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I first came across Bejeweled Blitz through facebook. So when I got my iphone and came across an application called Bejeweled 2 I just had to download it.
The basic premise is the same - there are a number of different coloured jewels which you have to try and line up by simply swapping two at a time. Line up three as a minimum but to maximise your points you should aim for five. Each time the colours are lined up, the points are added and the jewels blown up - thereby making room for new ones and for rows to collapse.
Within Bejeweled 2 there are three versions of the game - the classic version which is time limited and goes through a range of levels, action - where you have to beat the descending bar , and endless which isn't time limited at all. My iphone application also allows you access to the facebook blitz version.
This is such a simple concept yet utterly compelling. Hours of my life have been wasted on this little game by popcap - yet I will still try to beat my score every day - sad eh?
Bejeweled 2 is a puzzle game created by "PopCap Games" which is not only available for the PC but it is also available for the Sony Playstation 3 and the Xbox 360 in downloadable format as well as recently being ported onto the iPhone and iPod Touch. The game was voted Puzzle Game of the Year in 2001 and despite the long period between then and current day the game is still one of the most popular games on the web.
The gameplay of the game is very simple; all you have to do is swap pairs of various different jewels around until you get a row of three or more identical colours. This causes these jewels to be destroyed, only to be replaced with a cascade of jewels from an unseen supplier above. You must keep the gameplay going for as long as possible in most modes and score as many points as possible. There is also the addition of the puzzle mode however in which you must clear the jewels from the screen in 80 successively more difficult challenges. By completing each mode successfully you can unlock a more difficult adaption of that mode, for example by completing puzzle mode you will unlock Cognito Mode, a random, timed mode of Puzzle.
The graphics of the game, despite being almost 8 years old, are still nice to look at and keep the player involved fairly well. The background of the puzzle changes between levels which at least provides some variation, even if the player will be more concerned with the puzzle and the timer counting down. Most importantly for the graphics however is that the puzzle pieces, the jewels, are easily distinguishable from both one another and from the backgrounds. This means that you can see clearly what is going on at all times and eventually learn to plan ahead in the game to where you want to be.
The sounds of the game have a budget feel to them, however they have become absolutely iconic with puzzle gamers and despite that fact that large amounts of money clearly haven't been spent on them they are quirky and get the job done extremely well. There are suitable effects for when jewels are cleared, explosions created and there is even a commentator guy to tell you when you have got a fairly long combo.
The game does not come across as particularly original when you play it today, however this is mainly because so many games have taken the success of the Bejeweled series and incorporated the game style into their own games. However Bejeweled is still by far one of the most successful games that has ever graced the puzzle genre and it is still by far one of the best of it's kind. I therefore highly recommend this game!
Bejeweled has always been a fun game for me since it came out, however, Bejeweled2 is definitely the improved version!
This is a computer game that's mainly targeted to girls I'd say. I know many girls don't really play computer or consol games (me and my female friends rarely do) and it's always been more of a boys thing... However, that's changed a bit now with this awesome puzzle game!
Bejeweled is a puzzle game that involves moving gems around to form rows, which will give you points. The game is also timed, though there is a setting where you can play endlessly without timing, but where's the excitement in that!
The purpose of the game is to create rows of 3, 4 or 5 of the same gems, which will give you points. 3 rows just give you points; 4 gives you a power gem, which causes gems around it to explode and 5 gems in a row creates a hyper cube. The hyper cube is quite handy as you can choose which gem that's situated around it you can eliminate and this will cause all the gems of the same colour to be destroyed.
Now, if you play strategically, you can take advantage of all these power gems and hyper cubes to get rid of as many gems as possible, resulting in more points. You also get more points if you move your gems in such a way, that other rows fall into place and you can clear more gems in one move this way.
I really like this game and it's been my favourite puzzle computer game since tetris. It makes you think and that's what I like about it! I recommend this game to anyone, as it's simple, fun and gets you to think and plan ahead.
Bejeweled 2 is an update to the undeniable classic puzzle game. It's been copied and ripped-off a hundred times, but that's just a sign of a great puzzler - just look at how many versions of Tetris there were! This is the definitive article though, and it's back and better than ever.
For those not in the know, Bejeweled puts you in command of a grid of multi-coloured gems. Your task is to swap these jewels with each other in order to make strings of 3 or more same colour gems. Once this is managed, they'll explode, earning you points. Get four in a row and you'll earn a bonus gem that will earn you extra points (and bigger explosion!) when used, and five or more in a row will get you a Hyper Cube, which is capable of wiping all gems of one colour off the board. Crikey!
There are a few modes here, all of them presenting variants on the theme. Classic Mode is the core game. Earning points will advance you through the levels, and you continue until you can't make any more moves. This is highly frustrating, as the 'No More Moves' sign will eventually come up regardless of your skill - you can't decide what gems you get! If you don't want to limit how long you can play for, choose Endless Mode. The distribution of gems in this version ensures that you will never run out of moves, so you can play through hundreds and hundreds of levels without stopping.
