Bejeweled Twist



New twist on the match-three puzzle is fun and challenging.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Both creative and analytical thinking can be useful in solving puzzles.

Positive role models

Players are forced to be observant and attentive. To succeed, you must be willing to tax your brain power and think in new and different ways.

Ease of play

This is one of those "minutes to learn, a lifetime to master" games. You can catch onto the rules and play relatively well without much effort, but the more  you play, the more you realize how much depth there is to the game and you discover new, more challenging strategies to achieve high scores.

Violence & scariness

"Bomb gems" must be matched before a timer hits zero or else your game is over. There is no violent explosion if this happens.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Bejeweled Twist is an addictive matching game that will be incredibly appealing to kids who love puzzle games, but may come off as too repetitive for kids who tend to require more action or plot in their video games. There's an outer space planet-jumping motif layered over the DS version of Bejeweled Twist, but it's purely decorative. For puzzle lovers, though, this should not be a negative.

What's it about?

BEJEWELED TWIST puts an intriguing new spin on the now-classic \"match-three\" puzzle genre. While the goal of the game remains to match three gems of the same color -- and thereby eliminate them from the gameboard -- the method by which you do so is entirely new. Rather than guiding falling jewels or swapping their positions on a grid, you rotate the jewels in groups of four, twisting sections of the gameboard in order to line up same-color patterns. You can play with or without a time limit, and with or without \"time bomb\" gems that will end your game if they are not eliminated before their timers run down.

Is it any good?


Fans of "match-three" puzzle games will definitely appreciate the ingenious new gameplay format of Bejeweled Twist. Puzzle fiends will get that thrill they're looking for whenever they manage to line up a row of same-colored gems, but the rotation aspect forces them to think in a whole new way. It's a great puzzle game in that it seems so simple at first, and then slowly reveals itself to be a much deeper, more complicated strategy game. Kids who are not into this style of puzzle game may not be brought into the fold by Bejeweled Twist, as there's no major change in the format throughout, but for the right kid, this can be a great new brainy pastime.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about brain games. Can a game with no plot and no heroes be exciting? Some puzzle games to add storylines and characters to flesh out the experience, but this one does not. Does that make it a less successful puzzle game? Or would those extraneous elements get in the way of enjoying the puzzles?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo DS, Windows, Nintendo DSi
Available online?Not available online
Developer:PopCap Games
Release date:February 2, 2010
ESRB rating:E for (No Descriptors}

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We would be good twins.............jus' saying................

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Too much violence
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Parent of a 3 and 6 year old Written bytnarmstrong April 23, 2011

Great game

My 6 year old was always wanting to play the original Bejeweled on my computer so when I saw this I had to get it for her. It took her a little to get the hang of it, but now she loves it!
Parent of a 10 year old Written byvalues December 23, 2010

Teaches problem solving and persistence.

Encourages problem solving because the jewels only turn clockwise and if you don't make matches every time you lose out on special fruit jewels that bring you many extra points. There are also challenges to increase your skills. It take some practice to get good at it but that encourages persistence.
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