Product Type: PopCap Games software for handheld and PDAs
Newest Review: ... the game is very simple. You have 60 seconds to match as many shapes as you can. They have to be more than 3 in a row. If you get 5 the sha... more
Blitz the diamonds
Bejeweled Blitz (iPhone / iPad)
Member Name: Stewwydablue
Bejeweled Blitz (iPhone / iPad)
Advantages: Quick to master, not too taxing to play
Disadvantages: Not many opportunities for progression
Eight years ago, when my wife was on her maternity leave, prior to giving birth she became hooked on a game called Bejewelled on the computer, and I caught the bug too! Eight years later, Bejewelled has spawned a large choice of spin off games, in particular Bejewelled Blitz which is available for free as a phone app.
For those that aren't familiar with the Bejewelled style of game, they involve a grid filled with different coloured diamonds. You can swap the diamonds with neighbouring diamonds of the same colour in order to connect three or more of the same coloured shapes. Once matched, those shapes disappear, points are scored and new diamonds drop down into the field of play from the top of the screen.
Bejewelled Blitz has only one screen, with an 8x8 grid of diamonds. Unlike most Bejewelled games, there are no levels to progress through. Instead, you have one minute to score as high as possible by matching diamonds in order to earn gold coins. Power ups assist you to score highly, which are available by spending the in-game earned gold coins. Once you have activated the special explosive diamond that matching four or more creates, a multiplier gem will enter the field of play and every time this is matched your score will increase accordingly.
The power ups available to buy are:
Detonator - detonates all special gems twice per game
Scrambler - scrambles all gems twice in a game
+5 seconds - adds an extra 5 seconds play time to the end of the game
Mystery gem - starts the game with a random special gem
X2 Multiplier - starts the game with x2 multiplier gem already on screen
These power ups range from 4000 to 7500 coins to buy, and each one lasts for 3 games.
Also, there is the chance to buy special gems which explode at the end of the game and increase your bonus score - these are very expensive and not really worth the extra score / coins gained from them.
The game is able to connect to Facebook from your phone which enables you to be ranked against any Facebook friends who might also play this game, but Facebook connection is not essential in order to be able to play.
The gameplay took about two goes for me to master which I suppose is a good thing if you're short on patience, but some may find this too easy and not challenging enough. I'd say that if it wasn't for the daily free spin of a one armed bandit which pays out coins, it would take hundreds of plays to earn enough for the decent power ups. At least the daily free bonus gives a good amount of coins - it varies but is usually in the tens of thousands each day.
I'd recommend this game to those who like easy to master, quick to play games on their phone as a way of passing a couple of spare minutes whilst on a bus for example. As it's available for free from the iPhone apps store, there's nothing much to lose if you download it and then decide it isn't for you. I would prefer it if the game had more progression - more items to unlock, different screens / levels etc, but overall I enjoy it, mainly because I only play it in short sharp bursts as there isn't enough gameplay and variation to hold my interest for too long.
Four out of five stars - doesn't get the full amount for it's lack of progression opportunities.
Summary: Not bad for free
|Variety of features:|