Matchington Mansion – A Guide to Obstacles & Objectives
Learning about obstacles and objectives in Matchington Mansion is the first step in being good at completing puzzles in the game. Once you’ve mastered the fundamental tactics, you’ll be able to breeze through the remaining levels as if you’ve already played a hundred of these games before. Puzzles are the most challenging types of games because it takes a lot of brainpower to crack the code but one thing that they all have in common is that they follow a specific pattern that makes it easier to solve.
Matchington Mansion tries to be creative in its levels by adding different mechanics as the players completes more and more puzzles. It’s impossible to explain each type of puzzle that the game has without the article getting ridiculously long so we’ll just explain the general things you need to know about obstacles and objectives.
Basic objectives refer to the pieces on the grid that can be used to match with other pieces of the same color. Collecting them is done by matching 3 or more of the same color or by exploding a firecracker or bomb nearby. There’s really nothing much to explain about basic objectives since they don’t really offer that much of a challenge but there are still some things that players often do that they shouldn’t.
As you get to the higher levels of the game, you start having fewer move limits. This is why when you’re trying to get basic objectives, you don’t generally do it alone. Collecting basic objectives is generally done indirectly. For example, when you’re trying to break down layers of obstacles, you use pieces that match your basic objectives so that you always do two tasks at the same time.
Obstacle objectives are a little tricky because they are both something you need to collect and get rid of so that your progress in completing the puzzle isn’t interrupted. This is the most common objective in the game because it can’t be completed without the player thinking outside the box. There are different types of obstacle objectives that players need to collect and they are often inserted together to make your life extremely difficult.
When dealing with obstacle objectives or obstacles, in general, it’s a good idea to find the best point to do it from. Not all parts of an obstacle need to be destroyed, which is something that people that have compulsive tendencies always do. You can always leave parts of the obstacle intact as long as it doesn’t affect the fact that you still have ways to collect other objectives around the grid.
Types of Firecrackers
Firecrackers and their variants in other games are probably the most important part of any match-3 game because they allow players to save a lot of their moves and collect a lot of objectives in the process. Knowing when to use these explosives in the game and how they work is essential to planning ahead in the game. Remember that the best way to use any of these explosives is always to match them together to make a larger explosion in the process.
The regular firecracker is done by matching 4 pieces together in a 2×2 cube shape. This is the weakest firecracker in-game since it only explodes in a 1 block cross shape which doesn’t really do much unless you want to get rid of one or two objectives nearby quickly. It’s never a good idea to waste your moves trying to create this explosive unless it will have a big impact on the board.
When using regular firecrackers, it’s better to detonate them secondarily via the effect of a larger firecracker on the grid so that you don’t waste a move. You’re better off using your move to match-3 basic pieces instead of using one regular firecracker most of the time since it has a bigger impact on the board.
Rocket Firecrackers are done by matching together 4 tiles in a straight line. Depending on the direction of the piece you inserted came from, your rocket firecracker will spawn facing that specific direction. This firecracker collects all pieces and destroys a layer of obstacle in a line parallel to its orientation. This is extremely useful when trying to destroy obstacle walls or trying to collect a single line filled with objectives.
When using rocket firecrackers, it’s always a good idea to aim it at the inner-most line of an obstacle wall to allow your pieces to pass through. It’s also a good idea to try and aim it in a way that it can hit other firecrackers on the grid. Before trying to form a rocket firecracker, try to plan ahead so that you have an idea which orientation you want it to spawn.
Big Firecrackers are done by matching together 5 tiles in an L or T shape. This type of firecracker has the most firepower among the firecrackers and explodes in a large radius. Matching this firecracker with an additional big firecracker will increase the radius even more and double the explosion to destroy multiple layers of obstacles.
Despite the 5-tile requirement to craft this firecracker, it’s actually really easy to craft this on your grid. Detonate it in a strategic area that affects as many objectives and obstacles as possible on your board. It doesn’t take rocket science to understand where’s the best place to set it off so just go ham when using it.
Rainbow bombs are the final type of explosive and are done by matching together 5 pieces in a straight line. This explosive collects all the same-colored pieces on the board that it is matched with. If it is matched together with another rainbow bomb, it will instead collect all the pieces on the board and destroy one layer of obstacles.
The best way to use a rainbow bomb is either to help you collect one of the objectives or to choose a piece that is abundantly placed nearby obstacles. This is the most impactful explosive in the game so it really needs a bit of thought when using it so take your time to study the board before you set it off.