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Jewel Quest Heritage was available as a giveaway on March 30, 2019!

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Hit the trail with Rupert on a journey through the shrines and castles of Hernan Cortes' lore. Swap jewels and collect puzzle pieces to unravel a perplexing web of family history in Jewel Quest Heritage. The Golden Jewel Board has been confiscated by the government, and is being delivered to the evil Sebastian Grenard! Investigate long-buried family secrets in order to discover the truth and save the day!

System Requirements:

Windows XP/ Vista/ 7/ 8/ 10; CPU: 600 Mhz; RAM: 128 MB; DirectX: 6.0; Hard Drive: 135 MB





File Size:

129 MB



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Jewel Quest Heritage
In Brief
Jewel Quest Heritage is the fourth in the series and is a multi mode match three game.

Hit the trail with Rupert on a journey through the shrines and castles of Hernan Cortes' lore. Swap jewels and collect puzzle pieces to unravel a perplexing web of family history in Jewel Quest Heritage. The Golden Jewel Board has been confiscated by the government, and is being delivered to the evil Sebastian Grenard! Investigate long-buried family secrets in order to discover the truth and save the day!
Reference accessed HERE. 30th March 2019
Jewel Quest Heritage downloads to a 129 MB zip file that unzips to three files, (a setup.gcd security wrapper the set-up file and a read me). The game installs to the following path by default, but can be changed if you wish. The installed game is approximately 134 MB in size.
C:\Program Files (x86)\MyPlayCity.com\Jewel Quest Heritage
Four shortcuts are installed to the desktop; the shortcut to the game, plus three others ''Play Online Games, MyPlayCity Games and a shortcut to a free online game. These latter three shortcuts can be deleted once the game has been installed. The Themida wrapper may alert your security and even block the installation; there are details about this issue in the read me that unpacks from the downloaded zip file.

The Game:
In the aptly titled Jewel Quest: Heritage, Rupert’s arch-rival Sebastian Grenard has stolen the Golden Jewel Board, claiming it as a family heirloom. In order to prove that the board is rightfully his, Rupert must trace the origins of the Jewel Board all the way back to the Aztec Empire while investigating his own family tree to see how the history of the jewel board is intertwined with the lives of his own ancestors.
The fourth game in the gem-swapping match-3 series features the same core gameplay as its predecessors. The goal is to match three or more jewels to clear them from the board and turn the tiles below to gold. the board is complete when all the tiles are turned to gold before the allotted time limit runs out.
There are a couple of new board types this time around, including a Limited Jewels mode where there are only so many jewels available to complete the board before they stop appearing; and a Swap Mode where you have a limited number of moves (as well as a time limit) to complete a board, but may swap two jewels even if no match is created. There are 170 boards in total, and an Expert mode to unlock as well.

Where Jewel Quest III grouped the jewel boards into geographic regions, each of which introduced a new twist into the game play (such as ice blocks or evil monkey head jewels), Heritage takes a different approach by arranging the boards along a vast family tree that starts with Rupert’s daughter Natalie and goes backwards through hundreds of years of Rupert’s ancestors.
Each family member appears as an info card that gives some background about the person and a handful of puzzles to complete. For each jewel board completed you earn a puzzle piece that can be used to help unlock earlier ancestors – and new jewel boards.
The difficulty level on the jewel board challenges gradually increases the higher up you go on the family tree, with new twists regularly added into the mix like indestructible blocks, locked spaces, buried jewels and ice blocks. Board layouts become more fiendish and finicky too.
The family tree affords a more open-ended feel than the world map approach, given that you’re free to swap between family members (and, by extension, different board types and characteristics) as long as you’ve found the necessary puzzle pieces to unlock them. In other words, if Swap Puzzles aren’t your favorite type of board, for example, you aren’t necessarily stuck playing five of them in a row; you can leave them and try one of the other character’s boards.

