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      10.01.2012 16:07
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      Learn how to play first, the combo gems can be confusing first time.

      @ About @

      I bought this app because I thought it would give me something to do when I get bored, and it would last me a long time.

      The aim of the game is to link 3 (or more) gems of the same shape and colour together. There are a few curveballs involved with this though because when linking 4 gems together you get a special gem which helps remove even more gems and more special gems the more you chain together.

      At 5 gems linked you can get a special gem which will clear the entire board of all of one type of gem, depending on what you combine with it. Choose wisely... You can also earn combos for getting multiple gems to drop at the same time and land in a link. You can also link up your facebook account, allowing you to share your scores with friends and tell them about what you have done in the game.

      @ Graphics, Sound, Game play Experience @

      I tend to mute the sound because the constant jangling really annoys me. Every time you get a combo there is a jingle of gems, and the background sound is some soft gentle music - You also get a different whoosh then jingle if you get more than 4 gems. A bonus streak gem will appear too.

      This isn't one of those free to move anything anywhere grid games much like bookworm. You can only go left right up and down. You can't do diagonal moves and after time it becomes confusing when your brain has seen enough colourful shapes. Graphics are quite something though, there are often light patches on the gem like a reflection, and they all glint with little sparkles. The gems tend to be equal in size and all slot nicely into a perfect grid system.

      Playing for hours on end can become quite addicting and entertaining but for me personally, after about a week or two the fun has worn off. You've linked thousands of gems together and you've imagined every possible way to do so and got to the top of the leader boards and there's little else to do once you complete every single level.


      @ Overall @

      I have to say as fun and addicting as this game is it will wear off pretty quick. After about a week I started playing it less and less until eventually I gave up with it completely. The graphics are fantastic and the fact that you can link up with your facebook profile is also a bonus but i don't think id get another in the series.

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      06.01.2012 16:48
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      A bit of fun at a low cost, inclusvie to most (unless you're colour blind).... Very addictive!

      I cannot believe the obsession my family have with Bejeweled 2. My boyfriend and my mum are both totally addicted to this game and as a result became very anti-social over the Christmas period!

      So what is Bejeweled 2 and where can you get it from?

      The game was developed by the company Popcap. It is available to play as four variantions:
      Classic, Endless, Action and on Facebook. The game is available from the Apple Application store and via facebook. The iPad version is 69p from the Apple Store. The Popcap.com website have a PC version available for download for £6.95

      We, or should I say my partner and mum play the Classic version of the game. The objective is to swap adjacent gems to make sets of three. If you clear multiple sets you gain extra points. If you manage to make a set of four gems you will create a power gem (more points) whereas five gems will create a hypercube, a what? I can only describe the hypercube as an opportunity to pick the colour of your choice to create your next set of gems.

      ::: My opinion :::
      Initially I too found the game very addictive and so easy to play on the iPad rather than clicking away on the PC with a mouse. It can becomes very frustrating when you reach a certain level and then suddenly the game echoes 'no more moves' which equates to GAME OVER. It wouldn't be a game if it was easy though would it?

      One evening when I was home alone I had what I thought would be a quick go on the Classic version and it turned out to be the longest game I've ever had on any computer! Although it was so satisfying to beat my boyfriend's high score that'd been boasting about for weeks. I got to a stage where I was tired and bored and in the meantime my partner came home and encouraged me to continue so he had a target to beat. I really had lost interest but for his sake I continued and rather tiredly heard the 'no more moves' words at level 20 with a score of about 252,000 (apparently my brother accidently deleted the high score table!)...

      Overall for 69p you cannot go wrong. All variations of the game are included in the price. We Brits experience lots of rainy days and so I'd suggest this for one of the many! I have to admit since that high score I have lost total interest and have not played since but maybe that's just me. My mum and boyfriend continue to battle it out for the next high score!

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        01.01.2012 16:53
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        Fantastic value for money; a must have download

        In case you've been living in a cave for the last three years, I'd better just explain the basic gameplay of Bejewelled Blitz to you.

