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I use my PC mostly for creative and writing. I like to manipulate photos and videos and push my PC and some great software I have to get some stunning results. This takes time and patience, but it always worth the effort. Sometimes when The PC is generating images or video clips, which I have jazzed up I, play some small games, and I am currently hooked on Bejeweled.
Should you wish to try this addictive game a version of it is available for free on Facebook, just look through the Facebook games and you will find it quite easily. You can also purchase and download from the game site through Facebook. Alternatively you can purchase it through Amazon for around £3. I know you might think that for £3 you ain't going to get much but this will be well spent if you like puzzle games.
The basics of Bejeweled are really quite simple, click the mouse of a jewel and swap it either side to side or up and down to form a line of three or more jewels and it will explode causing all jewels above it to fall down. When they fall if they form a line of three jewels the same they is turn will explode giving you a score depending on which jewel it was. The game area is a box which is 8 * 8 jewels so you can clearly see which jewels you require to drop to get the lines you need to get a good score. Now there are patterns which if achieved get you higher scores. A T shape will cause the jewels to explode and create a sparkling jewel which is now worth more points, so using this in you next on subsequent line will greatly enhance your score.
Further to this you can buy boosts, these can be purchased once you have collected so many yellow jewels, which give you gold coins. The boosts are self explanatory if none to easy to master. One of them simply adds a multiplier to a jewel giving the score this multiplication value. In exploding these multipliers you can further increase its multiplication value. If you are fortunate enough to be able to get five jewels in a line then once you have exploded them this will give you a flashing cube. Swapping this side to side or up and down with a any jewel will cause all jewels of this variety to explode and hence cause lots of other jewels to fall, this sometimes results in a massive increase in your score.
Obviously to obtain a high score you need to think tactically about which jewels you swap in order to get a high score, this is made more difficult by the fact each game only lasts a minute so time is against you. I find this game so addictive since you cannot help thinking you can do better next time, and sometimes a little lapse in concentration will cost you dearly, so you have to try again. During play and explosions the sounds are great and the graphics for such a simple game are good and entertaining. Once you get enough coins to buy boosts tactics are required to decide on which you use, since you can only have three boosts at any one time. The boosts you choose will depend on your skill and they way you approach the game, some boosts I never use since my dexterity is simply not good enough. It should be noted that the more expensive boosts are not always the best depending on your skill level.
I think for £3 this is a super game although it may not be for all those roll players out there. It is a simple yet addictive puzzle game whereby you have to quickly decide on the best tactics to get the most jewels explode....................simples................not really, but a lot of fun.
Bejeweled is a fairly simple idea for a game but very addictive. It is game in which you have to match colours together on the board. You are given a grid full of differently shaped and coloured gem stones. You need to swap stones around that are next to each other in order to get a result where three or more of the same type of stone are in a row. If you acheive this then the stones above them drop down and new stones fall on top of those. If you run out of options and moves you can make then the game is over.
As you complete different matches of stones on the board a bar along the bottom of the screen fills up. When it becomes full you can progress to the next level. Each level you reach it takes longer for that bar to fill up thus making the game challenging and progressively harder. You can gain more points and make the bar fill up quicker by making larger matches of four or five gems for example.
The game includes some simple music and sound effects and keeps with the whole nature of the game which is in itself low-key. You can turn the volume up or down depending on how annoyed you get by the sound which is handy. The music can get repetitive after a while so good that you can turn it off to be honest. The sounds effects are not as bad so normally keep them on for a bit.
Bejeweled is a very relaxed game that it's easy to just turn on and play for a spare half hour or something when you've got time on your hands. It's addictive and alot of fun as well. The time trial game mode is perhaps the most challenging of the whole game. The good thing is that the game is saved if you quit in the middle and it saves your high scores as well.
I found the game pretty challenging too and can be education as well for children to play. It appeals to them too because of the brightly coloured stones you have to move. This game is not too expensive either and you can get it pretty cheap now for less than £5 probably which is a bargain. If you enjoy puzzle games then this one really is a must for you at a rock bottom price.