Both the Swap and Limited Jewels boards are interesting variations that work well in the Jewel Quest context. The story is presented in voice-over for the first time, which is another small but nice touch.
However, Jewel Quest: Heritage isn’t wholly satisfying for a few reasons. First and foremost, the story is dull. The premise of tracing the jewel boards through history and delving into Aztec lore sounds quite intriguing, but in reality you’ll be exploring a lot of museums and musty old castles, talking to archivists, curators, maids and other less-than-thrilling personalities who rarely have anything interesting to say. I’m usually genuinely interested in reading a game’s dialogue, but this time I eventually became thankful for the Skip button.
Also, while tricky gameplay and strict time limits that don’t cut the player any slack are both hallmarks of the Jewel Quest series, Jewel Quest: Heritage seems to take them to a new extreme. The time limits, for example, often seemed just a little too severe. More than once I found myself just one move away from clearing a board only to have time run out right before I could click on the final move. Often this was a result of having to wait for a cascade of matches that I had unwittingly triggered to finish moving.
Having a time limit at all seems like overkill in Swap mode, too, since you’re already working under the restriction of having a limited number of moves. It might have been nice to have just one mode where you could just relax and think strategically instead of constantly racing against the clock. Another annoyance that caused me to restart more than once was that if the game thinks you have no more moves left in Swap mode it will automatically activate your Specials (a power-up that allows you to click on any square on the board and turn it Gold). The catch? There would still be moves left that the game, for some reason, just didn’t see.
If you want a real challenge and a game that won’t hold your hand, a game with some serious longevity that you’ll be able to pick at for weeks and weeks, then give Jewel Quest: Heritage a try. Make no mistake, you will get frustrated, but in some ways it makes it all the more satisfying when you finally vanquish that particularly irksome jewel board.
Reference accessed HERE. Originally posted by Erin Bell on Dec 11, 30th March 2009, re-posted by Whiterabbit-uk 2019
Jewel Quest Heitage has some enjoyable new modes. The flexible format enables you to switch between different game-play types. There's a large number of levels to play through, plus there's an expert mode that's initially locked for those who like the difficulty ramped up..
Time limits can be too short, especially in swap mode, leading to having to replay the level, sometimes more than once.

Videos of Jewel Quest Heritage:
You can see several in-game videos of game play HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE & HERE.
After you've had an opportunity to play today's giveaway please take a few moments to give some positive or negative feedback; for example, what you liked or disliked about the game, or how it could be improved. If you don't like the genre at all, please explain why and if any, what improvements would change your mind? If you don't have time to post a comment today, please do so at your convenience, thank you. If you wish to post a review or comment about the game later, you can access the comments section by going to the game giveaways home page, then scroll to the bottom of the page where it says Archives and select the date the giveaway was live (giveaway days are in bold type). This will open the appropriate page for you to post your comment or review. Alternatively, you can google the name of the game and include Gamegiveawayoftheday in the search. This should give you a list of links to whenever this game was given away.

If you miss today's game giveaway you can always get the game free via MyPlayCity HERE; or If you prefer to purchase the game you can get it HERE via Big Fish Games.
Problems getting the game to work:
If you're having problems installing or activating or getting Jewel Quest Heritage to work please visit the FAQ's Thread HERE and read through the communities comments because sometimes fixes have already been posted, for example, a common issue seen since the Themida wrapper was introduced three years ago is that some community members installation of the game are blocked by their security because Themida code has been known to hide malware, (usually an error message is flagged for example 'The executable is corrupted' even though in reality it is not); so as a precaution some anti malware programs will block and even delete the suspect installation files even though the files (i.e. the setup, read me and setup.gcd files are actually totally free from malware. This issue can be solved either by rebooting your computer in safe mode with networking or a quicker method is to temporarily turn off your security software to allow the installation. You could also try white-listing the setup.gcd file. In the almost 12 years this game giveaway site has been operating there has 'never' been a game given away that was infected with malware.

If for any reason you want to contact the giveaway team, for example, you have a game to offer the community, or are unable to download the latest game or other issues that the FAQ's thread or these comments don't cover or solve you can do so HERE
I'd like to take this opportunity to thank MyPlayCity for giving away Jewel Quest Heritage and also to the game giveaway team, as always, for securing other ways to get free games.
Useful Information not related to today's game giveaway:
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The rest of the information that used to be posted in the game review can be found in the forums HERE. Finally, check out Delenns threads for details of other free games and offers HERE and elsewhere in the game discussion forums HERE, (usually on the first page of the game discussion forums). The free game over at Epic Games is Oxenfree a supernatural thriller about a group of friends who unwittingly open a ghostly rift, ( worth £14.99/$19.99/€19.99). Oxenfree ends April 4th, where a new game called The Witness will be given away. Indie Gala have just added Memoranda to their free games list, plus another 20 free games in their recently added showcase section that includes adventure, RPG, Simulation, strategy and casual games i.e. Memetown USA, The Great Story of a Mighty Hero, Camp Sunshine, Five Nations, False Birth, GOR - Gorilla Office Rampage, Home is where Chip is, Age of Fear: The Free World, Die Legende von Saya: Befehl aus der Dunkelheit - (The Legend of Saya: Command from the Dark), What Never Was, The Last Humans: Awakening, Childhood, Dunwell, Safe Not Safe, Hi Hotel, Bugs Must Die, Cuadradito y Circulito, Hellino, Hovership Havoc and Wake Up , or you can find them all HERE. Finally, there are some excellent bargains on sale via Steam HERE.