        It's a simple gem matching game that presents you with a grid full of different coloured jewels. Your task is to match a minimum of three same-coloured jewels together by swapping a jewel with another jewel which is next to it. Successfully matching three jewels will cause them to disappear and the jewels above them will move down to fill the space you have created. Matching 4 jewels of the same colour rewards you with a "bomb" which can be used to explode several surrounding jewels, whilst matching five creates a special jewel which can be used to get rid of all gems of a particular colour from the grid. The game ends when you are no longer able to make any moves that will create a matching set.

        It's the simplicity of the gameplay which makes Bejewelled 2 so scarily addictive. The rules are so simple that anyone can pick it up - even if they have never played a computer game in their life. There are no complicated rules to master, no difficult controls to remember and the fun factor kicks in straight away.

        It's just one of those games that grabs you from the start. It might not be the most technologically advanced game in the world, but it is frighteningly good fun. There is something deeply satisfying about spotting a good move and creating a chain reaction that causes further sets of three to be matched, resulting in some mega points.

        Be warned, though: Bejeweled 2 is one of those games that's simple to get into, but hard to put down. A typical game takes between 10-15 minutes (although can last as long as an hour if you do really well) so in theory it's a game you can play when you have a little bit of time to kill. The reality is that gaming sessions tend to last a lot longer, because it's so frighteningly addictive. Do badly, and you immediately hit the Play button to try again; do well and you still want to have another go to make sure that it wasn't a fluke! Even Mrs SWSt (who doesn't normally see the point in computer games) has been known to steal my iPhone and sneak off with it to have a good few games.

        Despite its apparent simplicity, there's a surprising degree of strategy to the game. Some moves are better than others, so it's not just a case of making the first move you see; sometimes it's better to step back and check out all available moves before committing yourself. This gives the gameplay a deceptive level of depth and one you will have to master if you really want to get those high scores.

        In terms of options, Bejewelled 2 Blitz offers a few different gameplay modes, although the basic match 3 gameplay is common to them all. Personally, I prefer Classic Mode, which is a score attack game where you keep going until you run out of moves. I occasionally dip into the others (in Action Mode, you have to score as many points as you can within a certain time limit; Endless Mode just keeps on going) but don't find them quite as much fun. You can also play Blitz Mode against your friends on Facebook.

        In keeping with the simple gameplay, presentation is simple but effective. The jewels on the grid are well defined and surprisingly large on the iPhone's smallish screen. Brightly coloured, it's easy to differentiate between the different types, making it easy to spot available moves quickly (essential in Action Mode).Each level has a pleasant background displaying various picture of landscapes. At first I was concerned that these might get cause some colour clash and make the jewels difficult to spot, but in fact they are actually quite relaxing. They also help distinguish between levels and give you a sense of progression.

        Sound is similarly effective. Jewels disappear with a satisfying "bling" sound, whilst the jewel bomb makes a satisfying thump. A pleasant background tune also plays throughout the game. Again, I was slightly concerned initially that this would start to grate after a while, but in fact the opposite is true. The tune actually has a calming, soporific effect which aids your concentration rather than ruining it. This is one of those few games that I actually prefer to play with the sound up and it never feels quite as atmospheric when the sound is turned off.

        The controls are perfect. To move a jewel, you touch it to select it, then touch the one you want to change places with. Like so much else with the game, they are simple but effective. The only issue is that because the game area takes up most of the iPhone's screen, there are small dead spots and it can sometimes take several jabs at the screen to get it to work. This is particularly true around the edges of the screen and is most annoying when you are playing in Action Mode, where time is of the essence. In fairness, I think this is an issue with many iPhone apps, so is probably more to do with the hardware than the game itself.

        If you've never played a Bejewelled type game, then I can heartily recommend this one. If you have played one before, then you know how much fun they can be and have probably already downloaded it. Either way, at just 69p (and sometimes it's available for free) this is a fantastically addictive game that will give you hours of fun, in both the long and short term.

