There are some games that people never seem to get tired of, and the Bejeweled series is apparently one of them. In the latest installment, Bejeweled 3 adds onto what its predecessors began: lots of mouse-clicking and matching. The infectious challenge of eliminating brightly colorful gems before the seemingly brief timer runs out once again provides an entertaining way to spend one’s time.
The latest version of Bejeweled includes quite a few new features. One of the more prominent additions is a multitude of gem types. Along with hyper cubes, flame gems and star gems add more destructive power to one’s arsenal. Of course, in order to get them one must strategically match a certain amount of gems in particular formations. The most powerful gem, the supernova, is rather difficult to attain but is worth seeking for its sheer annihilation ability.
As enjoyable as the new gems can be, the new modes are what really make Bejeweled 3 a time-consuming experience. The mode that one may spend a whole lot of continuous time with is the Quest mode. Here, the user is expected to complete a slew of different types of puzzle modes to acquire pieces of a mysterious artifact. As each artifact is unlocked, the predictably of the puzzles gets harder and they become mentally strenuous. Something about achieving until reaching a victorious end goal might entice users like me to return to this mode quite frequently.
Other new secret modes in Bejeweled 3 balance speed with strategy very well. Poker mode requires users to match a certain amount of gems depending on the familiar rules of poker. It doesn’t help that, as levels progress, certain gem poker hands are prevented and thereby force the user to be more creative with their matching. Ice Storm mode is absolute mayhem due to the manic breaking of ice in a frighteningly short amount of time. The cutest mode, Butterflies, may sound like some kind of spin off of Zen mode. However, let’s just say that knocking out an onslaught of colorful butterflies produces one’s own July 4th celebration.
As evidenced in full by the Butterflies mode, the overall graphics for Bejeweled 3 are stunning. The gems positively glisten and shine throughout each level, though one is often too busy matching them to notice in detail. When one does have a breather, the muted color landscapes behind the gems tend to be ethereal in nature, but also provide their own detailed scenery. In one setting, the player can see small outlines of birds circling a castle tower. No one is going to claim that the graphics of Bejeweled 3 compares to most modern console games, but the color, shapes, and smooth transitions of the graphics make this game one of the more attractive options in puzzle gaming.
Due to its addictive nature, one will likely spend a lot of time unlocking modes and achievements in Bejeweled 3. Although the game could be completed in 10 or so hours, there is a lot of replay value in the Classic and Zen modes. As a game that can be played when one has a moment on their smart phone or on the confines of their home computer, Bejeweled 3 once again shows that the ability to match colors in rows and columns can be a whole lot of fun for all ages.
Bejewled 3 is rated E (Everyone) by the ESRB. This game can also be found on: Windows, Mac OS X, PlayStation Network, Xbox Live Arcade, and Nintendo DS