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This review was submitted by regular Kotaku commenter welbot. If you’ve played Bejeweled Blitz, or just want to ask welbot more about it, leave your thoughts in the comments below.
Bejeweled Blitz (PC)
Most people are familiar with Bejeweled by now, and the format hasn’t changed a lot. It’s still all about matching 3s, 4s and 5s, but instead of endlessly playing with your jewels waiting to run out of moves, you’re limited to one minute of play. You can also sign in to Facebook to post scores and compete with friends.
Matching: It’s simple and familiar, which means there’s not much new to learn, but as Blitz is time limited, it’s all about matching as fast as possible. The faster you match, the more multipliers you get, which can lead to some insanely high scores.
Graphics: You can actually play Blitz on Facebook for free, but if you purchase the downloadable version you get the luxury of having sexy HD full screen jewels. It was a bit of a headspin at first, but the colours and sharpness of everything at 1920×1200 is just hot like Jessica Alba!
Time Limit: Only having one minute to play is great if you have just a few minutes to spare here and there. You can easily jump on, play a round, and know you can leave a minute later.
Bonuses and Acheivements: The addition of a few new bonus gems when matching more than three gems is pretty cool. It’s so satisfying to see whole rows and columns being blitzed in an instant. There’s also some nice bonuses you can purchase using the coins you collect through the game. They range from five seconds of extra time to bonus special jewels when you start the game. All that combined with achievements gives you a sense of satisfaction when you get them, and of course entices you to come back and play more until you get the ones you don’t have.
Time Limit: As much as I love the time limit, I hate it just as much! You’re always left wanting just a few more seconds…
Facebook Link: While this is a great feature, if you happen to be signed in to Facebook and then sign in to the game it logs you out of the browser. This is a real pain in the ass when you’re trying to chat to people on there at the same time.
Contest: There’s a feature that lets you compete for the highest team score every week to win prizes, but it’s only open to people who live in the US, Canada and UK.
Giving It To My Wife: Worst mistake EVER! She’s totally addicted, and plays it for at least three hours every night. Drives me nuts!
If you love the previous versions of Bejeweled, chances are you’ll love this one too. Very handy for quick fixes of gameplay, but it also has the potential to be very addictive due to the Facebook link. If you have a few friends who play it, you could spend hours just trying to top their score. It’s fantastic that you can try for free on facebook first and, if you decide to purchase, the hot HD graphics actually make it worthy of the $20 pricetag. Especially if you get as much play out of it as my wife has…
Reviewed by: welbot
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