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Published on February 26th, 2011 | by Charlie

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Review: Bejeweled Blitz LIVE

Release Date: 23 February 2011 Genre(s): Puzzle Publisher(s): PopCap Games Developer: PopCap Games Rating: Everyone, 3+  

[Rating:7/10]

Bejeweled is back with its newest game, Bejeweled Blitz LIVE! This time, with the “twist”, which if you’ve played Bejeweled Twist, you may understand the concept. Released as part of the Xbox Live House Party. Bejeweled is back with its newest game, Bejeweled Blitz LIVE! This time, with the “twist”, which if you’ve played Bejeweled Twist, you may understand the concept. Released as part of the Xbox Live House Party. There are two types of games. The “classic” game and the “twist” game. In both of them, you have 60 seconds to match as many rows of gems as possible. These can vary from a row of 3, 4, 5 or even 6 (a row of six can only occur in Twist). A row of 3 will make the row disappear and give you points. A row of four will give you a Flame Gem, which explodes the area around it. A row of five will give you a Lightning Gem, which will electrify the row it is on vertically and horizontally. a row of six will give you a supernova gem, which will cause a massive implosion once it’s detonated. As far as achievements state, there are 50 levels to obtain in both types, and it’s harder than it seems. You need to be playing A LOT if you want to reach level 50, but a lot of people like level systems. Another problem with one achievement is that it requires you and your friends to get a total score of 1,000,000. What if you had no friends? (Just saying.) As enjoyable as the game is, it would be great if there was just a mode where you weren’t on a timer, like the original Bejeweled games, where you had to get as many points as you could until you run out if rows you can line up. However, the graphics are really nice, and very colourful, and will be amazed at how the colours collide into each other.

Yes. A supernova gem. Gaze at its epicness!

So “Classic” is rather simple. Just try and match up as many rows of gems as possible in 60 seconds. “Twist” is a little different, as you are given a circle to move, which can hold as many as 4 gems inside it. When you turn the circle, all the gems turn the same direction the circle moves, allowing you to place gems wherever you like. For example, you could have one gem on one side of the grid, and you could move it all the way to the other side. Twist allows you to also create a 6 gem row, which looks incredibly cool once detonated. In Classic, you can also earn something known as a Hypercube, which I will leave you to discover what it does. It is pretty cool though! The Xbox Live play is rather fun. You can either have a quick match, which will pair you up with somebody also going for a quick match, and you just compete with each other to get the highest score, a private match (self explanatory), or Party Mode, where you can compete up to 16 people to get as high up the bar as they can… or until you get bored of the game and drop out. I don’t exactly know what happens once you reach the top, but let me tell you, it takes a long time.

Ooooooh. Pretty Colours.....!

Bejeweled Blitz LIVE definitely deserves its place in PopCap’s blowing series. The game is colourful and entertaining to a certain extent. I would have preferred there to be a “classic classic” mode, where you carry on for as long as possible, or at least gems in both modes where you can add on extra time. I feel like 60 seconds to earn points is just not enough time to do much. Still, Bejeweled Blitz LIVE is an enjoyable experience.

[Rating:7/10]

The Good

  • Very colourful
  • Entertaining experience
  • Quick to join Xbox Live match
  • Level systems

The Average

  • Tough achievements

The Bad

  • Would like to see a “no timer” mode
  • You get a little bored after a long while (as with any other game, of course)

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  • bdavid81

    Sounds like a solid title, but after so many renditions of Bejeweled, I don’t see myself grabbing this until the inevitable 400 point sale.

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