What parents need to know
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?