There is no shortage of the traditional match-three style puzzle games available on Android and iOS, which is why we always smile whenever we see a fresh new take on the genre which changes things up.

Starbeard is one of those games that takes a formula we're all familiar with but takes it in a brand new direction. In this game, yes, you'll be matching three colored icons together to smash them to pieces, but you will also be using strategy to defeat monsters, open up paths, collect coins, and even defeat boss monsters.

There's so much more variety here than in your traditional match-three games, and it can keep you glued in for hours, as long as you're good. If you're not so good, well, the game gets pretty difficult, pretty fast.

But that's exactly why we have these tips for you to carry you through the easy sections of the game. Hammer these techniques into your mind and you'll find yourself clearing through the game much more quickly.

Match three strategy

So there's more strategy to this game than what you might be used to. Your primary goal might just be to clear out the icons, but it could also involve defeating enemies and bosses, which makes things more complicated.

While all that's happening, you will also have to deal with the fact that more gems will appear each turn, and you can't allow the icons to reach the bottom of the screen, lest you lose health.

On top of all that, you will only be able to move icons from the bottom row in any given column, meaning the icons are stacked, and moving them around isn't quite as flexible as it first seems. Luckily, your character does have special abilities that can be used to move things around, and make things a bit easier.