Important Tips and Strategies
Gems on water or on empty ground do not provide points : Diamond Digger Saga does not reward impulsive clearing. Gems that are on water or on empty ground do not provide you with points when you clear them away, so make sure to clear with extreme prejudice.
But you may need to clear “empty gems” away, regardless : Sometimes, still it is necessary to match up gems on empty ground. You may need to do so to clear away certain types of materials sitting adjacent to the gems, for instance.
Some ground takes more than one match-up to clear : Rocks, for example, can only be wiped away if gems are matched on them two or more times.
Clear gold-streaked sand for lots of points : Sand and rock that is streaked with gold ribbons can be cleared away for point bonuses. A good thing to remember while playing if you are looking to three-star a level.
Remember to use your color burst : Your color burst power-up fills as you make matches. When filled, the color burst can clear away all gems of any selected color. Do not be shy about using it: The sooner you set it off, the quicker it begins charging again!
Moving downward for extra moves : Each and Every time you move one screen downward, you gain an extra two moves. Those extra two moves might mean the difference between victory and a game over.
Watch for exclamation marks : Sometimes, fireflies or toys will be marked with an exclamation mark. You’re not allowed to progress to the next screen until you free these particular toys / fireflies. In case you drain the board and leave them behind, you automatically lose a life.
To clear “pocked” sand, make a match near it : Sand with craters in it can only be cleared by an adjacent match. Some types of sand is particularly tough, and requires two matches to be erased.
Make matches beside ice blocks to thaw them : Like pocked sand, ice cubes will only thaw when a match is made beside them. The gems within cannot be matched until the ice is shattered.
Need to get a high score? Go for the gold : Gold blocks contain high point content. Break open as many as possible to achieve hard-to-reach high scores. Normally, gold blocks have higher yields the further down you go on a level.
Try “moving” a rocket before igniting it for better rewards : Rockets take off when you match them with two or more gems. Do not be excited to ignite rockets, though. Try matching gems below to drop the rocket to a more useful spot. For instance, try getting the rocket to rip through rock instead of plain sand.
Dig from the bottom-up : Oftentimes when a level’s water flow is blocked by sand, rock, or ice, you may lack the correct gems to clear a path. Try digging upwards from the screen’s drain. The gems causing the trouble may re-arrange themselves in a more favorable position. Even if they don’t, making matches will fill your color burst and help you get out of trouble.
Having trouble on a point-based level? Try digging as deep as possible for a treasure room – Levels that ask you to rack up a high score can be very tricky to clear. You can try breaking open gold-streaked blocks, but a better strategy is to dig down to the level’s final screen. You may find a “treasure room” that’s stocked with huge gems worth tons of points. So, easy money.