Product Type: PopCap Games software for handheld and PDAs
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Bejeweled Blitz App
Bejeweled Blitz (iPhone / iPad)
Member Name: cath_del
Bejeweled Blitz (iPhone / iPad)
Advantages: Great fun, can play in whatever time limit, loads to do
Disadvantages: Upgrades are quite costly
Bejeweled Blitz is one of the best match three games around, and now it's been developed into an iPhone/iPad app by Popcap.This game is one of my favourites to play on the iPad as it fits in whether you want to play for 15 minutes or an hour. I wasn't sure to how good it would be when I first downloaded it as other match three games I've played on the iPad were basically a lot of freemium based and you could hardly do anything unless you purchased the in game currency, however this wasn't the case for Bejewled Blitz.
The game can be downloaded from the App store currently for free, however they do generate their money through in app purchases of the coins which help you buy upgrades. If you do play it regularly however, it does generate money quite quickly and I don't think it's really that necessary to make in- app purchases. Below are the prices for the coins that you can purchase:
100,000 coins - £1.49
270,000 coins - £2.99
715,000 coins - £6.99
1,800,000 coins - £13.99
5,500,000 coins - £34.99
The game is basically the same as the Bejeweled Blitz, where you have to move gems around the board to make groups of three or more to clear the gems off and gain points. Throughout the game, there is also chances that the game will drop in certain upgrades to your games which help you gain points faster and encourages you to actually try and work through the game quickly.
The main point of the in game currency is to allow you to unlock gems and crystals that will pop up randomly when you play asking if you want to purchase them. The things you can buy with these are quite handy, however they do dissapear after one play of them, so spending real money on them just isn't worth it in my opinion. They are best spent when you've saved up enough through playing or daily spins and are determined to beat your high score.
Aside from trying to beat your higher scores however, the game also adds in the element of being able to play both online through your Facebook or offline.
With offline play you can just try and beat your high score and work on perfecting your Bejeweled Blitz technique, so its great for if you are on a long car or train journey and in need of some entertainment. However, with online play, it has much more features. You can see your score along with all of your Facebook friends, so instead of just trying to beat your high score, you can try to get to the top of the leaderboard amongst all your fellow Bejewled Blitz players. Aside from comparing yourself to other players, they also offer you your own Stats board which was one of the main reasons I kept playing. Along with a graph showing you the ups and downs of your scores over the weeks that you play, they also have a fair bit of acheivements for reaching certain scores in which you have to play quite a bit to get them to the top level. This was a great addition and I probably spent hours trying to beat them.
Both graphics and sound are quite similar to the PC version of Bejewled Blitz that I have played, in that they are clear and detailed. The little explosions that happens when you clear off some of the gems is a nice tough to. However, if you are playing for long periods of time I did find that the music can get quite annoying as it does get repetitive.
Overall, I would definitely recommend this game. It is one of my favourites on the iPad and I can spend ages playing it because it gets so addictive trying to level acheivements and beating your high score. With a price thats free, you can't go wrong and it is as good as the PC version.
Summary: One of the best match three games for the iPad/iPhone
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