Bonus Play in Quinn’s Aquarium — sometimes referred to as “random puzzles” or “bonus puzzles” — can be unlocked by finishing all three parts of the first tank, the Tropical Tank. This can be a daunting task, as it requires you to finish 180 sequential levels — no skipping around — and since not every game of mahjong can be won, you may get stuck from time to time. You may need to repeat a puzzle multiple times before you can win and move on.
The problem with this is that Pogo puts out badges, some of them given to all players as free gifts for marathons, that require you to match Lock & Key Tiles. Not only do you have to win the game by clearing all of the tiles from the board in order to get badge credit, you also won’t find Lock & Key Tiles in every puzzle. If you’re someone who got stuck on a level in the Tropical Tank you wouldn’t be able to make badge progress. Fortunately, Pogo put something called Bonus Play in the game, and it can be unlocked by all players.
Tip: if you’ve gotten stuck on a level in Quinn’s Aquarium or have been too afraid to try the game at all yet, check out our Quinn’s Aquarium Tips and Tricks. There are some great strategies in there that can maximize your chances of removing all tiles from a puzzle.
Once you unlock Bonus Play, you’ll be able to play random puzzles, but more importantly it allows you to quit and reload a different random puzzle. Not only does this come in handy for badge challenges requiring Lock & Key Tiles, because you can quit and reload until you find a puzzle with Lock & Key Tiles in it, but it also comes in handy for those tough “Match all six sets of shell tiles” badges.
When you load a random puzzle through Bonus Play, you have a chance at getting a Challenge Round puzzle. Those are the ones that came every 5th level during the regular tank progression, and they contain twice as many tiles to work with! If you need specific tips for the “Match all six sets of Shell Tiles” badges, check out the Quinn’s Aquarium Badge Guide for our best strategies.
How to Access Random Puzzles in Quinn’s Aquarium
When you have finished all three parts of the Tropical Tank, the game’s main menu will read “Bonus Play” under the tank. Click on the tank to view it, and your play button will read “Play Random Level”.
Use these random levels to find puzzles with locks & keys, or to find Challenge Round levels that you can use to match all six sets of shell tiles. If you click “Play Random Level” and the puzzle you get doesn’t have what you need, click the orange gear icon in the upper right corner, then click Quit. Click the “Play Random Level” button again and repeat until you get the type of puzzle you need.