A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
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.
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.
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