        (c) Copyright SWSt 2012

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          06.12.2011 17:24
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          Fun iPhone app!

          ===Introduction===

          Bejewelled 2 for the iPhone was one of the first game apps I bought and downloaded, I play the 'Blitz' version of the game on Facebook and used to extensively play the full PC version of the game on my home computer. This version is an official PopCap release and has 4 versions of the game in this download and remains one of the most played games I have on my iPhone.

          ===GamePlay===

          The object of the game in Bejewelled is to gain as many points as you can by clearing a board of brightly coloured different shaped gems, each time a group of matching gems is cleared they are replaced with another random selection and by swapping them around so that they touch you are able to build up a high score. Depending on the variation of the game you choose to play will determine either the length of time you have to maximise your score or you can play an 'endless' version of the game where there isn't a countdown timer. There are bonuses for clearing multiple gems at the same time and hidden features activate when 4 or more gems are cleared in a single go and if you judge a move correctly you can achieve multiple matches and very high scores. Multiplier gems appear once you begin to build you your speed and these can make all the difference to the score you achieve, 'special' bonuses can eliminate all the gems in both the horizontal and verticle lines of the game board and a detonator gem can clear the board of all of one particular gem.

          The game can be frantic at times, it's incredibly addictive and remains the only game on my phone that I play every day. The Blitz option of the game can by synchronised to your own Facebook account if you want to share you scores with your Facebook friends and compete against them or it can be played offline if you want to compete against yourself.

          ===Graphics and How the Game works on the iPhone===

          The iPhone's touch screen really comes into its own with Bejewelled as is one of those games that benefits from the fast and responsive screen, I find it much easier using my iPhone rather than playing the game online with a mouse and can build up much higher scores using a finger to swap the gems around. I usually play the Blitz version of the game and these rounds are quick with them lasting only 60 seconds, I've never experienced any lag with the game, the iPhone is responsive to the touch and the clear display of the screen shows off all the bright colours without any problems. It's an easy game to understand but plays differently every time as the coloured gems are randomly placed on the board at the beginning of each round. If you like puzzler games then this is definitely one to check out, especially if you have a Facebook account and enjoy playing against your online friends.

          The only downside with the Blitz version of the game is that it is played online so internet access is required, I use my Wifi at home to connect to the game and have unlimited broadband access with my provider so this isn't an issue for me but if you are given a data allowance each month by your own broadband company then the game could easily eat into what you get given. This isn't a reason not to get the download though, there are other versions of the game included in this release which don't require an active internet connection and each variation of the game shares the same attributes. The 'Classic' version of the game allows you to progress through increasingly difficult levels, the game works on the same principal as the Blitz version but you have to achieve a certain score to progress. 'Action' is the same but played a lot quicker and 'Endless' as the name suggests doesn't limit you to times or levels and simply allows you to build up a highest score that you can without running out of matches.

          ===Overall===

          It's safe to say that I'm a big fan of Bejewelled 2 on the iphone and have played it every day since downloading it. My favourite variation is Blitz and since becoming a member of ciao and dooyoo I have befriended a number of fellow review writers on Facebook who I compete with each week, this application enables me to build up my scores against them and I enjoy the challenges it presents. It's a fun application, easy to play and passes on a bit of time and I have no complaints with it whatsoever and would thoroughly recommend it to anyone who likes puzzle games.

          My download cost 69p from the iTunes app store and is 19.9MB in size. It has had a recent update and is currently on the 1.5.5 version, it never lags and I have never encountered any bugs with it and is definitely recommended by me. Five stars as a rating as far as I'm concerned and a great buy at under 70p especially for the amount of time I have spent playing it. Thanks for reading my review.

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            31.08.2011 20:24
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            A very addictive iPod title which is essential for all.

            If you like any PopCap title, whether it's Zuma, Peggle or Insaniquarium, you're bound to love Bejeweled 2, the sequel to the award-winning 2001 game. It's has a much more modern look than its predecessor, and has some new game modes. Since the release in 2004, it has come out on multiple platforms including PC, Xbox 360, PS3 and Wii. But if you have any portable Apple machine, you have an advantage. Why? Because it's only 69p, so whether you like it or not, you won't have much regret in adding it to your list of apps. So, it's nothing other than essential for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad owners.

