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The Digest: While many of you are familiar with Bejeweled, prepare yourself for a new twist in the game with its fast pace and competitive matches. Although there isn’t a lot of content in the game, Bejeweled Blitz Live is great, addictive fun.

 

 

THE FACT SHEET

RELEASE DATE: February 23, 2011
PUBLISHER: PopCap Games
DEVELOPER: Torpex Games
ESRB RATING: “E” for Everyone
GENRE: Puzzle

PRODUCT OVERVIEW:
Get ready to experience Bejeweled in a whole new way. Bejeweled Blitz Live forces you to make matches while on the clock. You only have one minute to make as many matches as you can. Play to beat your friend’s high scores and play multiplayer locally as well as intense online multiplayer.

 

PRODUCT FEATURES:

  • It’s Bejeweled on the clock
  • Play in Classic or Twist modes
  • Leaderboards
  • Intense local multiplayer
  • Even more intense 16 player online multiplayer
    Over the last few years, millions of people worldwide became addicted to the jewel matching sensation known as Bejeweled. Just recently, a new type of way to play the game called Blitz mode has emerged on several platforms including iPhone and Facebook. This mode puts Bejeweled on the clock, giving players only one minute to make as many matches as possible. Bejeweled Blitz Live puts an emphasis on this mode and gives it an intense set of multiplayer modes.

The single player mode is all about beating your high score. You have one minute to make as many matches as possible and beat the high scores on the leaderboards. You can choose between classic mode and the newer twist mode, which some Bejeweled fans may prefer. I personally prefer classic mode, although it is easier to make matches in twist mode.  It is a great place to practice for the multiplayer modes—where Bejeweled Blitz Live shines—but it is all that the single player has to offer

In multiplayer, you compete with a friend or stranger for a higher score. You can receive more point for not just how many matches you make, but you are also judged on how stylish your moves are. There is a one-on-one battle mode that is playable online or offline. This mode is really fun and you will want to challenge your opponent again and again. Another mode, called Party Mode, allows you to compete with 16 players at once. You can easily see your ranking as you search for matches and get ranked at the end. I can guarantee that this mode of play is extremely addicting and you will eventually have to force yourself to stop.

In terms of presentation, Bejeweled Blitz is a very pretty game. The colors of the HD graphics really pop, and the sound is also nice and pleasant.

As for the gameplay, everything is very similar to the same Bejeweled that you know and love. Matching more than three jewels in a row will create new jewels that can destroy multiple jewels on the field when matched. Getting these matches are key to getting a high score, especially with the fast pace.

While there is a new control scheme, you still get the same great controls as previous Bejeweled games on Xbox Live Arcade. Now, you use the analog stick to control the cursor on screen, but for making your jewel move up, down, left, or right, you use the face buttons. Pressing the A button makes the jewel move down while pressing B makes it move right. This may be tough for Bejeweled players on Xbox 360 to get used to, but I felt that this control scheme works even better than the previous one. It can get confusing at first, but it works really well once you get used to it.

Conclusion: Since each match is a minute, it’s hard to get bored. I found myself playing over sixty Blitz rounds in one session and I was nowhere near tired of the game. The amount of content in Bejeweled Blitz Live is pretty scarce, but there is a very addictive quality to both the single player and multiplayer modes. For ten dollars, I would say it is a great purchase for anyone looking for a great puzzle game on Xbox Live.

PROS CONS
- Great addictive gameplay
– Awesome new control scheme
– Incredible multiplayer and leader board support
- Scarce amount of content
– New control scheme takes some getting used to at first if you want use it.

Single Player: 3/5 | Multi-Player: 5/5

Special thanks to PopCap Games for providing us with a copy of the game for review.

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