Griptonite Games (co-developer for DS)
|Engine||PopCap Games Framework|
|Release date(s)||October 27, 2008 (Microsoft Windows)
November 30, 2009 (browser)
May 7, 2009 (mobile)
December 14, 2009 (DSiWare)
January 19, 2010 (Nintendo DS)
Instead of swapping two gems, the player rotates a set of four gems. Not every move has to form a line of three, but each time a line is formed during a move, a multiplier chain will increase which will multiply points earned during the game. The multiplier chain will be broken if a move is made which does not line up three or more gems. There are several different modes of gameplay available.
The player tries to match gems together, and the resulting matches contribute to a level up bar at the left of the screen. When the bar is filled, the player is warped onward to the next level. The game ends when an active Bomb Gem or Doom Gem counts down to zero, at which point the game board is destroyed and the game ends.
The Zen mode is similar to the Classic mode, but do not include Bomb, locked, or Doom gems, therefore it continues endlessly and the player can never lose. This mode is intended for beginners and for those who want a more relaxed place of gameplay.
Challenge Mode is made up of several different challenges. Each challenge has a certain requirement to be met, or an amount of gems to destroy. In the first level of the 'Detonator' challenge, the player must destroy 8 gems in a single move. The second level has the objective of destroying 12 gems in a single move without using any Lightning gems. Another challenge, the 'Spectrum' challenge, at level one, the player is tasked with having 3 red matches on the board at once. If all levels of a challenge are finished, the player will unlock the "Eclipse" mode of that challenge, in which the player has to score as many points as possible in a limited time and condition given.
Blitz is the new name for the original Bejeweled game's timed mode. The gameplay is the same as in Classic mode, but with a time limit of five minutes to amass as many points as possible. The game ends when a Bomb Gem counts down to zero, or the five minutes are up. As the game progresses, the announcer will alert the player how much time remains starting at one-minute intervals, then thirty seconds, and finally ten seconds. A new addition to this mode is the Speed Bonus, which allows the player to score more points by making many matches quickly.
Normal gems come in eight different colors and shapes such as square-shaped rubies, rhombus-shaped topazes, sphere-shaped diamonds, decagonal emeralds, crystal-shaped sapphires, triangle-shaped amethysts, pentagon-shaped obsidian and hexagon-shaped gold . There are also several gems only available in Classic and Blitz as well as gems caused by matches of more than three gems:
The soundtrack to the game is composed by Finnish musician Peter Hajba, known by his demoscene nickname Skaven, and Phillipe Charon. The voice in the main menu and during gameplay is performed by Ken Tamplin. In the Xbox 360 version, it is voiced by Lani Minella.
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