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What 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.
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."
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Spend some time brainstorming some personal mantras with your kids that could help them recognize and reinforce the positive things in their lives.