Developer: Pop Cap
Release Date: 2/21/2011
For Fans Of: Gems, Swapping, Shiny
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The Good: Addictive gem swapping, Action mode is the most addictive
The Bad: Average visuals, lacks modes, missing Blitz, only plays well on large screens
Everyone knows that Bejeweled started the gem swapping puzzle games and was one of the first games to start the casual gaming craze. Now that Bejeweled has been ported to every gaming device under the sun why not phones too? Bejeweled 2 is very simple with just two modes. The first is a classic which has you swapping matching colored gems with the usual three-of-a-kind style. Match four and you get a special gem that will wipe out that entire color you match it with. Match five and you get a hypercube which will clear an entire area. The visuals are pretty average and aren’t much to look at, but that classic gem swapping design is addictive and can keep you playing for a lot longer than you initially expected.
The second mode is Action which has a timer that counts down and every time you match gems it will go up some. The longer you play the faster it will drop so this mode keeps you on the edge. The third mode is Endless which has no penalties and no leveling for…well…endless play. I have to say that with these types of games modes are the big selling point and this game is lacking modes. The three modes are pretty standard, and the game is also lacking the awesome Blitz mode.
What is here is fun and will keep any casual fan busy for a long time, but the game is also good in short bursts. You can’t deny the addictive play style of matching gems because you get that “just one more!” feeling from it. I wish the graphics were a little more spruced up, but if you play the game on larger screens it is much easier to play. What is here is good just don’t expect anything revolutionary or even grand out of it.