            ===Gameplay===

            If you've played any other PopCap title, you'll know that this is going to be extremely simple before even starting the game up. Plants vs Zombies, Gyromancer, Rocket Mania! - games by the developer are always uncomplicated but addictive. But what does Bejeweled 2 involve and is it really that much different from the first game in the series? No. But you won't care, because it's just as much fun as before! In the game, you are given a grid of jewels of various shapes and colours. Using your finger, you have to swap adjacent jewels to make matches of three, four or five jewels. For example, two red ones are next to each other. To the right of these is a purple jewel, and another red sits above it. Simply swap the two to make a chain of three red jewels.

            There are multiple game modes. The first one is Classic, and this one is the most basic. You simply match as many jewels as you can until you level up. However, as you get through the levels, it becomes much harder to progress. The game ends when there are no more possible matches. Action mode isn't that much different, but offers a lot more challenge. It retains the same gameplay as Challenge mode, but you are timed. You must aim to make matches as quickly as you can, otherwise time will run out and it's game over. Endless mode is the final mode and from what I remember it is slightly different to the same mode on the PC version. In this iPod version, it is nearly exactly the same as Challenge mode, the only difference being that the game can't end, like the name implies, unless you quit, of course. You may be disappointed to hear that the unique Puzzle mode is absent, but Bejeweled 2 on the App Store comes with Bejeweled Blitz.

            Bejeweled Blitz began as a Facebook game, but can now be bought on PC, Mac OS X and Xbox Live Arcade. Like I said, it comes with the Bejeweled 2 game on the App Store, and uses all the same features used in the other versions. You are given a short time of sixty seconds to score as many points as you can. The thing that sets this apart from the other Bejeweled 2 game modes, though, is power-ups. These give you multiple advantages in scoring higher. For example, one power-up gives you a special gem at the start of the game. Another adds five seconds to the game time. You purchase these by spending coins, which you can either buy with real money or earn in-game. The only way you can do this is log into Facebook which is an easy process, but you obviously need a Facebook account. This is a welcome part of the package that is worth playing.

            If swapping gems just doesn't do it for you, then there are a few minor gameplay features that you may find make the title a bit more interesting. Getting matches of four and five jewels awards you with bonus gems. The power gem is awarded for matching four jewels. When you match this with other jewels, a number of nearby jewels explode and you are given big points. You are given a hyper gem if you match five jewels. This destroys all jewels of one colour on the board. It is activated by swapping it with another jewel. Swap it with a blue jewel, for example, and all the blue jewels on the grid are destroyed. Admittedly, these features aren't huge, but definitely add to the game's addictive nature.

            ===Graphics and Sound===

            Bejeweled 2 is very appealing, visually. The jewels shine and gleam on the board, and behind are some beautiful backgrounds, ranging from canyons to futuristic-themed areas. It does look superior to the first Bejeweled, in which blue was a dominant colour and no backdrops were used. Bejeweled 2, though, despite being very basic, looks amazing graphically. The sound may not be quite as good when compared to the graphics, but satisfies. When you successfully match a set of jewels, a high-pitched sound is made which I found very catchy! The music is the main letdown, because there is only one track. The track is a good one - it could be called 'mystical' which somewhat fits the game's theme - but variety is the spice of life, and I don't think you can call this variety.

            ==Verdict==

            NEGATIVES
            Bejeweled 2 does have a few issues. The big one is that Puzzle mode isn't featured. That was the most unique mode on PC, so why it isn't featured here is a mystery to me. Also, there's only one music track which is good, but a few more would have been better. Even if they weren't great, we could choose the tracks that played during the game. I've never known if when a game is addictive it's good or not - on one hand, it's a sign of a good game but on the other it does waste a lot of your time - but in this case it is a bad thing because Bejeweled 2 is so addictive that you'll be losing hours and hours in this. Finally, this isn't for everyone, most notably hardcore first-person shooter players who might not like the casual style of the game. But anyone else will love it.

