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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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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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
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Teen, 15 years old Written byFreedomSeeker October 20, 2012
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Dazzling, Bejeweling Game. One of the must try games.

I believe that Bejeweled 3, the sequel to Bejeweled 2, is one of the most dazzling and entertaining games. Popcap games has satisfied countless people on this timeless sequel, and is one of the most addicting games ever. The game has 8 modes, Classic, Poker (it does not contain any language, although it does contain vocabulary such as 'full house', 'flush', etc which should not be a problem), Zen (helps relaxation as well as positive subliminal messages that can be turned on to relieve stress and to promote well being), Butterflies, Diamond Mine, Ice Storm, Quest mode, and Lightning. The gameplay itself is dazzled with amazing graphics, 3D gems and special effects which make it a colorful feast to the eyes. The soundtrack is what 'lights up' the entire game- composed by Skaven 252 (Peter Hajba) and Alexander Brandon, the soundtrack is absolutely dazzling and melodic to the ears- especially the 4 Zen Soundtracks that helps most people relax and meditate. It is a blissful wonder- it never gets boring- now that there are 8 modes and countless challenges to blast and match the way through. 5/5, absolutely amazing, totally worth 20$ dollars! I absolutely recommend this game to people who desire something dazzling. Additionally, people can improve thinking with this game, to strategize and to think of the moves beforehand to achieve the maximum possible scores. Thank you, Popcap, and thank you to all the developers, and for the music, Peter Hajba and Alexander Brandon!
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