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    Solitaire Blitz Pulls Into Port for Maintenance

    It’s time once again for everybody’s favorite Tara, Tara, to bring us the latest important update from the world of Solitaire Blitz.

    Ahoy friends! We’ve got some crucial news for Solitaire Blitz players. We will be taking the game offline tonight at 9:00 pm PDT for some much needed maintenance. Folks who play on Facebook will be unable to play until the wee hours in the morning, and if you play on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch you will only be able to play in “offline” mode during this maintenance window. We will update everyone on the Fan Page just as soon as we’re back online, but we wanted to make sure to give you a heads up!

    Don’t forget to try some of our other PopCap games if you’re looking for a midnight break. Bejeweled Blitz and Zuma Blitz are two of our favorites on Facebook. And for your Apple device, don’t forget to update your Plants vs. Zombies 2 app and check out the latest level — Far Future!

    Thanks so much for your patience tonight, Blitzers, and we’ll see you back in the game tomorrow morning for the new weekly tournament!


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    Bliss Out in the New Zen Garden

    Worried about the future? Specifically the Far Future in Plants vs. Zombies 2? Well, we have a solution! When saving all of time and space from the zombie scourge starts getting you down, unlock your new Zen Garden and relax in quiet, contemplative peace.

    Collect sprouts as you battle zombies and they’ll be waiting for you when you want to relax. Just add water, get some help from a friendly bee who stops by once in a while and soon you’ll be back in fighting shape. And your plants will be, too! Take good care of them and then you can bring their limited-time super powers with you in to the zombie fray!

    Don’t delay! Zen Garden today!


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    Far Future Invades Present Day!

    Fans of Plants vs. Zombies 2: It’s About Time, today is the day you have all been waiting for! How do I know that? Well, the #1 question our support team has been asked every day since PvZ 2 first arrived is:

    How do I get to the fourth world?

    Starting today, friends, the fourth world comes to you! Update your game to the latest version, and you will literally have a whole new world to enjoy! New plants, new zombies, new mechanics to challenge and inspire you!

    But wait–there’s more! Not only does today deliver you into the Far Future, it offers you the peaceful respite only to be found in a Zen Garden!

    So what are you waiting for? Get your update for iOS or Android and start exploring the world of tomorrow, today!


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    Ask a Zombie: “Please Make Sure Your Seatbacks Are in Their Full Upright Position” Edition

    Zombie had one too many brains last night so is not feeling his best. But that won’t stop him from stepping up and answering all your hard questions. Keep ‘em coming! ZombieAdvice@PopCap.com.

    Dear Zombie

    Do you like or not like how the general public views zombies through books and movies? If you don’t, do you try to disprove that view? If you do, do you represent that view? I would just like to know from you, because you’re cool.

    From,

    Mr. Anonanon

    Dear Anonanon (dee dee dee-dee-dee) Anonanon (dee dee-dee-dee) Anonanon (dee dee dee-dee-dee dee-dee-dee dee-dee-dee dee-dee-dee deedeedeedee dee dee deeeee dee),

    What you alive types think of zombies is not any of Zombie concern. Zombie not spend a lot of time worrying about how Walking Dead make all zombies look like extras from FM radio station Halloween haunted house. Zombie not go to movies and worry about Bradd Pitttt coming to save all humans frfom zombie (like he gonna stop brushing his luxurious hair long enough to do that). Zombie not going to get into all them arguments about do zombies run fast or slow or can fall in love with alive person (ew.) or be un-zombied. Zombie not even need peeps to tell Zombie what Zombie is cool. Zombie know that (but take the compliment anyways, TYVM). Peepul gonna do whatevs and Zombie too busy looking after Zombie (and looking out for dumb plants) to worry too much what some book guy thinks.

    yrs,

    Zombie

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    Peggle 2 & the G.A.N.G.

    G.A.N.G. (Game Audio Network Guild) held its 12th Annual Awards ceremony last week at GDC (Game Developers Conference), and a little game you know and love brought home two of the big honors!

    This victory is crystal clear!

    The Peggle 2 audio team delivered work that did us all more than proud, and now they’ve received official honors for their achievement. If you’ve played the game, you know how richly deserved these awards are! Peggle 2′s music is, well, instrumental.

    Congratulations!