            POSITIVES
            Overall, Bejeweled 2, while not perfect, is very good. The gameplay is the most simple it could be but is seriously addictive and could offer serious longevity - or maybe a bit too much! The game on the app store comes with Bejeweled Blitz for no added price, making up slightly for the lack of Puzzle mode. The graphics are superb - the gleaming jewels really catch your eye and the backgrounds are fantastic. Even the smaller features impress, such as the mid-game save ability, so you can pop your iPod away and pick up where you left off later and being able to log into Facebook through Bejeweled Blitz, so you can look at your friends high-scores. Lastly, the price is brilliant - you only have to pay 69p for hour after hour of gameplay so it doesn't matter much in the unlikely case you don't really like the game. If you feel you're missing out on content, you can get the game for under £5 on PC, but what you're getting here is a great amount for a much lower price. It's essential stuff, so if you don't have it now give it a try!

            This review is also posted on Ciao under my name YoshiCheesePuff.

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              30.01.2011 01:18
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              Worth buying

              I used to play bejeweled years ago online I saw the app and thought I would give it a go and it is so much better! There are three different visions you can play classic, action and endless. My favorite is the action where your racing against the clock your level bar goes down the longer you take to find matching gems a lot of pressure but great fun I am always in a completion with my self to get to a higher level. Its so easy to use on your phone I find it better then playing on a computer also if you like playing on facebook you can also connect to facebook through the app to compete against others which adds a bit more fun to the game. A great feature is that you can also save your game and come back to it later (useful if you enjoy the endless vision!)

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              A brilliant game for the iPhone

              I have been a fan of Bejeweled for many years, and when I got my iPhone 4, I was sure to look for the Bejeweled app for it.

              For those who have never played it, Bejeweled is a game where you have to switch some coloured gems around to make lines of 3 or more gems and then they disappear. Each removal of gems earns you points and the faster you work, the higher the points you get. There is also special gems and mulitpliers to enable you to get an even higher score. You can even earn score medals. It may not sound much, but try it on facebook and you will soon be addicted.

              The actual app for the iPhone is Bejeweled 2. It costs £1.79 to download to your iPhone from the app store, and normally I only get free apps, but this had to be done!

              The app has 4 game modes, Classic, Action, Endless and Blitz. Classic is the usual game of Bejeweled, where you just keep on going until you run out of moves. Action is where you play like usual, but you are against a sort of clock. If you keep enough moves going on, you will not run out of time, but do not make enough in a good amount of time, the game is over. Endless literally never ends! Blitz is the same as the Bejeweled game on Facebook. It lasts one minute, and you have to get the highest possible score you can.

              My personal favorite is Blitz, as I am usually quite good at it, and thanks to the app I can link the game to my Facebook, which allows me to post my scores and medals, see where I rank in the leaderboards against my friends and to buy boosts. For each game you play, you will earn coins, which you can use to buy boost items to enable you to potentially get large scores.

              The boosts are: Detonator, Mystery Gem, Scrambler, +5 Seconds and Free multiplier. These are all pretty self explanatory and when you go to "buy" them in the app, you can see the cost of each one and a short description of it. Each boost has 3 uses and you can only buy 3 different boosts to use at one time. I think that these boosts are brilliant and can really help to make the difference between 1st on the leaderboards and last on the leaderboards.

              I personally think that the graphics on this game are wonderful. They are very clean and clear with a nice precision on the detailing. The colours are nice and bold and bright, and the sounds are pretty good too. There are options to turn the sounds up and down, as well as the brightness and contrast of the graphics. This makes it suitable for everyone to play, as you won't have to play with it too bright or two dark.

              I can play this game for hours, as can most of my friends and family. It is so simple yet amazingly addictive! I definatley recommend this game to everyone who owns an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch as it provides great entertainment for only £1.79!

              *This review is also on Ciao under the user name of Hailee*

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