Bejeweled 3

Common Sense Media says

Extraordinarily fun and challenging match-3 puzzle game.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Like the titles that came before it, Bejeweled 3 is a puzzle game that challenges players to think through each move on the game board. The game encourages players to use their head to solve the various challenges in the game.

Positive role models

There is no main character in the game, therefore no role model. Bejeweled 3 is a straightforward puzzle game that doesn't star any characters.

Ease of play

Bejeweled 3 is very easy to pick up and play -- even for those as young as 4 or 5 years old -- but through experience (or age!), gamers will figure out more advanced strategies to succeed in the game on the harder levels.

 

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Bejeweled 3 is a family-friendly puzzle game for players of ages. There are no images or references to violence, sex, foul language, or drinking, smoking, or drug use. There are no characters or locations either, as the gameplay focuses on swapping colored gems on a game board. The soundtrack doesn't contain any lyrics, and the game cannot be played online against others (therefore no risk of chatting with strangers).

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Kids say

What's it about?

If you thought Tetris was fun, wait until you put your mouse-clicking finger on PopCap's BEJEWELED 3 (free to try, $20 to buy), the latest in the best-selling "match-3" puzzle series. You know the drill: swap adjacent jewels on a board to create a match of at least three same-colored ones, vertically or horizontally, so that they're removed from the board. Make special gems by creating 4 or 5 in a row or special letters, such as the "L" or "T." This sequel includes multiple new modes (including four "secret" challenges), many varied minigames, unlockable extras, and high-quality graphics, music, and sound effects.

Is it any good?

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Bejeweled 3 is a fabulous puzzle game on the computer. It includes nearly all of the game modes found in its predecessors (except for Bejeweled Blitz, unfortunately), but adds four new game modes to test your skill. Excellent options include Quest, with many different levels and challenges within this mode, and Poker, where you must make the best poker hand possible using the colored gems on the board (including pairs, three-of-a-kind, flush, full house, and more). Truly, there are hundreds of hours of gameplay here, for the entire family (and everyone can play the modes they like best). Higher-production values -- such as better graphics and music -- also add to the fun.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why they think Bejeweled has become the most popular puzzle game in the world -- with more than 50 million units sold across 17 different platforms. One of the versions of the game sells at the rate of one copy every 4.3 seconds, says PopCap. What's the appeal? Is the puzzle mechanic universal? Good for the whole family? Easy to pick up but hard to master? Relaxing and stimulating at the same time?

  • Families can also talk about how to manage the amount of time that kids play games.

Game details

Platforms:Windows, Mac
Price:$19.95
Available online?Not available online
Developer:PopCap Games
Release date:December 7, 2010
Genre:Puzzle
ESRB rating:E for N/A (Mac, Windows)

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Kid, 12 years old January 22, 2011
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Parent of a 2 and 9 year old Written bydizzydevil January 7, 2011
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good for everybody

i love playin this game it helps kids with the focous
What other families should know
Too much consumerism
Great messages
Kid, 12 years old December 29, 2010
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5+

Kids under 5 probably won't be able to play, but if they can, game on!
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