The word “Bejeweled” is probably as recognizable among gamers as the words “Coca-Cola” are around the world. Bejeweled is one of the best Match-3 games ever made, and it has taken the casual gaming crowd by storm ever since its inception, to the point where few mobile game libraries can be found without the presence of Bejeweled.
Bejeweled 2 is the first entry in the series on the App Store. It’s a game based entirely around matching three, as are so many games on the platform, and while it provides addictive casual gameplay, it simply doesn’t do enough to earn top marks from us.
Bejeweled 2 presents the player with a screen full of differently colored jewels, and assigns points whenever you make three like-colored jewels touch. Appropriately flashy animations and sound accompany your successes, and special jewels appear whenever more than three jewels are connected. There is little more than that to the gameplay, however.
Each level has a different generic landscape backdrop to it, and each time you complete a level, the stage disappears into a wormhole of some kind. We zoomed, rather confusedly, through this wormhole many times, only to find that instead of a Wonderland, we were just delivered to yet another generic background, barely visible behind the plethora of brightly flashing jewels.
There are four modes in Bejeweled 2: Classic, Action, Endless, and Blitz. The first is the original game, the second adds a timer to that game, and the Endless mode is just that, with no endpoint or important objectives. Blitz is the only substantially different mode. It gives you one minute to accrue as many points as possible, which it then posts onto Facebook, where you can see how you stack up against your friends in the leaderboards.
Warning: gems may explode on contact.
Despite our complaints about the lack of creativity in some aspects of the game, Bejeweled 2 does work incredibly well on the iDevice, and it is as addicting as it always has been. It provides a good casual experience, and when that is combined with accumulating scores and Facebook bragging rights, the game becomes quite addictive. We think it’s a great game for the casual grab-and-go nature of the iDevice, as it allows us to satisfy that incessant gaming desire even in short periods of time.
Honestly, there are loads of Match-3 games that are more creative than Bejeweled 2. Some have plots, others have innovative settings, and still others have a unique character that Bejeweled 2 does not really capture. If simple and addictive is what you’re in the mood for, we recommend this game. If not, however, consider some of the others in the same field, and you may find that you enjoy them more.
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