With over 223 million downloads, Gardenscapes is undoubtedly one of the most popular Match 3 games on mobile ever (along with its spin-off Homescapes) – and for good reasons! This Match 3 extravaganza from Playrix is not only easy to play, incredibly addicting and pleasant on the eyes, it also packs a ton of innovative features and originally pioneered the narrative-driven Match 3 format that is now widely popular today.
However, like all free-to-play games, it can be difficult to resist paying for upgrades and fast tracks when get frustrated by hard levels and long wait times. Whether you want to learn how to play Gardenscapes on iPhone, iPad or Android, this guide comes with four simple Gardenscapes tips and tricks that will help you beat the game levels fast while also save you some money!
Must-Know Gardenscapes Tips
Save and Use Power-Ups Boosters Strategically
More so than most Match 3 games, Gardenscapes are packed with challenging levels that can be difficult to beat. Thus, it is important to resist the urge to use power-ups immediately after you receive them but to save them and use them only on hard levels.
Gardenscapes power-ups include firecrackers, bombs, dynamites, rainbow blasts, and TNTs – they can only be earned through combo matches and in-game events and not available to purchase. They are super useful and so very precious, so at the beginning of each level, think carefully before using any of them and only save them for difficult levels if possible.
Do note that the game allows you to combine different power-ups for more explosive destruction. If two power-ups are near each other, try matching so that they are placed next to each other. Combined boosters are incredibly powerful, for example, combining two rainbow boosters will automatically clean up the first layer of the whole board – who doesn’t want that?
For maximum effect, in-game boosters like double bombs, shovels, and rakes should also be used strategically. These are often most useful when there is only a couple of moves left, but there is still a good chance of winning. Shovels and rakes are reliable last-resort life saviors.
Play Daily for Bonuses
If you want to become a master of Gardenscapes, then it is important to log-in every day to collect rewards. Gardenscapes daily rewards come in the form of a Lucky Spin, which is usually available at midnight your local time. The Lucky Spin includes prizes like coins, extra moves, hearts, power-ups, boosters, and if you are very lucky, a mysterious jackpot! This is an extremely easy way to win bonuses and these bonuses can help you pass hard levels if used wisely. So set a daily reminder or do what you got to do, but don’t forget to collect these free daily rewards!
Coins are also key to winning Gardenscapes. They can be purchased using real money as well as acquired in different ways; the daily spins, story tasks, neighbor gifts, mailbox messages and more. If you fail a level, spending coins can add five extra moves to the level and allows you to keep your winning streak. When you log-in each day, don’t forget to look out for any free coins as well!
Participate in Events
As much as Gardenscapes is known for its fun Match 3 levels, it is also known for its creative events and competitions! The game offers multiple time-limited events that you can complete solo, such as the Magic Hats and Treasure Hound events. With these two events, you simply need to maintain a winning streak to obtain extra power-ups, boosters or moves at the beginning of the next level.
If you feel a little more competitive, Gardenscapes also regularly hosts seasonal or group events. These events will put you in a league once you reach certain criteria and have you compete with other real-life players within the league for big rewards. Seasonal events are always exciting and fun with objectives vary by event. For example, The famous Fireworks Festival event moves you up the ranking as you make more explosions during the levels. The Bumper Crop event lets you make as many apple matches as you can to move up the leaderboard. 2020’s Lunar New Year event will give out a special currency, the Envelopes, which allows you to purchase exclusive decorations for your garden.
Be Careful with Moves
Gardenscapes is a limited-moves Match 3 game, which means you only have a limited number of moves to make each level. As opposed to limited-time Match 3 games, this makes each move extremely crucial in determining whether you pass a level or not. As mentioned, boosters and power-ups are incredibly helpful for tough levels so apart from trying to complete level objectives, you should also aim to match more than 3 tiles to create powerful power-ups.
If you ever find yourself stuck with seemingly no matches left to be made, just wait a couple of seconds and look for a sparkling hint that the game gives you. Last but not least, any moves left on a level will also convert to extra coins – so the best practice is to not waste them on silly matches.
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