Bejeweled. The name of the game is legendary among casual game players. Even your Grandma knows about Bejeweled. When it first debuted in 2001, businesses around the world felt a severe dip in productivity as their workers couldn’t resist the oddly addictive game mechanic of matching three colored gems together, watching them disappear, and having the board rearrange. The game has been downloaded more than half a billion (!) times and more than 75 million copies have been sold. Yoicks.
Bejeweled 2 made its debut on Xbox LIVE way back in 2005 and while it had all the great traditional gameplay, it is perhaps more famous for its brutal and near-impossible achievements. Bejeweled Blitz LIVE, released earlier this year, featured a one-minute blitzkrieg version of the game perfect for those who tend to guzzle energy drinks and for whom caffeine is a barbiturate.
And now we have Bejeweled 3 releasing October 19 for 1200 Microsoft Points. So what do you do to gussy up an iconic match-3 game? You create new game modes, and provide lots of incentives and rewards. The game starts out with four game modes: Classic, Lightning, Zen, and Quest. Classic mode is the traditional untimed Bejeweled game, the perfect option for when you don’t want to be pressured or rushed but just want to play. If you love the adrenaline, then try Lightning mode where you must make as many matches as possible in sixty seconds (basically the concept behind Bejeweled Blitz LIVE).
Come down from that experience with Zen Mode, the endless version of the game which is meant to be relaxing, but you’ll still be trying to score major points and creating hypercubes anyway. The last basic game mode is Quest, where you attempt different mini-game challenges to acquire gems and release relics. For instance, the first four quests are: match 15 butterflies before the spider eats them, dig for five nuggets of gold before the time runs out, turn the entire grid to gold before time runs out, and match 120 gems in 20 moves or less. What??! I hear you say: Butterflies? Gold nuggets? Yep, those come from the “Secret” game modes.
There are four new game modes that are unlocked by completing certain tasks in the regular game modes:
These new game modes are simple in concept, but force you to consider your normal Bejeweled strategies in a different way. Butterflies and Diamond Mine are especially fun (still stuck at the 160-foot mark in the latter). But in order to keep you playing through those new game modes, Bejeweled 3 offers up a two-tier reward system, with both the standard Xbox LIVE achievements and in-game badges that are awarded for skillful play. There are 15 common badges to earn, each of which comes in bronze, silver, gold, and platinum levels. There are also 5 elite badges for the truly difficult challenges (such as finishing Quest Mode). If you’re a perfectionist, you’ll be doing lots of practice (and grinding) to get all the badges at least up to gold (where you earn an achievement) and to reach Level 40 which earns you an elite badge.
There is tons of great gameplay in Bejeweled 3. It’s easy to learn, as even the new game modes are fairly simple in concept. But it’s going to be tough to max out your achievements on this one. This is also the kind of game that’s just perfect for the newcomer to video games. Grandma will be more than happy with the new developments but so will any lover of puzzle and match-3 games. Check out the demo on Xbox LIVE Marketplace October 19.
Diamond Mine is my favorite, you know it was actually what Bejeweled was supposed to look like!?
OMG I LOVE Diamond Mine, the farthest I got was 620 feet.
While it's still a good game, it just doesn't have that same feeling Bejeweled 2 does. I do enjoy Diamond Mine though!
I love this game!!
Can't wait to try out diamond mine
My wife loves any Bejeweled OMG drives me crazy
I can not wait for it to come out.
I love bejeweled! Its a shame its quite samey though. Such fun!
Hello my friends i love thisa game
This is way better then the 2nd
haven't tried diamond mine out yet, but the few levels i played in the trial were excellent. now get on with pvz2 popcap!!
Wow! I gotta save up me points and get this.
I feel like with 3 versions of bejeweled available, the price point on 3 is too high