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What is Match-3 for Windows?

Match-3 is a casual game genre that is nothing short of iconic. Since its conception in the late 20th century, it has undergone some major changes, but Match-3 games still remain a highly popular and fun type of puzzle both for mobile players who enjoy their games on the go and for PC players who prefer to play on a Windows computer.

Usually, modern Match-3 games feature different color tiles in a square grid on the screen. Each turn, the player selects one of the tiles and switches its place with an adjacent tile in such a way that a combination of 3 or more same-color tiles is made, hence the name Match-3. After that, the newly formed combo disappears, allowing new tiles to fall down from the top of the screen. This goes on until all level objectives are met or the player runs out of moves/time. The mechanics are so simple yet so engaging that Match-3 has become one of the most popular entry-level genres for gamers of all ages and walks of life. 

Another reason for the popularity of these puzzles is that players are free to set the gaming time limits themselves. Your play session can be as short as just a few minutes while you're grabbing your morning coffee, or it can be as long as several hours if you've decided to dedicate a whole evening to blasting through a bunch of levels.

Last but not least, most quality Match-3 games, and all of G5's games in this category, offer an exciting storyline to follow as you tackle the increasing difficulty of the puzzles. Meet cute and charming characters, confront sinister villains, and help set things right, whether you're roaming the deserts of Egypt, building a pirate resort in the Caribbean, or exploring the plots of your favorite books! G5's assortment of Match-3 titles for PCs running Windows has a lot to offer for players of any taste. You can find more details about each game in this category below. 

 

Why should you download Match-3 games?

There are several ways to enjoy amazing G5 games on your PC, but using the proprietary G5 Launcher is by far the best one out there. Let's discuss why. 

First of all, the G5 Launcher is a convenient and easy way to navigate the whole catalog of games, whether they're Match-3 or of any other genre, like Hidden Object Games, where you need to search for specific items in pictures, Mahjong games where you find pairs or matching tiles, or card games like solitaire. All of these are at your fingertips and just a click away in the G5 Launcher. 

Second, the G5 Launcher offers better stability and performance compared to playing online through your browser. Sure, you'll spend a few minutes downloading and installing the games you want, but the benefits will last you forever. All the essential game data will be stored on your PC, so issues with internet connection won't affect you that much. You'll also see an increase in the smoothness of animation regardless of the game you're playing.

Finally, one of the biggest advantages of going through the G5 Launcher to get your Match-3 fix (or satisfy any other gaming need) is the incredible amount of freebies, bonuses, and special deals you get access to. Since the G5 Launcher is developed and produced by our in-house studios, we can implement the most lucrative offers in it, giving Windows PC players a real competitive edge compared to other platforms. Bonuses include in-game currencies, premium items, and unique boosters. The specific sales and discount values differ from game to game, but you can be 100% sure that G5 Launcher deals are the best ones out there, and they appear with unmatched frequency. Just check them out and see for yourself!

 

Is it free to play?

All of G5's titles are free-to-play (also known as F2P), meaning that you won't need to spend any real money to advance in the game or to prolong your access to in-game content. All content is available for free!

If you wish to progress faster and take shortcuts when completing levels, there are a few special items and boosters that can be purchased to do so. However, these are by no means mandatory. It's up to you how to approach gameplay and whether you want to soar through hundreds of levels at an incredible pace or take it one step at a time and enjoy a more relaxed ride. Also, many of the so-called premium boosters and items can be acquired in the game without spending money just by completing special quests and collections or by participating in time-limited events.

In short, G5 Match-3 games are free and can be enjoyed without investing money for an unlimited time, yet if you wish to tailor the experience to your own needs, there are in-app purchases that will allow you to do so.

 

Mechanics

Match-3 puzzle games are easy to understand and incredibly addictive. Your main goal is to create groups of three or more matching tiles. You do this by swapping tiles next to each other on a grid. When you make these groups, they disappear, and new tiles fall from the top. Sometimes, making matches sets off a highly satisfying chain reaction. If you manage to match more than three tiles, you get special power-ups that add depth and strategy to the game. These combinations are what make Match-3 games so enjoyable.

 

Obstacles:

Match-3 games have obstacles that make it harder to match tiles. Some common obstacles include locked tiles that need specific matches to unlock or ice blocks that need several nearby matches to melt and 'free' the tile underneath. Removing these obstacles is often part of the level objectives that players need to fulfill to advance in the game. 

 

Tools:

Match-3 games offer a vast arsenal of power-ups and tools to help you with tricky and challenging levels. These items can clear large grid sections, shuffle tiles, or give you extra moves. The power-ups usually fit the game's theme, like dynamite in a Wild West-themed game will turn into a plasma explosion in a space exploration game. Using these tools wisely to beat difficult levels and get high scores in competitions adds a layer of strategy and excitement to the game.

 

Collections:

Many Match-3 games have a collection mechanic where you need to gather specific items during your journey. Once you complete a collection, you get special rewards, move the story forward, and feel a great sense of achievement. This feature encourages you to explore the game more and replay levels to finish your collections, making the game last longer and making the experience even more satisfying.

 

Main rules

In this genre, game titles all stick to a simple set of rules. You move things next to each other on a grid to make groups of three or more of the same tiles. When you do this, those groups disappear, and new ones fall down. The main aim is to meet level goals, such as getting a certain score or clearing particular tiles.

 

The Best Match-3 Games for Windows

Sherlock

Embark on a thrilling adventure with the iconic detective Sherlock Holmes and his trusty sidekick, Dr. Watson! Classic tales like Snow White and Alice in Wonderland are being tampered with, wreaking havoc in books and our world. Your mission is to restore these stories to their original way and solve a truly bizarre and mysterious case.

 

Jewels of Rome

Ever dreamed of stepping back into ancient Rome? Become a Prefect in charge of a struggling town, uncover the reasons behind its decline, and lead its people to prosperity through wise choices and solving mysteries.

 

Jewels of the Wild West

Head to Colinstown, a frontier town along the dusty trails of the Wild West in desperate need of help. Face bandits, rebuild the town through match-three challenges, and aid its charming residents in reclaiming their prosperity in the land of the free.

 

Jewels of Egypt

Immerse yourself in ancient Egypt while rebuilding a settlement in the Nile Delta. Navigate court intrigues, search for your lost sister, and enjoy a streamlined adventure with a rich story and plenty of match-three fun.

 

Crime Mysteries

Venture into the City of Angels, Los Angeles, with detectives Cache and Blunt. Solve sinister cases across iconic landmarks, gather evidence, and ensure criminals face justice. Crime has no chance when passionate professionals like yourself are on the case! 

 

Survivors

Experience the excitement of being stranded on a mysterious island at sea. Explore, gather resources, build shelter, and form bonds with the island's inhabitants. Equipped with nothing more than a torch and a bottle of water, embark on a journey into the unknown, where every discovery is a step toward survival.

 

The Hidden Treasures

Ahoy, matey! Set sail with Captain Aimee and her charming crew on a thrilling pirate adventure. Uncover family secrets in the Caribbean, choosing between hidden objects or match-three challenges every step of the way, and make sure the nasty pirates don't get their hands on your family's heritage before you do.

 

Hawaii Match 3 Mania

Discover your amazing inheritance in Hawaii and restore a damaged estate to its former glory and splendor. Unearth centuries-old family secrets amidst the islands' beauty and learn your ancestors' amazing stories.

 

Match Town Makeover

Revitalize West Haven Bay with colorful gem-matching puzzles, meet interesting characters, and uncover town secrets in an engaging storyline in this spectacular mix of Match-3 and designer simulation. Let your creativity shine! 

 

Pirates and Pearls

Life as a pirate may be tough, but it's undeniably filled with excitement and adventure! However, even the most daring swashbucklers need some time to rest and regain their strength. That's where you come in! Put your business plan into action, build a pirate resort, and become a wealthy pirate entrepreneur. Colorful Match-3 puzzles and a captivating storyline filled with humor await! 

 

Hidden Epee

Travel to the Age of Enlightenment in France. Seek the powerful Silver Epee, an artifact that has the power to control life itself, navigate otherworldly realms, and save the world from impending evil in a thrilling adventure! 

 

Supermarket Mania Match 3

Build a grocery chain in Tinsel Town, conquer unique Match-3 levels, and become the ultimate supermarket master as you leave all your competitors in the dust.

 

Mayor Match

Become the perfect Mayor and develop a city by tending to people's needs. Design your dream metropolis through match-three challenges and a captivating storyline. Your leadership shapes the urban paradise.

 

How to play:

If you want to play exciting G5 Match-3 games for free on PCs running Windows, just follow these easy steps:

 

  1. Start by going to the G5 website.
  2. Go to the Windows section of the catalog.
  3. Select 'Match-3' from the genre drop-down menu.
  4. Click the name of the game you like.
  5. Click the green 'Download for Windows' button
  6. After that, select the location to save the file. 
  7. Once the download is complete, open the file and install the game (either directly or by going through the G5 Launcher)
  8. Play the free full version of the game! 

 

If at any point you run into errors or don't know how to proceed, please contact our tech support team, and they'll make sure all your issues are solved ASAP. 

 

Good luck, and welcome to the magical universe of G5 games! 

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