Tips & Tricks to Playing Matchington Mansion
Is Matchington Mansion getting too frustratingly difficult for you? Puzzle games aren’t really known for being hand-holdy since they test the player’s innate ability to solve a problem using the resources they have. Luckily, every puzzle has a specific formula and it only takes a little bit of knowledge and understanding of how to play games like these to become familiar with its gameplay instantly. Matchington Mansion is no exception and players will be able to master it easily.
The game has so many ways to make the levels difficult so we recommend you read up on our Objectives Guide and Power-ups Guide to help you get familiar with the advanced strategies that you need to know about. Those articles pretty much explain most of the tactics that you need to succeed but there are some things that aren’t explained. This guide will introduce some tips and tricks not only for the puzzle but for the general gameplay that you’ll have in Matchington Mansion.
Study the Grid
The first thing that a player should do in any match-3 game is to study the grid first. Determine all the combinations that you can do at the start of the game, understand the weak points of the obstacles around the board, and plan ahead depending on the given objectives. Only after doing all that should a player do their first move so that they don’t miss out on doing a combo move or creating a bomb just because they opted to immediately match the first combination they saw when the game started.
Combo moves, which are combinations that trigger as an effect of your previous move, save you move limits. When playing on a bigger grid, be careful when choosing to combine pieces at the top or bottom grid. Bottom grids tend to trigger combo moves more often so it’s generally a good idea to do more actions here. However, if you have objectives at the top grid, it may not be a good idea to start from the bottom because you might place yourself in a situation that’s hard to come out of.
Combine Bombs Together!
Combining moves together is the best way to conserve move limits because this creates a large explosion that helps collect objectives and break apart obstacles easily. It may not be easy to do this since it’s not simple to spawn two firecrackers or bombs near each other but if you’re able to plan ahead, you can make solving puzzles easier. Whenever you have the chance, don’t be afraid to combine bombs together and let out a large explosion that will surely increase your chances of finishing the level.
Needless to say, players need to keep in mind the positioning of the bomb they’re detonating. Detonating a bomb in a place where it doesn’t really hit anything is a complete waste of a move. There are so many things to fix the positioning of your bomb such as matching pieces below it or by using the Glove tool. Although, if moving the bomb might use up too many of your moves, it might be better of that you leave it alone and try to achieve other things instead and hope that you move those firecrackers indirectly in the process.
Recommended moves are shown in the game as hints for the player when they don’t perform an action for a few seconds. These recommended moves will show the “best” possible action for the player to do so that they don’t remain idle in the game. However, recommended moves are more like the devil’s temptations as they may sound appealing but there’s nothing good that comes out from doing them most of the time and are often just ways to help the player fix the board a little bit.
Recommended moves are bad for one reason – they don’t take objectives into consideration. Oftentimes, a recommended move will suggest a combination that doesn’t even help with the objectives or gets rid of an obstacle. If you’re a player, it’s highly suggested that you ignore recommended moves and always study the board. Unfortunately, there’s no way to remove this feature in the game. You can consider doing a recommended move but only after you studied other options.
Once in a while, Matchington Mansion will reward the player with bonuses such as unlimited hearts for X minutes. While you have this bonus active, it’s highly recommended that the player play as many levels as possible and not spend gold or power-ups. Whenever you think that the level will fail, simply reset the game and start over since you have unlimited lives anyway. In addition, it’s a good idea to set aside progressing in the story since it consumes precious time from the bonus.
The game also provides other bonuses when you opt to watch an ad at the beginning of the game or after. While a lot of people are turned off by watching ads, it’s always a good idea to set aside some of your time to get these bonuses since they can be extremely useful. Once you progress enough in the game, there will be special levels that are labeled “Very Hard” and so on that you might want to consider watching ads for the power-ups on those levels to help you out.
Join a Team
Teams are Matchington Mansion’s version of a Guild. There’s a lot of benefit for the player to join a team since this feature allows players to participate in additional events, gain awesome rewards, and have a more social aspect in their gameplay. Once you’ve unlocked the Team System, it’s a good idea to start looking for a team that has active members and are looking for people that have the same interests as them.
Joining an inactive team can be stressful since your members won’t be contributing to the event tasks, meaning you won’t have as much rewards at the end. Always look for teams that are highly active, which you can determine if they have a lot of requirements or when they respond to chats that you send. Once you’ve found the perfect team, be active and friendly so that the veteran members will help you out more often.