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Genre: Quiz/Puzzle/Strategy :: Players: 1 :: Released: 27/6/06

Paris Hilton's Diamond Quest Review

Developer: Gameloft

Pros

Game Features

Rating/100

Extremely addictive gameplay
Plenty of levels and items to unlock
Great graphics and sound

Cons

Controls on the joystick are a little tricky
Suspend was a little dodgy for incoming calls

Sound
Vibration
Help
Save Option
Highscore
Suspend/Resume
Bus/Tube Friendly
See Compatible Handsets

94

Graphics

90

Sound

92

Controls

94

Playability

97

Lastability

95

Review Details
Handset Sony-Ericsson K600

Anannya Sen’s Review

Review Date: 27/6/06

A really addictive puzzle game which will have you coming back for more.


I must admit, I was as surprised as everyone else when Paris Hilton decided to bring out a mobile phone game. I had never really seen any of her series, The Simple Life, although I have seen a few of her home movies if you get my drift. Still, you have to hand it to her, she's turned herself into her own multi million dollar brand all by her lonesome. But a mobile phone game? About Paris Hilton? I was dreading to think what that would involve but I needn't have worried as her savvy business sense led her to ally herself with one of the best names in the business, namely Gameloft.

So with Gameloft developing and producing the game, and Paris' brand as the selling point, I felt comfortable in checking out the game. And I have to say it doesn't disappoint. Instead of a Get Rich or Die Tryin kind of game where Paris would have to hang out at parties and bling herself up while dissing Nicole Richie or Lindsey Lohan, Gameloft went for the tried and tested approach of a really solid puzzle game with fiendishly addictive gameplay.

If you have ever played Super Puzzle Fighter then you'll have a fairly good idea of what this game is about. You have a board of gems (obviously the sort that Paris is fairly well acquainted with) and you can use the D or key pad, (or even joystick on the K600) to move your pointer around and select a gem. You can only swap it with an adjacent gem if it completes a block of 3 or more gems in a line. If this is the case then the gems will vanish, the ones above will fall into their place and there will be some new gems at the top of the screen.

Sounding familiar? Well, you can also make combos if the gems that fall into the space make another line of 3 or more etc etc etc. And if you swap gems so that both disappear with respective lines of similar colours then you get some special types of gem fall down in the screen (and also if you create long blocks or make combos). These are explained in the help menu but they can eliminate all the gems of a certain colour on the board (this gem will change colour rapidly and you have to select it to eliminate all gems of that colour), or maybe a specific row, or change all gems adjacent to that colour etc etc.

That's the basic gist of the game but Gameloft has thrown a whole heap of modes and challenges in there.

First off the graphics are really great with the gems looking very vibrant and the pictures of Paris well detailed. The animation when the gems disappear or you finish a level is really slick and the look is very bling. Sound is quality too with a great tune on loading as well as mini tunes during the level when you finish it, get a combo or fail in your quest. There's also vibration when you are nearing the end of your time limit.

Controls are very simple and intuitive although I did seem to have trouble sometimes directing the joystick on my K600. The cursor jumped a bit so I moved with the stick and selected with the 5 key.

The playability is really really good. The object of the game is to make it through the levels and unlock things like pictures of Paris or trophies. The difficulty curve is really well designed and you will find yourself playing the game constantly to try to get to the next level or get a gold cup on a particular one. The Gem Quest mode has different objectives for each level, sometimes you have to reveal the word Paris which has the letters hidden underneath gems, other objectives include getting a certain number of points or a specific number of one type of gem before the time runs out, and flipping all the squares (when the gems disappear, the square underneath them flips). Also, there is a puzzle on each stage where you have to figure out the correct sequence to get rid of all the gems and for each level Paris either gives you words of encouragement if you fail or praise if you do well. In between stages you have to play a memory game and match similar pairs of gems on a grid to reveal a picture underneath. As you get further the games don't change but the requirements and time limits become harder (ie increased amount of money to get / gems to collect). When you get far enough in gem quest you unlock further mini games for you to get more trophies.

The game plays great and I couldn't put it down. Ignoring the cheat code which is in our hints section, I managed to get gold on all the levels in gem quest but it did take me quite a long time. The replay value is great as your profile is saved and so you can resume at any time or replay a specific level to try and improve your score. The variety of the objectives and the ease and intuitiveness of gameplay really help push the lastability. One small point to note though, is that even though the game suspends and resumes fine and is great to play on the bus, when playing it I had trouble if I had an incoming call. It took a while to suspend like that and sometimes I missed the call coming in. But this is a minor niggle and probably a handset problem rather than game problem.

It looks like Gameloft have done it again with an extremely enjoyable foray into the puzzle genre. Paris has backed a winner!