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:
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!
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 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: