Jewelanche is a pretty match-3 game by Myrmeleo Games and FR Games. The controls are simple: just use your mouse to click and drag across at least three adjacent gems of the same color to make them disappear, and click once on your powerups to use them. Depending on the level, you will either need to clear a certain number of gems, or clear all the starred gems to pass the board. Your progess is tracked by a jeweled snake on the right side of the screen. If the game board fills with gems, the level ends and you will have to try again.
Clearing gems becomes more difficult as you progress, as you will encounter obstacles such as stones which can't be matched, and frozen jewels which must be matched twice. Luckily there is a gift shop, where a mysterious man with a pipe is always willing to help...for a price, of course. Earn coins as you play (you still get coins even if you don't pass the level) to buy upgrades and powerups in the shop, which are indispensable in later levels. There are pickaxes to break stones and ice, and a mage's glove that allows you to match stones and non-touching gems, among other things. You can also obtain powerups by means of random Pandora's Box gems. But beware! They are just as likely to hurt as they are to help. While the ability to go back to previous easier levels to gain more coinage would have been nice, any fan of match-3 games will enjoy losing themselves in this avalanche of jewels.