Build A Relic, Apes of the Ages Maps, Giftable Gems – Treasure Isle Updates!

Mon, Aug 9, 2010

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Zynga has been busy updating Treasure Isle this weekend, with not one, not two, but three updates worth note in the game. Not only are there new maps to explore, but you can more easily do so thanks to the addition of Gems to the game’s free gifts page. Finally, you can start the process of building Ancient Relics on your Home Island.

Help Rebuild the Lost Ancient Relic!

A new building project has been added to the game, allowing you to build a long list ancient relic, in the form of a Tiki. The Tiki Relic is a massive structure, and you’ll be given the frame of the structure for free upon logging into the game.

Next, you’ll need to go about building the structure, starting with the “Tiki Relic Base.” This base takes just five ingredients – a single unit of Glue, Dye, Fire, Metal and Oil.

Your friends can send these items to you as free gifts from the game’s free gifts page, with each user having access to sending two of the five ingredients.

You can also ask for each ingredient individually, by opening the Relic’s menu (click on the relic and click “Build”) and clicking on the “Ask for More” button underneath any particular ingredient. This allows you to post a news item to your wall asking your friends to send you that part – a particularly convenient option if you need just one type of ingredient, after having collected the others.

After building the Base, you’ll move onto other parts of the relic. Can you be the first of your friends to finish the entire relic?

Explore the Apes of the Ages Maps

Head into the World Map, and you’ll see the launch of the “Apes of the Ages” maps. Click on the icon there, and you’ll see the map set consists of 7 different islands, each with a different theme.

Ape-ollo 19 is a space-themed island with a space pod located on the far left, while Isle of the Apes contains the upper portion of the Status of Liberty. Queen Konga (unlocked for 13 Island Cash) is a take on King Kong, while Emerald Island plays on the Emerald City in the Wizard of Oz. Two more islands, 2011 Ape Odyssey and Penned Up Pirates (unlocked for 16 Island Cash) round out the series.

Each of these islands contains locked Monkey Contraption Doors, which act as Gem Statues do, blocking off portions of the island. However, unlike Gem Statues, you’ll have to have a Wrench to open these doors and push on through the island. A wrench is available to purchase in the game’s store for 5 Island Cash.

Send and Receive All Colors of Gems

One of the biggest challenges users face when playing Treasure Isle is the fact that colored gem stones, especially those that are Red, Orange or Blue, are particularly hard to come by. Even for users with dozens of Treasure Isle neighbors, the trees growing on most neighbors’ islands are Purple or Green, leaving little room to collect the other three colors.

Why is this important? Remember, many areas on most all islands are blocked off by Gem Statues, that can only be unlocked by using matching gems to unlock them. What’s more, if a friend has stopped playing the game, their Home Island tree stops regenerating Gems, so they are eliminated from the pool altogether.

To help alleviate the frustration, Zynga has come up with a solution of adding all five colors of Gems to the game’s free gifts page. According to the announcement, this seems to be a permanent addition, rather than something you need to take advantage of quickly.

Make sure to head over to the game’s page to see any of these updates in action, and good luck completing your own Relic!

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