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Review: Bejeweled

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Quick Info

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Additional Notes

Summary of major issues
There's nothing to worry about in this game. It's perfectly clean!

Screenshots


A typical game of Bejeweled.


At the end of a level, gems drain into the grid.


A quick view of the timed game mode.

General Information

Genre:Match 3Age Rating:Everyone (Ages 3+)
License:CommercialQuality Rating:Average
Played on:Martha & Thaddeus
Available from: Steam
Save System:You can pause by pressing ESC, but your game will also be automatically saved when you exit the program.

When you come back later, you're given the choice to continue or start a new game. If you start a new game, your previous one is gone forever.

Game Overview

When Bejeweled came out, it quickly became one of the most popular games out there. This sudden rise to fame brought Match 3 games to the mainstream gaming community and proved that casual games could be serious competition for the more established AAA games.

As far as its gameplay is concerned, Bejeweled is a straightforward Match 3 title. Every level centers around a grid filled with gems. To clear gems, you swap two neighboring gems to create a row or column of three or more gems of the same type. Once enough matches have been made, the grid is cleared and a new level begins.

The game comes to an end when there are no more valid moves (or you run out of time in the Timed Game mode). At this point, your score is recorded on the local leaderboards and it's up to you to try again. Unfortunately, this simplicity and its ages works against the original Bejeweled. Aside from being much simpler than newer games, it's also starting to have trouble running on modern systems. I would suggest getting Bejeweled 3 instead.

Pros

Easy to learn and play
Since there are very few rules to learn or remember, Bejeweled is an excellent time waster for anyone that needs a quick break. Learning to play only takes a moment, and from there it's just a matter of time before you've reached a high score.


Cons

Most kids will lose interest in this game easily
Children are hard-wired to seek out stimulation, and this works against the original Bejeweled. It's slow, quiet and generally pretty repetitive. After a few rounds, there isn't anything new to see, and kids will lose interest. Newer games in the series make up for this with flashier graphics, fancy animations and new game modes that test your reflexes.


Compatibility issues
This is an old program, and it shows. In order to run on a modern computer, it usually ends up using a compatibility mode. Even with the help of this alternate mode, the game is stuck at a very low resolution and the custom cursors don't work.


Concerns and Issues

One of the most inoffensive games out there
The simple design and small amount of content simply don't provide much room for questionable material.