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    Bejeweled: The Greatest Match-3 of Them All

    Once again, it’s time for our resident Englishman, Rowland, to hold forth on matters near and dear to his little English heart.

    Every 4 seconds another copy of Bejeweled is purchased or downloaded somewhere in the world. It also takes 4 seconds for lemurs to blink. No correlation, but it is sorta neat.

    What makes Bejeweled so awesome and so loved? Is there a magic formula?
    Perhaps it is how easy it is to play, or the surprising depth in the variety of modes, or simply the endless pleasure of match 3. In truth it is all these things and more. Let’s have a look at the modes in Bejeweled in the App Store.

    Classic


    The original mode of gameplay! Match as many gems as you can, and use special gems to clear large sections and allow more potential matches to fill in the space. If there are no viable moves to be made, the game ends. We have all felt the consternation of the message No More Moves. The sadness passes next time, when you beat your previous high score!

    Poker

    Match gems to form “hands” of cards and gain points. The perfect game for all you Gem Sharks out there.

    Diamond Mine


    Match gems and make explosions to dig underground for buried treasure! Diamond Mine is one of the most played and popular modes of Bejeweled ever! People like blowing stuff up and collecting gold – who knew?

    Zen

    Relax and collect as many points as possible. Also, be the gem.

    Lightning

    Collect as many points as you can in only one minute. Along the way, there are Time Gems that extend the playing time, but only if you match them while they’re ripe! Fast, furious, sometimes frustrating, and always fun.

    Butterflies

    Match as many butterflies as you can before they’re eaten by the spider!

    And if this stunning variety were not enough, let us not forget the achievements you can earn. In Bejeweled, you can earn badges for certain achievements, at Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum levels depending on how awesome you are. Interestingly, the Chromatic badge (you have to clear a whopping 750 Hypercubes to get the Platinum version) was not named after Tiamat, the Chromatic Dragon and leader of all evil dragons,

    Courtesy of Rikki Grimes’ (faustus537) Photo Bucket

    but after the chromatic musical scale.

    It’s quite the package – see for yourself right here.


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    Happy Spring. Bean.

    In honor of the first day of Spring, our pal Spring Bean from Plants vs. Zombies 2 wanted to send you a special message.

    But then he remembered that all he knows how to say is “SPROING!”

    So whether you are enjoying actual spring weather with all the sunshine and flowers and allergies, or what seems like the more typical spring weather with temperatures in the 30s and a sky full of clouds…

    Happy Sproing, everybody!

     


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    Solitaire Blitz Lost Treasures. Your Questions Answered.

    What time is it? It’s Tara time. The magnanimous Tara is back to drop some knowledge about the latest (and biggest) update to Solitaire Blitz! Take it, Tara.

    Hello Blitzers and Blog Ride readers! We’ve had a lot of questions regarding the biggest update Solitaire Blitz has ever had. We also would like to mention the known bugs that we’re working toward squashing in the next update. Are you playing on your iOS device and have run into an issue? Read on and have a pleasant tomorrow!

    Please do visit the Fan Page or Support Page if you have a question that isn’t answered here. As soon as the next update is available, we will be sure to let everyone know. Thanks to everyone who has reached out with questions.

    • Why doesn’t my iOS version have all the islands?

    Solitaire Blitz: Lost Treasures was launched on iPad, iPhone, and iPod with 47 of the 55 current islands. We do not have plans to add the rest until we can get the loading time improved and work on fixing any bugs you’ve encountered beforehand.

    • Why do I need friends to get to the next level?

    There are 3 different ways to travel to each island, depending on what type of gamer you are. Some of us are ready to move forward immediately and choose to pay cash. Some of us like to build up Silver and spend that to crew our ship (replaying islands is the best way to earn more Silver!). And last but definitely not least, you can always hire your friends to move forward. Some islands will need 3 crew mates and some will need 4.

    • Why am I being dealt the exact same hand on every game?

    This is a bug we are aware of and will be resolving in the first update. Appreciate everyone’s patience and heads up on this strange issue.

    • Why aren’t my Treasures adding to my total at the end of my game?

    Please use Otis’ “Claim Treasure” banner until we get this bug fixed where clicking on each individual Treasure isn’t adding them to your total. Thank you!

