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Around the World in 80 Days

Game Description: Your job is to assist Phileas Fogg and his servant Jean Passepartout, and help them get around the world in 80 days.

Notice: This free online version of Around the World in 80 Days only includes the first 18 days of the journey (England and France.) To complete the entire journey it would require the full version, which I am unable to offer on my website due to licensing restrictions. I appreciate your understanding about this... Richard.

How to Play Around the World in 80 Days: Don't worry if you do not understand all of the rules listed below. The game introduces each new element very slowly and explains things in great detail so it is very easy to understand.

  • Swap adjacent tiles to make matches of 3 or more.
  • For all levels, except for levels 8 and 18, you goal is to drive all of the item pieces to the bottom of the game field by getting rid of the tiles underneath them.
  • For level 8 (England) and 18 (France) your goal is to open the entire stamp under the game field. You do this by making matches of 3 or more over every single tile to reveal the stamp. The level is completed when the entire stamp is open.
  • The clock shows how much time you have left to complete each level.
  • You begin the game with 3 lives. You lose a life each time you fail to complete a level.
  • By matching 4 tiles or more, you recharge and upgrade the power-ups that will help you free the way for the item pieces or help you to open up the stamps (on levels 8 and 18).
  • To collect bonuses, free them through the bottom of the game field. The hourglass bonus, for instance, will add time to the clock giving you more time to complete the level.
  • Many times between levels, the game will ask if you want to 'Download' or 'Continue'. Sometimes it will ask if you want to 'Download' or 'Play'. Always select 'Continue' or 'Play' to continue playing for free here on Richard's Game Reviews. Do not select 'Download' unless you want to buy the game.
  • If you are in the middle of a game, and you must leave, Around the World in 80 Days should automatically save your game here on Richard's Game Reviews. You should then be able to come back and resume your game right where you left off. Although I cannot guarantee that your game will save, it has been my experience so far that it will always do so.

Around the World in 80 Days Game Options:
  • To pause the game, and take a break, click the "eye" icon located just to the left of the word 'Menu' near the upper right corner of the game screen. To resume your game, click anywhere on the game screen.
  • You may skip the dialogue, but the dialogue adds so much pleasure to the game I don't know why you would ever want to. The narration and dialogue are the glue that holds everything together. They tell a wonderful story as you progress in this enchanting adventure.

Around the World in 80 Days Playing Tips:
  • Just remember your goals. For all levels, except for levels 8 and 18, your goal is to free the item pieces by driving them to the bottom of the game screen before the clock runs out. For levels 8 and 18 there are no item pieces. For these two levels your goal is to open the entire stamp under the game field by making a match over every tile. On level 18 you will also have to deal with locked pieces which require more than one match.
  • Use the power-ups to help you free the way for the item pieces or to help you open the stamp (on levels 8 or 18). The power-ups are special tools you can use to destroy tiles without having to make additional matches. You will see the power-ups located near the lower left corner of the game screen. There are four different power-ups you can use. There is the Hammer, Telsa's Hammer, Bomb, and Fireball. The first power-up you will see, at the beginning of each level, is the Hammer although it cannot be used just yet. Like all power-ups it must be charged up first. By making matches of 4 or more you can charge up each power-up and even upgrade to a more powerful power-up. As you make matches of 4 or more watch the green line of the Hammer. Each time you make a match of 4 or more you will hear a sound effect and the line will go higher. When the line reaches the top of the circle you will hear a different sound effect signaling that the Hammer is ready to be used. Click on the Hammer. Then click on any unlocked tile to destroy it. Or click on any locked tile to remove one of the locks. If you decide not to use the Hammer when it is ready, and you continue to make matches of 4 or more the Hammer will become an even more powerful tool named the Telsa's Hammer. Click on the Telsa's Hammer. Then, click on any tile and the Telsa's Hammer will destroy every unlocked tile on the board of the same color. (If some of the tiles are locked it will remove one lock from each tile of that color.) Should you decide not to use the Telsa's Hammer and continue to make matches of 4 or more the Telsa's Hammer becomes an even more powerful tool named a Bomb. Click on the Bomb. Then click on any tile to destroy a wide section of tiles. Finally, if you decide not to use the Bomb when it is ready and continue to make matches of 4 or more the Bomb will become a Fireball. Click on the Fireball. Then click on any tile to destroy many tiles in many directions. The point is, by making a lot of matches of 4 or more you will be able to use the power-ups several times during a level. Using the power-ups makes it much easier to complete a level, and can easily make the difference of weather or not you are able to make it through a level.
  • Some tiles are locked. A locked tile looks like it has chains on it. A tile can be single locked or double locked. To unlock a single locked tile you must include it in a match of 3 or more. This will unlock the tile but not destroy it. Then, you must match it a second time to destroy it. A double locked tile requires one additional match. The first match will remove one of the locks. The second match will remove the second lock. And the third match will destroy the tile and remove it from the board. It is important to unlock as many of the locked tiles as you can because if you don't they will clog up the board and it can become very difficult to get the item pieces to the bottom.
  • According to the help instructions there are three types of bonuses you can collect. To collect bonuses free them through the bottom of the game field just like you do for the item pieces. The hourglass bonus earns you more time on the clock. (There are two other bonuses shown in the instructions. One looks like a sack of money. The other looks like a heart. I am not sure what these are for because, frankly, I have not seen them. Perhaps they are only in the full version of the game and not in the trial version I have here? Anyway, rest assured, if you do see them try to get them through the bottom of the game field because they will definitely be something good).
  • Complete a level quickly to earn a time bonus.
  • Sometimes when you get stuck for a period of time Around the World in 80 Days will suggest a move by showing a sparkling effect. This is just a suggested random move. Look around. You may find something better.

Richard's Rating: 5 out of 5.

Comments: Around the World in 80 Days is wonderful! It has just about everything you could possibly want from a match 3 game. There are beautiful graphics, music and sound effects along with a very engaging story (based on the Jules Verne Victorian classic novel of the same name). And, of course, challenging puzzles. If you are a match 3 fan, you will absolutely love this game!








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