I have been playing Jewels in my phone and I am wondering about which one is the best strategy to follow to achieve the best score posible in a normal game
I have the following hypothesis:
try to get rid of jewels from the bottom of the screen first: This could generate more chain reactions since more parts of the board are affected, but could destroy existing opportunities. it also puts more 'entropy' into the board so it may be more difficult to run out of moves
try to get rid of jewels from the top of the screen first: this would prevent the destruction of opportunities, so I can get groups in the top and then in the bottom, but the effects of the changes are not so great so there is less chance for chain reactions. also I might run out of moves faster.
these are the most obvious ones. but is there any way to tell which one is better. Also, I know we can come up with some complex algorithm to achieve better results. Let's keep it simple and imagine that I will only plan one move at a time.