Games & Gear of 2015: Puzzle & Dragons Z + Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Bros. Edition (05/22/2015)

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What’s better than one puzzle game? Two of them of course! Thus Puzzle & Dragons Z + Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Bros. Edition will be very popular this year. Basically the first game is a cross between Pokémon, a JRPG, and Bejeweled. Using the power of elemental orbs the hero will challenge legions of monsters and the five great dragons to bring peace to the world. In Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Bros. Edition it’s the same thing; except replace hero with Mario (who is also a hero) and legions of monsters with koopa troop and five great dragons with Bowser and the world with Peach. Ok so it’s not quite the same but there are orbs to use in here too (although they’re power up orbs in the Bros. edition). It’s good to twitch shoot with CoD or Destiny, but as gamers puzzles are part and parcel with our play past time. So pick up Puzzle & Dragons Z + Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Bros. Edition as soon as possible.

 

 

 

 

Quick Awesomeness: Triple Hypercube

 

Three hypercubes together, Bejeweled diamond mine, and a minute to kill, let’s do this.

 

 

 

Game Review: Bejeweled Blitz – Gems are a gamer’s best friends

 

Well people I got to admit something, I’ve not been giving my 110% to Armada lately – I’ve been busy. With what? Video Games of course! It was a perfect storm of digital goodness that had me powerless against its will. Even now the call to play is wearing me down – but my duty as a Journalist outweighs my want to Omnigame. So to that effect I’m going to review the three games that entrapped me so, both as a testament to their fun and a warning about playing them: you will get sucked in. First up, Bejeweled Blitz.

 

 

Now the game series Bejeweled shouldn’t be a mystery to anyone who owns a computer and had some time on their hands, but just in case: Bejeweled, a game created by PopCap Games, is a colorful puzzle series that involves matching gems ala Dr.Mario. Like most puzzle games Bejeweled doesn’t have a story or purpose per se, but rather impressive visuals reactions to matching jewels together. You wouldn’t think that would be enough to keep this series afloat but over 10 years they had multiple versions and sequels on variously platforms: even spawned a few knock offs. So yeah Bejeweled is a good puzzler. However I think they struck gold with this rendition because Bejeweled Blitz is both fast paced and very addicting.

 

Bejeweled Blitz, like its predecessors, is a tile-matching puzzle games that disappear when you match three of a kind. If you match more, or two at the same time you get special gems that cause destruction on the board in one form or another (often causing very colorful explosions) when matched. Of course more gems come failing down to replace the ones destroyed so players can never clear the board. No – the goal is to get as many points as you can in 60 seconds, and that’s it. Now most veteran gamers may laugh at this simple mission statement at first, but then few rounds turns into fifty, then into a hundred, and before you know it you’ve spent hours playing this game at 60 second intervals –  it happen to me. To add strategy (yes strategy) to the mix, players can choose to spend coin on various power ups before each game. They can add multipliers gems, detonators, board scramblers, and more. If your really lucky however, you can buy special comic animals (that’s not there official name but that’s what I’m calling them) when they appear. They’re expensive and one time use but they do rack up the points in very creative ways. Finally, and this is where the draw comes in, once you’re ready for prime time you can take your skills online and complete for the high score. Since Blitz is tied to Facebook, anyone of your with Facebook friends can see your score and tried to take you down. No joke people, my reign as number one in Blitz was destroyed by aunt. Weather by luck or skill, it was what it was and made me play harder to get the number one back.

 

 

Ranking

 

 

Bejeweled Blitz is about as addicting as any downloadable game you can buy today (its even free via apple store). The effects of every match is pleasing, the tempo of the music going faster and faster as the timer gets closer to zero gets the juices pumping, and the online one upmanship between online friends just makes playing all the better. Seriously it would have been perfect if it had a bit more substance to it (all the Bejeweled games actually); but that’s just splitting hares – download this game now and join in the addiction.