Version Reviewed: 1.2
Device Reviewed On: iPad 2
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Surely by now, everyone has played Bejeweled in some guise and on any one of a number of formats. Without even really trying, I've managed to accrue five different copies over the years of the addictive and most influential match three game. Now, we come to the iPad only variety, simply titled Bejeweled HD. It's a great addition, too, with enough different modes to keep things entertaining.
There's the Classic mode for starters: one that many will delve into first. This one is simply a matter of matching three or more gems of the same color, thus clearing them from the screen. Match four and create a special gem that once matched with others, causes an explosion, match five and an even bigger bang ensues. Play continues until there are no more moves left to play. It's typical Bejeweled yet fun.
Other modes exist, however, and these are the particularly intriguing ones. Butterfly mode involves keeping a very close eye on butterfly gems that gradually travel up the screen. Once one hits the top of the screen, it's game over. The added element of clearing these steadily increasing butterflies is a welcome one, offering just enough variety without deviating from the tried and tested formula.
Diamond Mine mode mixes things up by offering a tight time limit and the need to blast through the mine with gems. The time limit keeps things fast paced and is one to return to regularly. For those after calmer experiences, Zen mode offers a calmer and more tranquil and never ending variety of the game.
Besides these equally enjoyable modes, extra reasons to play come from the scattering of badges and a form of levelling up, adding to the instant gratification we gamers love to soak up.
Bejeweled HD might be a little pricey for a game we've almost all bought at least once in the past, but it's a well rounded package. Each of the modes is enjoyable to play and ideal for a variety of different match three experiences. That "one more go" feeling is ever strong here.