Bejeweled 3 – First Impressions

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I downloaded a copy of Bejeweled 3 last week and I have been itching to get into this game since I got it, but finals week has annihilated any free time I’ve had.

Finally, winter break is here and I can play to my hearts content.  Normally priced at $19.95, I got it courtesy of PopCap Games to try out on my PC. (Thanks PopCap! You rock!)

If you’ve never played Bejeweled before, I highly recommend it. I just got a new phone and need to download it desperately because it’s one of my favorite games to play. Basically you have a screen full of jewels which you have to try to match up in rows of three or more. The more you can match up, the better your score. Each time you match a row, they disappear and more jewels drop down to take their place.

There are new game modes which I was excited to try. I like the basic Bejeweled game but it’s always fun to play other game modes which can offer you a new challenge. The modes are: Classic (of course), Zen, Lightning, and Quest. I played Classic for while (refreshing my intimidating Bejeweled skills), and then moved onto the other modes to get a feel for them.

Zen mode is a really chill, relaxed, no-pressure mode. You can play forever on this mode. New jewels just keep dropping onto the screen to match up so you can keep going endlessly.  I would suggest this mode if you are looking for something to kill time and want a fun way to do it. Apparently there are also little audio-visual effects you can tailor to your liking to help you fully achieve that “Zen state” while playing. I have yet to play with these but I’ll figure out what works best for me. I like that you can customize this mode and it’s the one I think I liked most besides Classic.

Lightning mode scares me a little. I’m not very fast and so I have trouble keeping up with these fast versions of games. It’s challenging and moves quickly (hence the name). The faster you go, the better your score. You can even achieve things like speed bonuses which adds additional points to your score at the end of each round. I only played this for a bit because I didn’t do very well. I’ll have to give it another go. This is the type of mode I’d recommend to those of you who like lots of fast paced, exciting  game-play.

Quest mode gives you different stages to beat in order to level up. I haven’t played this one yet but I’ll let you know what I think when I do.

Overall this game has met my expectations.  The only complaint I’ve had so far is that I don’t really dig the music, but that’s hardly a deal breaker. It’s fun, challenging, and one that I’d recommend to anyone. I give it 9 out of 10 Jewels. Stay tuned for more details on the game.

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