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Review: Bejeweled 2





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Quick Information

Rating: Pretty Fun
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Age Rating Suitable for everyone
License: Commercial
System used: Martha
Available From: Steam

Game Screenshots


Warping to a new level


More classic Match 3 gameplay


A puzzling situation

General Notes

While the name isn't particularly imaginative, this is the first sequel to Popcap's smash hit, Bejeweled. Aside from some graphical enhancements, there's a new game mode to try.

That said, I'd still argue that Bejeweled 3 is the best game of the series and would recommend it over this one.

Gameplay Summary

Bejeweled set the ball rolling, and now the sequel improves on it by adding the ability to create powerups when you make matches that involve more than three gems. By using these carefully, you can clear levels in a flashier and more awesome way.

More interesting is the addition of a puzzle mode. Here you're presented with a specific grid of gems and are tasked with clearing it in a fixed number of moves. If you make a mistake, you'll need to start the level over. You won't get stuck for long though, as there are plenty of hints available to guide you to the solutions.

The puzzles are grouped into various planets. Once you've solved enough puzzles on a planet, you can engage the warp drive and continue on. You don't even need to solve every level in order to view the game's ending.

Pros

No compatibility issues
Bejeweled 2 is still fairly old, but it's new enough to run on modern systems without a compatibility mode or other crutch. That said, the custom cursors still don't work.


Just as easy to learn and play as ever
One of the strong points about this series is that the game's rules can be learned within a few minutes. Each of the game's three modes follow the same basic rules, so you don't have to worry about learning anything more.


Puzzles to tease your brain
The puzzle mode features a total of 80 puzzles. This provides plenty of challenge for players that want one. Of course, the hints and ability to skip to another level ensure that you'll never be stuck too long on any one level. Finishing the puzzle mode earns you a little ending cutscene, and to be honest, it's sort of a mindscrew.


Groovy level transitions
New in Bejeweled 2 are level transitions. Instead of clearing the grid and presenting you with another, you'll go from one level to another by flying through a colorful rainbow wormhole.


Multiuser-friendly
Another new feature is the ability to have your own profile. This way everyone that plays the game can have their scores and progress stored separately.


Cons

It plugs its own sequel
Once the credits are done rolling, there's a line telling the player to watch out for Bejeweled 3, which is said to be coming soon. It's strange for a game to plug its own sequel, especially now that the sequel has been out for a while.


Concerns and Issues

You still can't get cleaner than this
Counting the weird ending, there simply isn't anything offensive to be found in this game.