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The Gem of All Puzzle Games!
on November 17, 2011
Bejeweled is the game that all Match 3 games aspire to be like, so you have to expect that when this arrived on DS that is has to be the BEST, right? Well it absolutely IS. I own probably 20 or more match 3 games, and they all pale in comparison to Bejeweled 3. This would have been a fine game just to have basic Bejeweled and nothing more but they added SO much more to it to round out what is an absolutely perfect and hugely entertaining game!!
Here is a breakdown of all of it's awesome aspects!
Classic mode: This is the best of Bejeweled. Just straight gem matching, as you have always known, but a few colossal power-ups to jazz up the game, such as the Flame Gem for matching 4 in a row (and this gem busts several in a small area when activated). Then there's the Star Gem which you get for matching a series of 5 gems in a T or L shape, and when this gem is activated it's awesome, it makes a giant T shape (horizontal & vertical rows) explosion of gem clearing. And then there are the Hypercubes which are given for matching 5 gems in a line. These gems when activated will clear all like gems on the board (i.e. if you swap it with an orange gem, it clears all orange gems). And lastly, the Supernova Gem that you get for clearing 6 in a row. This one clears a TON of gems on your board when activated! It's a gem exploding frenzy!
Classic mode plays until there are no more moves left on the board, just like on the PC version. It's awesome.
Zen mode is very much like Classic but a bit more relaxed. It claims to be endless and I am inclined to believe that because I have never yet finished a game of this. Fortunately it saves where you leave off so you can go play for as little or as long as you want and not lose your progress! :)
Lightning mode is crazy fun. It's a frantic 60 seconds (to start) of gem swapping that you have to do fast in order to keep going. You can add more time by swapping time gems or other special gems and also get a Blazing Speed bonus too. It's chaotic but fun, especially if you think Bejeweled is just too relaxing! :) This lightning mode really gets crazy!
Quest mode is another unique Bejeweled mode that has you complete 40 different single-game tasks such as clearing a specific number of gems, or balancing clearing 15 red and 15 blue gems, or matching 15 butterfly gems, or many other unusual tasks. It's a very nice change of pace from the usual Bejeweled game that still plays similar but changes it up a bit.
Ice Storm mode is one of my favorites. This has columns of ice, rapidly rising up from the bottom as you swap gems, and if you are not super-fast in your gem matching, these ice columns will jam, freeze, then crack your board and end the game! It's another frantic mode that is a lot of fun, and is hard to beat but exciting to master.
There are 3 more modes that I unlocked but have not played yet: Butterfly, Poker, and Diamond Mine. According to my manual, Butterfly mode has you match butterflies with same color gems to keep them out of a spider web. Poker has you use 5 matches to create gem-studded playing cards and build hands like Full House, Flush, 2 pair, etc. Diamond Mine has you dig into dirt and rocks to collect gold, diamonds, and artifacts by matching gems near the bottom of the board. You get 90 seconds to clear the first line and each time you clear a line, you add more time.
Rounding out this game are several more awesome details to track just how good you are at Bejeweled! At the end of every game, it tells you how long you played, what your experience level is, how many special gems you got, what your best scoring move was, etc.
There are 65 badges you can earn for special achievements in the game (many of these are counted as bronze, silver, gold, and platinum of certain challenges).
And on your Records page, it tells your high scores for all game modes, shows all your badges, and tells why/how you achieved them, and on the stats page it tells your game experience level, how many gems (total) you have matched, how many of the power up gems you have acquired (each), what your "favorite" (or most matched) gem color is, how much of the quest mode you have completed, your all time highest score for any move, and your total time played.
Bejeweled 3 is the best match 3 game in existence, in my personal opinion. It has it ALL, and is fun for anyone and everyone who likes to play any kind of video game! Even if you are not so much into playing a game with the stylus, this can also be controlled easily and entirely with the buttons instead if you prefer! But with the stylus, it is precise and easy to use and just feels right to me. Also the graphics are vividly colorful, crisp and beautiful. This game has not one single flaw, and I don't think I have ever been able to say that about a video game before! This is the very best there is! I give it my 100% recommendation!