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.

 

 

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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.

 

 

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(AFK Article) Mini Game Review – Angry Birds Halloween

I know you do it, don’t worry, I do it too.

There is something so appealing about taking a multi colored bird, putting them on a slingshot, and firing them on unsuspecting green piggies with chaotic results.

And just when you think you nailed every pig up to the boss hog, scored three stars on every stage, and captured all the elusive golden eggs, Rovio releases the latest chapter in the on going struggle of pork v poultry – Angry Birds Halloween.

Now granted I don’t know if this is an official sequel but really I don’t care – it a new Angry Birds game!

All the gang is back but now in a spooky, cartoony, Halloween-like setting.

The birds maybe angry but smart… Well, they got fooled by a pig in a blanket (seriously – he was dressed as a ghost) and made off with their eggs again. Once they realized they’ve been had it doesn’t take them long to set up the sling and let loose the birds of war!

Everything from the first game makes a return in this game: from the birds with their own special abilities such and multiplication and self-detonation to those greedy pigs with their quasi cleaver defenses next to TNT crates and very steep ledges. However this time around the pigs employed pumpkins, bell towers, and costumes to keep the eggs all to themselves. While these new tricks will put players to the test, they also give them new opportunities for high scores. Each pumpkin destroyed offer a plethora of points (depending on the size of the pumpkins themselves), the bell towers too plus they themselves are very good crushing implements. Timing, distance, and luck applies to this game as it did the first; so expect even more of your time destroyed, family shunned, and arthritis acting up.

Well Rovio’s done it again! 45 bone quaking levels, more secret golden eggs to collect, even more comical chaos with the colorful cast (birds & pigs), and all under a buck yet again. This hot property is definitely going places: first the original, then Halloween, and since turkey month almost over (a missed opportunity) the next on should be ‘Christmas Ham’ Angry Birds, then ‘Birds in Space’, heck I can totally see a Bird, Pig, team up against the true threat – The EASTER BUNNY (he takes eggs and makes you eat ham)!!! Ok, maybe not; but still I said it once and I’ll say it again: if you want a simple and addicting game for your idevice, for a dollar, Angry Birds (Halloween) is your only choice.

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