What parents need to know
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).
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?
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.