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Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+18)

Plays ok Windows 10 x64 Pro but I'm stuck on the first one of tutorials in its third level where there's just half of the play field. Can't seem to clear to all golds. Best was one square on top of that lower half still not gold. Reset level about 6 times using various squares but never seem to catch a break regarding what games feeds to drop down. Often run out of drop downs anyway. Oh well I'll leave it for a day or two. Thanks.

Reply   |   Comment by beergas  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

beergas, So once figured out the logic/speed elements to game it does whip along. In the mother part you'll begin to see more people in the family tree (that's more levels ahead). Helps to get the 3 coins in a row bonus offer that let's you nail that one naggy cell. I had 3 bonus early on and saw them vanish as began next level. That's unlike the Aztec type where you can build up bonuses as carryovers. Timer does require some strategy like getting the bottom cells right away. Click fast & hit Menu if need intra game break. All in all very nice for fans.

Reply   |   Comment by beergas  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

This game is an interesting twist to this genre. I've played it many times over the years. I've never been able to finish it however, but it's not because the game is uninteresting, it's because I have a short attention span. You don't have to be a genealogist to play or know anything about genealogy for the game to be solved, just patience.

Reply   |   Comment by Deborah1962  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Link only gives me a 404 error page

Reply   |   Comment by Brenda  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

TWO Jewel Quests in a week - one with a family history slant? WHEEEEE!!!

Best birthday present I've had this year. Thanks! I'm off to play . . .


Reply   |   Comment by Basilica  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

I like match 3 games, but I hate the endless narratives that you must click through on some of them. This is one such game.
The play is interesting enough, but I ran into an issue. On one level I ran out of time right before making the last move that would have won me the level. OK, no big deal, I'll just play it over. The only problem is, when I clicked the replay button, the game crashed. I don't know if this is a common issue, or a one time one, so I will have to play again to see if it happens on other boards.

Reply   |   Comment by Joe  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

Thank you for your feedback Joe. Definitely annoying, especially when you were about to complete, then for it to crash, grrrr.

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

OK, I played other levels on other boards and the only crash I had was on Emma Swimmingly, board 2.

Reply   |   Comment by Joe  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Would not let me open and down load. Said it was corrupt when downloaded from here.

Reply   |   Comment by rgaige  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)


Hi rgaige
Some security software will block the installation of a giveaway due to the Themida wrapper because it can also be used to hide malware. For this reason, some anti-malware suites will block the installation of anything wrapped in a Themida code and sometimes even delete the contents of the wrapper. Some community members have been having this issue ever since the wrapper was included back in 2013.
There are three things you can do to get the game installed.
1) ... Reboot your computer in safe mode with networking, install the game, then reboot as normal.
2) ... White-list the giveaway files with your security software.
3) ... Temporarily turn off your security, install the game, then reboot your security.
The giveaway team have been giving games away since Dec 2006 and have never given away a game infected with malware. Although turning off your security isn't something most community members like to do, it's the quickest way to get the game installed. It's extremely unlikely doing this will impact your computer negatively so long as you remeber to turn the security back on, but you will get the game installed.

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

Whiterabbit-uk, why not remove the Themida Wrapper? You're aware it's causing probler, so remove the problem.

Reply   |   Comment by Maxine Sheehan  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

Maxine Sheehan,

Hello Maxine, the wrapper was added because some community members were hacking the original giveaways. They were meant to only be available on the day of the giveaway, but some clever members figured a way to rip the original game from the giveaway version. These then started to appear on peer to peer sites, which didn't please the developers who were giving the games away. So the Themida wrapper was added to stop that.

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

The few of these I have played and enjoyed, it was for getting an interesting story over the length of the game. Even so, at a point, I just get tired of the increasing difficulty of the board shapes and the time restraints. Since this one doesn't seem to have an engaging story, today's offer is not for me.

Thanks to the team for keeping good stuff coming and to Mr. Whiterabbit for the review. Always appreciated. Cheers.

