete the match 3 puzzles games in this game and start restoring each of the buildings in the town. It seems a daunting task at first but trust me, once you get the hang of this game, you can play comfortably while enjoying your cup of coffee in your room.



On top of the game menu, there is a progress bar to state the power meter. Once that meter is filled, you will reach a super god-like mode where you can destroy many gemstones at one go. However, this usually depends on how many gems you have cleared. On the left hand side, there is a match combo counter. Each time, you clear a match combo, this count will increase and you will know you are reaching close enough to god-like mode. On the bottom menu of the game, there are separate counters for the coloured gems meaning how many coloured gems you have cleared in total. There are no hint buttons in this game. However, you can have certain power-ups like the hammer which can smash certain gems when you are stuck. These power-up upgrades are only available after you complete certain levels and they are usually limited once you used them. You got to wait for it to be refilled to use it again.


Each of the levels in the game represent a building or a structure like the bridge. You also get to play bonus stages after each normal game level is completed. However, to solve the bonus levels takes more than your usual game skills in Bejewelled. The lucky part is that you can skip the puzzles in the bonus levels if you are unable to solve them in the game.


Overall, this game gives the usual Match 3 games a twist by adding a story mode in the game. You get to learn more about the mysterious town once you start solving the puzzles. This gives the gamer more motivation to solve each of the puzzles and save the town from the hands of the Old Clockmaker. You can also see the Clockmaker walking up and down in the town as you are choosing which game levels to play. The game has its own unique set of spell-binding music that lets you feel the mystery surrounding the evil Clockmaker while you start playing the game.

You can unlock the full game by paying for it within the game itself on your Mac. The game is free for everyone to try. If you are game for the challenge, you can try this game in timed mode instead of the usual relaxed mode.

Graphics: 4.7 /5
Sound/Music: 4 / 5
Fun: 4 / 5
Addictiveness:  4 / 5
Value for money: 4 / 5
Overall:  4 / 5

You can download this Mac game here from Mac App Store.


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