By Vamien McKalin | Apr 05, 2013 12:02 PM EDT
The Windows Store is proving to be a place that lacks compelling video games to play, but that could all change now that Bejeweled Live is around. This is one of those games that takes time, patience and plenty of thought to make it to the next level, so it might not be for everyone's enjoyment.
Bejeweled Live is basically the mobile version of Bejeweled 3, which is the latest version of Bejeweled. Because this is the mobile version, the game won't be as in-depth and filled with magic, but nevertheless, it's fun and that is what truly matters.
Xbox Live Achievements
Slow Load Times
Lacking in some features of Bejeweled 3.
No one should want an explanation on how Bejeweled works, but maybe for some unknown reason, you fell from the sky recently, and this is your first time playing a Bejeweled game. The purpose of Bejeweled is for the player to match three or more of the same color gems on a board. Doing this gets you points, then the game also drops other gems in the place of the ones that disappeared. Repeat this action until you've accumulated a lot of scores until there are no other moves left.
Compared to other versions of Bejeweled, Live doesn't bring anything new in the gameplay department, it's all the same.
Of all the three modes available, Diamond Mine was the most compelling. Diamond Mine gives the player a clock, and the challenge is to make matches at the bottom of the screen to destroy dirt. Al this must be done before the timer hits zero, or it's game over. The more you dig, the more you'll be given the chance to unearth gold and other treasures that help to boost points.
Some players might find the Butterfly mode as the most interesting. Reason? At the top of screen lies a spider, he's bad-ass and he likes to eat butterflies. You'll come to hate this wretched creature as the game progresses. The point of the Butterfly mode is to keep Butterfly gems away from the spider. The further the gems are, the better. The closer they are to the spider, the quicker you'll see the game over, splash screen.
The final mode here is Classic, all of what a long time Bejeweled player would come to expect. No timers, no nothing, you just match gems until there is nothing left, match.
Performance wise, Bejeweled Live runs great but it takes too long to start up. This could all be due to the type of machine I'm running, but for a game like Bejeweled Live, there shouldn't be any high demands, plus, it's just a watered down version of Bejeweled 3.
With only three game modes and Xbox Live Achievements tacked on, new players will find Bejeweled Live a very fun game. However, for those who have played Bejeweled 3, there's nothing for you here unless you want to rack up some easy achievements.
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