Bejeweled is a classic puzzle game with a simple interface that challenges a player to align rows of jewels in order to gain points.
Bejeweled is…wow, I’m sorry. My eyes are burning from staring wide-eyed at the computer screen for the past half hour. This game is more than addicting. I didn’t even know how to play before I downloaded the free trial, but it is very easy to pick up.
The download is free, though the game screen will prompt you to buy the full version. You don’t have to in order to enjoy this title. It’s fairly simple; swap jewels to create rows of the same jewel either horizontally, or vertically. Bejeweled has such a simple interface, but the twirling gems are so mesmerizing. The transient music in the background seems to have a hypnotic effect—it definitely helps you zone in to the task at hand.
There is definitely strategies to be built. Once you earn fifty points, by swapping numerous jewels, you level up. Each level fits more complex patterns of jewels for you to align. If you get stuck, you can press the “Hint” button, but beware: using a hint takes away from your level bar. There is also a timed session, if you’re up for a bit of a challenge.
I have absolutely nothing bad to say about this game. Sure, it’s about as straightforward and plain as a puzzle game could be. But there is something just so satisfying about hearing those jewels click and disappear when you find a matching row. Even if Bejeweled doesn’t sound like your cup of tea, download this tiny file; I dare you to try and walk away after five minutes of play.