The treasure hunt has begun in the challenging simulation and match-three hybrid Puzzle Craft.

Puzzle Craft has just been issued an update that, most notably, introduces a new gameplay.

Beginning with the latest version of Puzzle Craft, you can look for treasure chests and open them to obtain (what else?) treasures.

To be able to find treasure chests, you must first build an Archeologist’s building. Then, open the chests using the correct chains of tiles to be rewarded with treasures.

You can also build a Museum in order to unlock new collections.

If you’re really familiar with Puzzle Craft, you’re probably aware that there are no such buildings as Archaeologist’s and Museum in the game. Well, until now, that is.

Archaeologist’s and Museum are just two of the new buildings added by the new Puzzle Craft update. The others are: New Mine Shaft, Big Workshop, Silo, Big Kennel, Library, Steam Engine, Recruiting Agency, Chapel, Exchange, and Imperial Castle.

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The update also adds new workers and new tools.

The new workers are: Digger, Excavator, Hunter, Ratcatcher, Sapper, Fruit Merchant, Animal Merchant, Gem Dealer, Banker, Treasure Hunter, and Treasure Huntress.

And the new tools, which are found only in treasure chests, are: Philosopher’s Stone, Rose-colored Glass, Golden Apple, Golden Idol, Magic Lamp, and Magic Flute.

Moreover, the update adds 18 new achievements, iPhone 5 support, and localization for French, Korean, and Polish.

In addition, it increases the maximum level from 35 to 60 and the maximum number of workers for hire to 75.

Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad running iOS 4.3 or later, the new version of Puzzle Craft is available now in the App Store.

The game was launched on iOS in mid-August last year as a $0.99 game. But it’s been available for free since mid-November.

In her review of the game, Christine notes that Puzzle Craft “combines simulation and resource management with match-three puzzler for the ultimate addictive experience.”

Consequently, the game has been included in AppAdvice’s Games for Puzzle Lovers AppList.