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Why I’m addicted to PS Vita’s Montezuma Blitz and tips to Score BIG !

  • On March 10, 2014

Treasures of Montezuma Blitz is a freemium game on the PS Vita. While at first this seems like just another match-three game (and watching the video below will most probably leave you with that impression), I’ve been playing this game with a few friends for weeks now, and I am proudly very addicted to this game! If you tried that game back when it was released last year, you have to try it out again since they completely enhanced the gameplay with the recent updates!

In this post, I’ll explain why I’m addicted to this game, and I will share with you some strategies on how to collect more crystals and how to reach millions of points!

Treasures of Montezuma Blitz – Trailer

What is Treasures of Montezuma Blitz ?

Let’s begin with the basics by briefly explaining how this game is played. Put simply, it’s a match-3 puzzle game, in the vein of Bejeweled. After each round, you’re awarded with experience based on how much you scored, and this experience goes towards your game level. Leveling up yields crystals (the digital currency) and better power-ups (runes or totems). Your best weekly score is displayed to your PSN friends in the game, and a small friendly competition runs through the week to determine which one of you will reach the best weekly score. The weekly competition, and reaching very high scores (50+ millions) is mainly what fueled my addiction to Montezuma Blitz!

MASTERING the power-ups (Runes and Totems)

If you want to rival the best players in Montezuma Blitz, you have to master how to use the Runes and the Totems. The runes are activated as soon as their tokens are destroyed in a match, so they usually aren’t an issue. Also, if you break 4 or more tokens at the same time, one of the tokens left in the board will automatically become a bonus (keep that in mind while playing!). Breaking 6 tokens at the same time will enable Kickout mode, in which you can tap the rear pad on the VITA to break tokens.

The Totems are trickier because they are activated only when you manage to chain two token matches of the same color consecutively. This requires a good level of concentration while in the heat of score frenzies and is harder than it seem. Try to focus on activating totems (2 chains of the same color) every time the board is shuffled, and avoid doing a third match of the same color if you can’t complete it with a 4th one, that way you will have an option left if a new chain becomes available. Efficiently triggering the totems is the core way to reach multi-million scores!

Leveling up at higher levels is a good way to earn Crystals!

How to gain Crystals?

First and foremost, if you start all-out, you will notice that the crystals you are given at the beginning of the game (15k) drain quickly. Montezuma’s crystals can be purchased on the PSN, but let’s explore how you can rack crystals up without purchasing expensive DLC.

  • Daily minigame: Each day you get one scratch card that will give you at least one thousand crystals, and depending on how lucky you were, you can get from 5k to up to 100k crystals! If you are low in crystals and don’t mind opening the game every day only to scratch the card, you will obtain at the very least 7k crystals a week, but you will most likely end up with around 20k-40k crystals per week.
  • Shelving the game for a while: If you open the game after leaving it unopened for a few days, weeks or months, you will get lives and crystals proportional to how much time you were away (300 crystals by day). If you tried the game when it got out last year, deleted it afterwards, and try it out again, expect to have a REALLY NICE welcome-back bonus!
  • Leveling up: This might sound silly, but each level gives you some crystals. Once I got better and better, I noticed that leveling up became a reliable source of crystals income.

How to score 50+ million points!


Scoring a very high score is highly dependent on what items (runes and totems) you have unlocked, as well as on their level. Since ALL items are completely unlocked at level 70, you will notice that it’s easier to get great scores when you get there, but the same strategies can work even when the items aren’t totally unlocked. But even with the best setup, if the board is “unlucky” you will still get bad rounds once in awhile with less than 1 million points. You will know that your strategy works when you have tried it for a few rounds.

A screenshot of my best game yet: 113 millions points!

Like I said, mastering how the totems works and triggering them as much as you can is THE way to get a good high score. Generally speaking, if your goal is to achieve a high score, you might want to stay away from the dynamite and electricity runes (and the blue or red totems), because when they are triggered, they break away a few tokens on the board, hypothetically preventing you from doing matches that might have been possible.

As far as the gameplay goes, I often alternate between two main item sets. Feel free to take those as a base to devise your own strategies!

Green totem, Purple totem, Longer frenzy, Added crystals and Color Burst

Here, the green totem is triggered in conjunction with the Added crystals rune to raise the score multiplier (and it even auto-shuffles the board when activated!), and the purple totem gives you a ton of bonuses on the board (mainly time extenders and combination lookups). The longer frenzy not only extends the frenzy time, but at maximum level it also increases the score multiplier by 5 when it’s activated. The Color Burst rune is also used to shuffle the board, and expect it will be activated very frequently thanks to the bonuses that are added to the board that the purple totem will add to the board.

Cost per round: 1850 crystals

Green totem, Orange totem, Longer frenzy, Added crystals and Profit crystals:

In that combination, the longer frenzy, green totem and added crystal have the same purpose as before. When the orange totem is triggered, it automatically adds 15 seconds to the level (which means longer rounds), and the Profit crystal rune can give you a pretty awesome end-game bonus if you got a lot of crystals (my personal best bonus was around 15 millions).

Cost per round: 1500 crystals

Score like crazy with these weird tricks that the pros don’t want you to know about

While searching on the Internet for some strategies, I stumbled across a few other ideas that you can try to raise your score.

  • Easy: Hold your Vita vertically, so your left hand thumb is close to the hint button, which can be spammed continuously
  • Hard: Start with the combos on the upper section of the screen until there is only one move left at the bottom. Just when the tokens are done falling (you have to be perfectly timed here), do the last move, and your combo won’t be broken! Apparently, this is the way to reach a score in the billions (!)


Montezuma Blitz is an amazing game, and mastering it requires a lot of patience and practice! If you have a Playstation Vita, you shouldn’t pass this game, since it’s FREE! With the strategies I explained in this post, you can expect to have an average game in the 10 millions-range, and a good game will certainly be closer to 50 millions.


Cost: Free

DLC Cost: (Lives or Crystals) prices ranges from 0.49$ to 69.99$

PSN Game size: 140 MB

You can download Treasures of Montezuma Blitz from the PSN.