My first love affair with puzzle games came with Popcap’s iconic game, Bejeweled. I played on PC first, then on pre-Android phones I owned, and now finally on the series of Android devices I currently have. It’s the classic, solid matching puzzle game which I always come back to from time to time, if I wanted a break from the newer, more gimmicky selections from the genre.
The Need For Speed
Bejeweled Blitz in no newcomer to the mobile gaming world, but it’s just recently reached the Android platform. The difference is in the world “blitz”, where a 60-second limit is imposed with each round. There are no other game modes in this little version, and that’s either a good or bad thing, depending on what type of gamer you are.
Fast Yet Stimulating
There’s no difference, however, to the rules. You still have to match three to five similar gems in a grid of 64 randomly positioned gems. You get bonus gems if you match four to five in specific shapes or patterns. For instance, a T-shaped match creates a lightning bolt of some sort, which is a cool way to get pumped up in a span of a minute.
The short amount of time you spend in the game feels frantic, compelling and is a visual treat. Cool, zapping effects create the drama needed in appropriate times, while crisp and vibrant graphics encourage your brain to go on hyperdrive. Truly, Popcap is an expert when it comes to brilliantly designed games, and Bejeweled Blitz is just a tiny but excellent example.
If you feel the one-minute limit is too hard, you can buy up to three boosts, including a 5-second extension on the time limit. These boosters expire after each game session, so be sure to earn as many coins to keep renewing them. You can also unlock special gems, which give you extra coins after each round.
Another cool feature is being able to share your high scores on Facebook, and even compete with your friends.
As awesome as this game is, and as much as I love the original version, Bejeweled Blitz is just too short-lived for me. There isn’t really much to look forward to, except for playing the game over and over and wishing you’re faster and better this time around. I like to take my time with puzzles, so this game unfortunately does not let me do that. With its one-minute time limit, it becomes a game of reflexes more than strategy, or a combination of both if you’re really, really good.
On the other hand, if you’re looking for a fast, fun and exciting puzzle to pass the time, this is an excellent choice.