Bejeweled 2 Puzzle Game for Pocket PC DetailsThe Bejeweled 2 puzzle game is jewel puzzle swapping mayhem for your Pocket PC. This puzzle game pits you and your stylus against a playfield of colourful gems.
The visuals are outstanding, from the three dimensional shading on the vividly coloured gems to the translucent background on which the playfield sits.
Using your stylus, you make moves by dragging your stylus on the gem you want to swap.
The gems sit on a translucent checkerboard through which the background scenery is easily viewed.
Bejeweled 2 GameplayLike all great puzzle games, the gameplay is deceptively simple but extremely addictive.
There are four game modes -- Classic, Endless, Action and Puzzle.
The base rules apply to all modes -- you first tap on one gem with your stylus and then on an adjacent one; they then swap places.
You need to swap the gem to form at least three of the same types of jewels. Forming four gems creates a Power Gem, and 5 gems a Hyper Cube.
Once the Hypercube is formed, you can swap the gem with any adjacent gem, regardless of color. This destroys all gems of that color on the board.
The subsequent arc lightning effects when the points rack up were really amazing to watch.
Bejeweled 2 Game ModesI enjoyed the Puzzle mode the most. When you successfully match gems they disappear (and the gems aren't replenished), unlike the other game modes.
In Puzzle mode you can only perform swaps in a particular order to "solve" the puzzle and clear the board.
You have to clear 5 playing fields to proceed through the levels, or "warp" through the planets.
Each planet in this game has a different detailed terrain for the backdrop.
Action mode pits you to match jewels against the clock, and Endless is just like its namesake.
Regardless of level, each mode gets progressively more difficult.
Take a look at the Bejeweled 2 basic strategy guide for some general pointers on mastering gameplay.
I compiled a few simple playing tips during my many, many hours of feverish, addictive gem swapping.
For more advanced players, my specific Action mode tips will provide info on hypercubing strategies, scoring and more for this particular game mode.
If Classic Mode is more your speed, some Classic Mode tips and tricks will boost your scoring ability. You'll find Hypercubing strategies and other tips that only apply to this game mode.
You'll also find more unique pointers in my Puzzle Mode guide for the hardest gem arrangements for the first few Puzzle levels in this PDA game.
If you'd like to pair your Pocket PC version with a desktop PC counterpart, knowing the best desktop version downloads certainly helps.
The Bejeweled 2 trial version will restrict your progress after you advance a set number of levels.
It requires the Pocket PC 2002 or later operating system.
Bottom LineThe Bejeweled 2 game is a keeper. Music is not that great but can be switched off. Sounds effects are superb. Awesome graphics and excellent gameplay. Maddeningly addictive.
PDAGameGuide.com Rating: 4.8 out of 5.
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