Reply   |   Comment by Dana  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)


Hi Dana, So do I (regarding the increasing difficulty). I have many match threes that have never been completed due mainly to timed levels, where I, after tying several times, just cannot complete in time. They should always include a no timed mode for slow coaches like me in such games. :)

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)

Whiterabbit-uk, Agree 100%. I'm not a rapid pattern recognition kind of person for match 3's - better at patience style games, lol. That's why I like HOGs as usually they're not time constrained. The Ravenhearst series was one I loved in spite of the timed puzzles - they were difficult but the stories were good and worth the effort.

Right now, I've detoured to Devil May Cry (first game), until I can get a new computer. Been doing some thinking and researching. We can chat more about that in Steam whenever you have a free few minutes. ^_^ Cheers.

Reply   |   Comment by Dana  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Kann mich der Kritik nur anschließen. Warum nicht auch in deutscher Sprache?

Reply   |   Comment by SRT  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)


Hallo SRT,
Die Seite wurde immer in englischer Sprache betrieben, obwohl es sich um ein von Russland finanziertes Projekt (in den USA) handelt. Es wäre großartig, wenn die Website mehrsprachige Spiele anbieten könnte. Für mich würde es mir die Möglichkeit geben, endlich eine Sprache zu lernen oder zumindest das Deutsch aufzufrischen, das ich Mitte bis Ende der 70er Jahre gelernt habe. Ich wollte seit Jahren wieder Deutsch lernen (nachdem ich drei Jahre in meinen späten Teenager / frühen 20ern gelebt habe).

Leider lebte ich in einer englischen Enklave und beherrschte die Sprache nie vollständig. Ich konnte mich beim Besuch von Geschäften und an anderen Orten zurechtfinden, wurde aber nie vollkommen kompetent. Als ich vor etwa 18 Jahren nach über 20 Jahren Abwesenheit in Berlin war, konnte ich mich immer noch mit meinem begrenzten Deutsch auseinandersetzen und habe es immer bereut, die Sprache nicht beherrscht zu haben. Ich habe ein paar Deutschkurse, einige deutsche Romane und Comics, mehrere Wörterbücher und eine Reihe deutscher Enzyklopädien aus den späten 1930er Jahren. Da es sich in erster Linie um eine faule Person handelt, die nicht täglich mit jemandem Deutsches zu tun hat und zu viele andere Dinge zu tun sind, ist es nicht einfach, eine Sprache zu lernen.

Gibt es keine deutschen Websites, die kostenlose deutsche Spiele anbieten? Lesen Sie bitte auch meine Antwort an Klaus. Einige Spiele haben deutsche Sprachpakete, daher ist es möglich, die Spiele auf Deutsch zu spielen.


Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Whiterabbit-uk, wieso ist Ihr Deutsch nicht kompetent? Ihre Ausführungen sind doch so perfekt, dass sie manchen deutschen Kommentator (auch in anderen Foren) in den tiefsten Schatten stellen. Respekt. Ich finde, so ein Lob sollte man auch mal anbringen.
Danke und viele Grüße.

Reply   |   Comment by Lutz  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)


Ich verließ Deutschland (Krefeld) 1979. Abgesehen von einem kurzen Besuch in Berlin im Jahr 2005 habe ich die Sprache überhaupt nicht geübt (obwohl ich beabsichtigt habe (was ich durch meine Sammlung von Lernhilfen, Wörterbüchern usw. beweisen kann) kuriose Gespräche, wenn wir deutsche Touristen im Urlaub treffen, wir planen jedoch, Hamberg in Kürze zu besuchen, um meinen Schwager und meine Schwester zu besuchen.


Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Ich würde mich freuen, wenn Ihr mal Spiele mit Deutscher Sprache anbieten würdet. Ansonsten sind sie für mich unbrauchbar

Reply   |   Comment by klaus_w  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)


Hallo Klaus,

Einige Spiele enthalten Sprachpakete. Sie müssen also nur das entsprechende Paket in den Hauptordner kopieren (allerdings müssen Sie zuerst die englischen Versionen (EN) löschen). Wenn die Giveaway-Version kein Sprachpaket enthält. Laden Sie eine Demo von einer deutschen Arcade-Site herunter, installieren Sie diese an einem anderen Ort als die Giveaway-Version, und kopieren Sie dann das deutsche Sprachpaket von der Demo (vorausgesetzt es hat eines) zur Giveaway-Version.

Wenn dies nicht möglich ist, können Sie auch versuchen, sich an den Entwickler oder Händler zu wenden, um herauszufinden, ob es eine deutsche Version oder Dateien gibt, die das Spielen des Spiels auf Deutsch ermöglichen. Im Laufe der Jahre habe ich viele Entwickler mit Queires kontaktiert und manchmal haben sie mir Kopien ihrer Spiele gegeben.


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