Game Description: You have found the treasure in the middle of the ocean... in the heart of the old FORT. But before you pick up your treasures, you will have to destroy pirate ships who want to take your treasure. Do not let the pirates destroy the fort and take your treasures!

How to Play Fort:

  • Click the start button. On the next game screen, click Close.
  • Use your left mouse button to click on 2 adjacent objects that are in the same row or same column to attempt to swap their positions. (You may also attempt to swap their positons by dragging with your mouse).
  • The objects will only swap if there is a resulting match of 3 or more identical objects in-a-row.
  • On each level pirate ships will fire on your fort to try to destroy it.
  • You fire back at the pirate ships by making matches of 3 or more bombs.
  • Destroy all pirate ships before they destroy your fort to advance to the next level. (Each pirate ship has a red damage meter next to it. When this damage meter gets down to zero the ship is destroyed and will disappear from the game screen.)
  • Carefully watch the Damage meter on the left. This meter shows how much damage your fort has sustained. If it gets down to zero before you are able to destroy all pirate ships you lose... and the game is over!
  • Once the game ends, there seems to be no button that allows you to replay the game. At least none that I can find. So, you will need to refresh the page to play again.

Fort Game Options:
  • The game sounds may be turned on or off by clicking the musical note icon located on the left side of the game screen (just to the left of first game piece in the upper left corner of the board.)
  • The game may be paused at any time by clicking the Pause button.

Fort Playing Tips:
  • If you get stuck for a period of time, Fort will show you a random move by blinking two objects that are eligible for swapping. However, keep in mind this is just a random move. There could be other moves that are better.
  • Also, when you get stuck and absolutely cannot find a move, you can click the Pause button. When the game is paused you can still clearly see the game pieces even though they are dimmed. Take a little time to study the board. Another advantage is Fort will always, or almost always, show you an eligible move during the game pause. (Sometimes this may take a few seconds).
  • If you encounter a situation where there are no more moves remaining, Fort will let you know and immediately reset the board. Then, just continue play as usual.
  • Use strategy. Sometimes you will have to make matches of objects other than a bomb in order to move the bomb close enough, so you can then match that bomb with 2 other bombs.
  • Once you get to level 3 there will be two types of daggers. Some daggers have a design on their blades. Other daggers have a plain blade with no marking. Pay close attention to this because you can only make matches with identical daggers.
  • As you progress in the game you will find some objects are single-locked or double-locked. Locked pieces can only be unlocked if you can line up the locked object with two other identical unlocked objects to make a match of 3 or more. For a single-locked object only one such match is required to remove the lock. For a double-locked object the first such match will remove the first lock. A second such match will be required to remove the second lock. Once an object is completly unlocked it can be matched like any other object. The reason to unlock a bomb is obvious... so you can use it! But, perhaps a more important reason to unlock as many objects as you can is this. Locked objects clog up the board and it becomes harder and harder to get bomb matches. So, try to unlock as many objects as you can. But remember your main objective is to destroy the enemy pirate ships before they destroy your fort. You can win a level when locked objects remain locked. But unlocking them makes your task much easier. This is especially true on the higher levels where you will encounter many more single and double locked objects.

Richard's Rating: 3 out of 5.

Comments: If you are an experienced Match 3 player, you will find the lower levels rather easy. Just consider these a warm-up for the higher levels... where you will be challenged! If you are brand new to Match 3 play, you will probably find even the first level a challenge until you gain a bit of experience. Although the graphics are only average, at best, I still think that Fort is a nice game to play.

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