    • Why is my leaderboard score not changing for the new tournament?

    This is one we are looking into. For those experiencing a leaderboard that doesn’t change on Thursday mornings, please do contact our Support team so we can gather your details for further investigation.

    • Are you working on an Android application?

    We do not have any information on Solitaire Blitz coming to Android devices. Sorry!

    • Why can’t I send Daily Gifts on my iPad, iPhone, or iPod?

    Currently you can receive Daily Gifts, Energy, and crew requests on your iPad, iPhone, and iPod. But we do not have any plans on adding a Send Daily Gifts feature to this version.

    • Why don’t I have the same Boosts available on iPad, iPhone, and iPod?

    We will be working on adding Double Boosts and Tempest in a Teacup to the iOS version as soon as we can. This will not be in the first update though.

    • I’ve updated to iOS 7.1 and my game won’t load or is acting funny!

    Oh no! We’re looking into this and promise to include a fix in the first update to help anybody experiencing issues after updating your iOS.


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    Be a Gem Shark: Poker Mode Tips!

    Recently, Bejeweled & Bejeweled HD for iOS added a new and exciting game mode that is genuinely not like any other. Everything you know about Bejeweled must be shelved in order to excel at this challenge. As a Bejeweled Poker Mode devotee, I’m here to help!

    In Poker, you start with a hand of five face-down cards. Making a match in Poker mode will flip over a card in your hand and set its color. The goal is to create a hand that fits one of the following types:

    Pair: Two cards of the same gem color
    Spectrum: All cards show a different gem, like a straight in standard cards
    Two Pair: Two pairs of two gem colors
    3 of a Kind: Three cards of the same gem color
    Full House: 3 of a Kind & a Pair
    4 of a Kind: Four cards of the same gem color
    Flush: All five cards show the same gem color

    Matching more than three gems to create a card for that color will create a flaming or sparkling card which is good for a point boost in counting up the hand at the end.
    There are other special moves that can help you:

    Wild Cards
    Making a move which creates two matches simultaneously earns you a Wild Card! Wild Cards show both the gem colors you matched on that move, for instance, both white and purple. As you continue to make matches, the Wild Card will automatically select which color is best for your hand. If your next two matches are both purple, the Wild Card will set the card to count as purple, so you will have at least a Three of a Kind hand!

    Hypercubes
    If you create a Hypercube, the card created is not set to the gem color used to create the Hypercube. It becomes a Wild Card with a question mark on it. Just like the dual-gem Wild Card, the ? Wild Card will automatically become whatever color best suits your hand! When you later match the Hypercube to detonate all gems of whichever color you choose, you will create a card of the color you chose to detonate.

    How the game ends:

    In Poker, the stakes are always going up! Poker mode is no different. You have to keep achieving excellence with your hands to maintain your momentum! If you are scoring lower hands consistently, those smaller hands will no longer be good enough to continue the game. When you see a Skull appear on the scoreboard, that’s how you know the game is upping the ante!

    Skulls
    Skulls start to appear on the scoreboard as the game goes on. When a Skull appears beside “Pair,” you know that you will need to score at least a Spectrum on your next hand. Make stronger moves and more valuable hands to wipe out the Skulls again and get some breathing room.

    If you fail to make the minimum required hand, you will see a coin flip to decide whether your game can continue. If the flip comes up safe, you get another Skull on your scoreboard, but you can play another hand. If the flip doesn’t go your way, the game ends.

    Got the basics down? Great! Now, I will be your Kenny Rogers and help you become the king of Bejeweled Poker!

    Lesson #1: Speed is the enemy of Bejeweled Poker!

    Poker is the opposite of Blitz, Lightning, Diamond Mine…all the impulses you have to make the first move you see, the instinct to keep moving at breakneck speed, the sense of the ticking timer…none of that will serve you here! In Poker, much as in Butterflies, you must take the time to consider your moves carefully. Don’t even let your fingertip hover too closely while you’re trying to break the habit of frenzied gem-matching!

    Lesson #2: The “best” match is almost never the best choice in Poker!

    In every other game mode, you allow yourself to get used to scanning for matches of four or more gems, because that’s inherently the superior choice to make. How could it not be the best? It’s worth more points! In Poker mode, it may be nothing more than a waste of resources. Here’s why:

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