Ancient Ore is a match-3, puzzle game that changes how a player makes matches in a unique way. The player is searching the world for ancient treasure. They must match three or more gemstones on stone tiles on a board to complete tasks given to them by an experienced explorer. Tasks include collecting a specific number of one or more types of gemstones, achieving a certain number of points and clearing away all obstacles on the board like dirt, ice and spiders.
Unlike similar games that require the player to make a line of three or more tiles or objects by switching the positions of two gems on the board at the end or center of the connected matched line, Ancient Ore offers a different type of gameplay. It requires the player to shift an entire row or column to align the gemstones.
The player receives a limited number of moves, which means that they must carefully drag the row or column to make the correct alignment. That said, they can also create boosters to remove gemstones faster. For example, if they match four gemstones, they create rocket boosters. If they match five gemstones, they create a rainbow booster that removes all the same type of gemstone on the board at the same time.