I’ve always liked these types of games such as Bejeweled 2 as they’re easy to just pick up and play, and don’t make you feel annoyed at lack of ammo or the constant barrage of enemies. I’ve played the first Bejeweled on the LG Viewty and found it good fun, and this is exactly the same, albeit with a few more game types.
These different game types are Classic, Action, Puzzle and Endless.
There all very straightforward and pretty much exactly the same game with a few minor tweaks.
Classic is the original version of the game and the only way to lose is if there are no more moves left. All you need to do to get to the next level is get 3 or more of the same gem in a horizontal or vertical line, which will then fill the bar up at the bottom of the board. It really is that simple. You get more points and your bar fills up quicker with combos, which are very satisfying to see.
Get 4 in a row and one of them turns into a bomb like a gem. Get this gem in another line of 3 of the same colour and all the gems surrounding it will explode.
Get 5 in a row and one of them changes into a ‘special’ gem, which, when you get another row of, for instance, red gems, will destroy all red gems on the board.
Action is a ‘beat the clock’ version of the Classic game. But you have to be quicker with this as the bar below the board slowly goes down, so you have to make sure you’re matching as many gems as possible to fill the bar back up and progress to the next level.
Puzzle is different from the others as you only have a select few gems on the board and you have to get rid of them in a certain order to progress. There are lots of these puzzles to do, with 5 puzzles on each planet and there are 17 planets. But you only need to complete 4 out of 5 on the planets to move onto the next.
Endless is, well, endless. Just keep playing until you feel like you can’t play anymore.
You’re limited to these 4 game types, but you don’t really expect anything else from games like this. The simpler ideas always seem to be some of the best, and this is good to waste an hour or 2.
As with most games nowadays, Bejeweled has Trophy support, but there aren’t many at all. 12 to be exact, and they’re very easy to collect, but I suppose it gives you an extra incentive to do well and go a bit further to build up your Trophy count.
They’ve tried to make it look as aesthetically pleasing as possible with a crisp, clean look, but there’s only so much you can do with a game like this. The backgrounds keep changing to give it a different look and it outputs at a maximum of 1080p so you can benefit from full HD, but I can’t really see this making much of a difference.
Overall, a fun game. A little different from Tetris, and more like Columns, but simple games like these always go down a treat. Bejeweled 2 is available now from the PlayStation Network for only £6.29.
3 out of 5
Danny ‘Ender’ Martin has been part of the Zath team from pretty much the very beginning since he met Zath himself at Leeds Met University whilst studying Business IT. He’s an avid gamer and a big film buff. Danny graduated from the University of Bradford with a degree in Computer Animation and SFX and now currently works at one of the biggest UK games developers, which will hopefully see some of his ideas hit the gaming world.