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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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    Ask a Zombie: “Don’t Want To Be Just Anybody” Edition

    Life is too short to be confused. Let Zombie unconfuse you so you can go on living. Tell your problems to: ZombieAdvice@PopCap.com

    Dear Zombie,

    I find cowboy zombies dance according to piano. Does this mean that you zombies have the passion for life inside?

    And why don’t you come when there is few plants on the garden? Like at the beginning, when only a potato and several sunflowers are planted? Why don’t “a huge wave of zombie is approaching” then?

    Sincerely,
    H. Huang

    Dear Double H,

    If by “the passion for life inside” you mean “the passion for the life inside yer skull” then then answer is ephm epmh totally yes.

    And why you suggest that Zombie am somehow going about Zombie job in the wrong way? How many brains you eat in you life? Zombie choking on own rage here. Give Zombie a sec.

    50… 49… 48…

    Okay, Zombie cool. Look, ebrybody think they know the best way to raise a bratty kid until they have a bratty kid and then they tumble to fact that they don’t know nothing and bratty kid going to do what bratty kid wants and there zip parent can do about it. Same thing with Zombie… sort of. Ebrybody think they know for how to Zombie should be and then they become a zombie (which you will, so don’t worry yer purty little head about that) and they realize it harder than it looks. So when Zombie see you on Zombie side of the garden you just tell me how smart you are then, smarty.

    yrs,
    Zombie

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    Be Progressive with Solitaire Blitz!

    Our favorite gal pal Tara returns with more rock-your-world news for Solitaire Blitz fans.

    Are you a fan of free stuff? Yes? We are too! That’s why we’ve recently partnered up with Progressive Insurance for an exciting sponsorship!

    Flo, the Progressive girl has let Starrgh-fish borrow her apron and made sure you have no problem using this Boost in every single game for FREE! Just start a game and when you see the Boost menu pop open, grab that Starrgh-fish Boost. That’s all there is to it! This will be available for the entire month of March as a freebie, Blitzers, so take full advantage!

    We are very happy to welcome Progressive back to Solitaire Blitz and may have another surprise up our sleeves before the end of the month, so keep your fish eye on the Fan Page and Boost up your game for free today!


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    Peggle 2 Duel Mode is Here

    Guest-poster Rowland wants to take you on! Read and watch below to see how.

    What is best in life? Peggle, and especially Peggle 2, obviously. For more evidence, if any were needed, check out this video with Kari and Dana dueling it out in Peggle 2 Duel Mode.


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    PopCap Joins the Humble Bundle Weekly Sale

    PopCap and Humble Bundle have partnered to create the Humble PopCap Bundle, an amazing assortment of games – including Plants vs. Zombies, Peggle and Bejeweled 3 – for a price you choose. The power is entirely in your hands. Decide what you’re willing to spend, how your money is used, and if you’re keeping the games yourself or giving them to friends. The Humble PopCap Bundle is a fantastic opportunity to expand your PC or Mac game library while helping great causes.

    One big bundle, eight awesome games. And a gigantic chunk of change for charity.

    (After purchasing, make sure to read our easy-to-follow instructions on how to redeem your Humble Bundle codes on Origin.)