By Erin Bell,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Spiffy update breathes new life into match-3 puzzle classic.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Kids can learn to think strategically as they choose when to deploy power-ups for maximum effect, and how to swap jewels to cause high-scoring cascades. Through Bejeweled's Zen Mode, players can practice a rudimentary form of meditation by enabling soothing ambient sounds and breathing modulations as they play. Zen mode also optionally displays positive mantras like "I take charge of my life," and "My body is perfect right now," which are intended to improve mental health through positive thinking. Bejeweled remains the crown jewel of match-3 gameplay but is shallow from a learning standpoint.
Ease of Play
The game is easy to pick up and play, and tutorials adequately explain the new modes. Players can click a hint button to reveal a possible move.
Products & Purchases
The main menu contains link to download Bejeweled Blitz from the app store. There's also a link to buy other PopCap games in the app store.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Bejeweled is an updated version of the classic match-3 puzzle game with three new modes. It replaces the app called Bejeweled 2 following PopCap's decision to retire Bejeweled 2 from the app store. Players who have already purchased Bejeweled 2 can update to the new Bejeweled for free, or they may continue to play Bejeweled 2 if they prefer.
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Based on 1 parent review
Not as good as Candy Crush.
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What’s It About?
In Bejeweled, players drag their finger to swap jewels in a grid in order to create rows of three to five like-colored jewels and clear them from the board. Players advance to the next level by achieving a certain numbers of points. The game ends when there are no more moves left.
Is It Any Good?
Apparently sequels are confusing, at least on the app store. Bejeweled, which replaces Bejeweled 2 on iTunes, actually incorporates three new modes from Bejeweled 3 on PC. Confused yet? The good news is that the classic match-3 gem swapping gameplay is as fun as it is simple, and the new modes and graphical upgrades breathe new life into the classic gem-swapping format. Besides Classic mode, there's also Diamond Mine (where players swap gems to break ground at the bottom of the screen before time runs out), and Zen, a relaxed mode that lets players choose soothing ambient sound effects, modulate their breathing with an on-screen guide, and display positive mantras like "I am strong and secure."
Talk to Your Kids About ...
If your kids like match-3 puzzles, check out a few others so kids can compare and contrast gameplay to discover their favorites.
Spend some time brainstorming some personal mantras with your kids that could help them recognize and reinforce the positive things in their lives.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Skills: Health & Fitness: meditation, mental health, Thinking & Reasoning: strategy
- Release date: December 8, 2011
- Category: Puzzle Games
- Publisher: PopCap
- Version: 1.0
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 3.1 or later
- Last updated: August 19, 2016
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