“ Manufacturer: PopCap / Genre: Puzzle / Release Date: 2005 „
When it was in PC version, I absolutely loved this game, so you can only imagine how thrilled I was at it coming out on my favorite games console, Xbox 360.
I brought the game off the Xbox Arcade rather than buying it in a shop, as it was handy to have downloaded to the harddrive ( though it was on my boyfriend's harddrive, not my own =[ ).
From the start I could see it was the same old classic game that I was expecting. It's really fun, and if you've never played it before I highly recommend.
I think the best thing about it was the different modes you could have. There's Normal, which you try and get as many points as possible, a beat-the-clock type mode, where you need to see what level you can get in the short period of time you have, but I think my favorite is the continuous mode, where the game is literally never-ending. Although I suppose after a while it would get a bit dull, if you're looking at a way to pass the time or chill out, playing the continuous mode is perfect, as you can just constantly play without worrying about scores or timing, and it's really relaxing.
The gameplay is very swift and smooth, the colours are bright and attractive, and I think the best thing about it is how simple it is to use. On occasion when I could rope my mum into playing Xbox, I always put her on this game, and as we all know, mums and technology of any kind don't go, but I put the controller in her hand, told her the gist of the game, showed her that all you had to do was use the left stick to move around and the right trigger to select things, she was off and away without any more instruction, and she was amused for hours!
Bejeweled 2 Deluxe is a game that is hugely popular, not so much on the Xbox 360 but it has a very strong following from PC gamers. That is not to say that the game isn't just as good on the 360. Whilst it can get repetitive the real rewards come with sticking to the game, as huge scores can be achieved when players learn how to manipulate the grid of jewels to their advantage. The aim is to create rows or columns of three or more same coloured jewels in order to destroy them and allow more to fall into the grid.
There are several modes in the game including a Timed Mode and a Puzzle Mode, not to mention the infamous "Endless Mode", the name of which says it all. As well as the 4 modes that are available as soon as you get the game, there are also an additional 4 modes that are unlockable if the player masters the previous 4. As you can probably tell this game is a bargain at only 800MP (around £6).
The graphics and sound is very good, and whilst obviously not as exceptional as fully fledged Xbox 360 titles they suit the game well.
There are a lot of fun sounds which suit the game well, as well as varying background music dependant on what stage the player is on. The sounds range from explosions created, warp sounds to the small clinks of the jewels. There is even a commentator to tell you when you have just created a huge combo! There is no better sound on Xbox Live Arcade that the mysterious deep voiced man of Bejeweled 2 going " Excellent!" when you get a long combo!!
As for the graphics the game as a whole is colourful, but not over-complicated whilst the backgrounds add extra detail to the gameplay. The game needs simple graphics if I'm honest though, as if it was too complicated it would be hard to find the different combinations of jewels and the different combos that are available.
Overall I highly recommend this game as it has a huge lifespan, as well as being totally addictive and taking a long time to master. It should also be noted to any potential buyer that this game is also available on the "Arcade Unplugged" disk. The only critisism that I have is that the achievements are near impossible!
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