If you feel like a break from the traditional formula, try Puzzle Mode. This will set you up with a combination of gems and you are tasked with getting rid of them all. Tougher than it sounds! Very tough, in fact. You'll need a lot of patience and flair for puzzle-solving here, which I guess is why it's my least favourite mode. Finally, there is Action Mode. This one is against the clock, and you will lose more time the longer you spend planning moves. Don't stop, don't think and don't breathe and you might get through this one!
Outside of Endless Mode, this game is one tricky customer, but ultimately very rewarding. Not only does a successful string of explosions feel very satisfying indeed, but the game has a few bonuses up its shiny sleeves to present to you if you put the work in. I won't ruin them for you.
All in all, this should be owned by anyone with a puzzle-orientated mind. The game modes cater for everyone, from stresshead puzzlin' freaks to casual gamers look for a soothing game. The music will chill you out, the graphics are as good as they can be (considering it's a screen of gems!) and the commentator has a laidback jazz singer style voice. Which should always be applauded.
I suggest you check it out, either for its budget price on the PC or as a download for the Xbox 360. If you're looking for it on the 360, which not buy Xbox Live Arcade Unplugged Volume One - which includes this, plus Texas Hold 'Em, Geometry Wars, Hardwood Backgammon and Outpost Kaloki X for a bargain price.
(This review has also been posted on Ciao.co.uk)
I have played this game for quite a while now and still got to finished playing any of the game modes. This is a game that any of the family can play and can be very addictive to play too.
~~HOW TO PLAY~~
Well you simply slide coloured jewels around the board, matching 3 or more of the same colour to explode them off the board, which then get replaced with more jewels. Matching 3 will just explode those 3 matching jewels, matching 4 will give you a bonus jewel which will explode those 4 matching jewels and will take some surrounding jewels with them, and matching 5+ will give you a even bigger bonus jewel which will look like a wobbly blob on the board and you can hit one of the coloured jewels on the board, usually the most coloured jewel on the board at the time will benefit you the most, and score more points for you.
There is a bar at the bottom of the screen which gets filled up every time you explode a matching set, when this bar gets full its off to the next level. Its game over when there are no more moves. If you get a little stuck there is the hint button to the left of the game, and this will give you hints whenever you want them, but points will be took off you. If you take too long to make a move then the computer will show you a possible move also.
In the game there is a menu button above the hint button, where you can toggle with the music, sound effects, resolution and full screen etc. The game is automatically saved, so when you come back to the game you can continue the saved game or start a new game.
There are 4 game modes to play and all can be exciting but addictive too.
This is usually the one I play on, this is the original game mode, just matching up the same coloured jewels and making sure you try to get to the next level. Your awarded points and bonus jewels for every matching set you clear. There is no time limit on this mode just play until you run out of moves.
This mode I have a little, you have 5 puzzles to complete that are on your left hand side of the game board, for every puzzle you complete you are closer to getting to the next level. You can complete the puzzles in any order; you can undo and get hints for any move you make. The next level brings you more puzzles to complete and sometimes can get frustrating.
This is a good mode to play although I have not completed this mode yet. You are not against any time, so no pressure, basically you cannot run out of jewels to match up you just play until your hearts content, which can get a little boring at times. For each level you complete you will receive a coloured jewel in the left hand side of your game board.
This is a mode that cannot relax and play, you have to be alert and keep your eyes peeled as youre against the time ticking bar, once the bar reaches the bottom your game is over. So keep up with the matching jewels and keep that bar up to reach the next level.
~~GRAPHICS AND SOUNDS~~
I think the graphics are pretty neat in this game, especially in the full screen mode, the sounds and sound effects are really good also, although I tend to keep the music off while playing games. For each game level reached you will be warped into a new level with awesome pictures.
~~AVAILIBILITY AND PRICE~~
You will find this game available here
http://www.gamehouse.com/gamedetails/?game=Bejeweled2 - $19.95 (£10)
Although you might be able to find this game in game shops, and more then likely find it cheaper if you shop around. You can also play online at the link above too.
Well I truly enjoy playing this game its full with puzzling fun for all the family to enjoy. Although it can be addictive and sometimes a little frustrating its still a great game to play. With great graphics and sounds, plus the number of game modes that you can play, adds more excitement to the game. This is a game to be played when you have a lot of time to spare, and you have nothing better to do, because you can easily sit there playing it for hours upon hours.
Bejeweled 2 takes classic puzzle action into a new dimension of fun! The popular gameplay of Bejeweled is still here: Line up three of the same jewels to remove them from the board. The all-new pieces and game options add a new kind of challenge.