Bejeweled Blitz has always been about competition with your friends, and hey, the opportunity for gloating is rad. But there’s something to be said for collaboration as well, and that’s what Blitz Party brings to the table. Especially when you have been seething with envy over the incredible scores your friends post week after week, knowing you’ll never take them down from the top of the leaderboard… with Blitz Party, if you can’t beat ‘em, you can join ‘em!
Blitz Party creates a unique game of Bejeweled Blitz tailored specifically to you and your friend, setting goals that are achievable based on both players’ scores from recent games. When you start a game, you may see that your score goal is a whopping 455,000 or a paltry 125,000. That’s because it’s taking the average scores earned by each player and combining them. So if you invite a friend who tends to dominate your leaderboard to a Party round, your score goal may look kind of intimidating, but it’s not all your responsibility to make that happen! (In fact, let the show-off show off, right? I’m not bitter over my meager scores, not at all.)
In addition to the score goal, you’ll also see a set of Special Gem goals for your game. Check the Party Meter before you get started, and you can plan out your strategy. If I’m playing with a friend whose scores are way more impressive than mine, I’m going to assume the score goal itself can largely rest on their Bejeweling shoulders, and meanwhile, I’ll focus on meeting the “elite goals” by making as many Flame Gems as possible and keeping an eye out for any chance at a Star Gem or Hypercube. (Besides, I like the word “elite.” It makes me feel special, despite my mediocre scores.)
Remember that the Mystery Gem boost grants you one special gem at the start of the game, and that special gem does count toward your goals! So select your Boosts with an eye toward advancing your team toward the ultimate achievement: the Perfect Party.
After your game of Bejeweled Blitz, you have a choice to send your friend the invitation or to try again for a better score first. Look at the results: how high did you advance the score on your Team Goal meter? How many special gems did you earn toward the elite goals? Are you satisfied with your contribution toward the team effort, or would you like to try again before sending your friend the invitation?
If you click “Send Score,” your score will be counted officially, and your friend will be notified that it is their turn to play a round with you in Bejeweled Blitz Party! If you click “Try Again,” you will have another shot at earning a higher score for your team. But remember, there’s no going back to that previous score once you hit “Try Again!” (If you fail to hit “Try Again” before time counts down, it’s the same as hitting “Send Score.” Your score will be saved and your invitation sent.)
Each day you visit Bejeweled Blitz, you can initiate one free Blitz Party game with a friend! That game is free for both players to try one round each, and you earn Coins for making certain progress toward the goal, even if you don’t make it all the way. Best of all, you play Bejeweled Blitz with a friend instead of against them, and if you ask me, teamwork makes everything more fun.