Detailed Bejeweled 2 Classic Mode Guide for Your Pocket PC

For Bejeweled 2, it takes different mindsets to get through each type of game mode. The
key to Classic mode is arranging your gem priorities accordingly.

Classic mode is easier than Action Mode because the progress bar doesn't dwindle as time passes.

This, of course, affords some more time to concentrate on your gem swapping prowess.

Swapping 3 gems or more in a row results in point accumulation, which in turn adds to your progress bar.

When the progress bar reaches its right-most edge, you advance levels.

Classic mode in Bejeweled 2 has a twist; your game comes to a jarring halt if you're unable to make any more 'plays' or gem-swapping moves.

Bejeweled 2 Classic Mode Objectives

As you proceed through levels, the difficulty is cranked up a few notches. What's not bejeweled-2-classic-mode immediately apparent is how this is done.

Quite simply, there are fewer easy "one swap" moves available with each subsequent level.

You'll see what I mean in the screenshots that I've posted.

There are endless, lushious plays available at the start of level 1. As the game progresses, those nice openers decrease considerably.

As such, your primary objective is basically to beat the level in as few swaps as possible. This is because the likelihood of swapping yourself into a game-crashing corner grows with each swap that you make.

This comes down to achieving the maximum points possible, so make every swap count.

This becomes considerably more important when you've swapped through about 7 levels and moves start becoming scarce.

Since you have as much time as PDA battery strength will permit in Classic mode, study the playing field for results of plays that you're going to make.

Force Gem Swapping Opportunities

Analyze factors like the result of a specific coloured gems dropping down a few levels. If you can form 4 or 5-gem combo swaps with a bit of gem juggling, go ahead and do it.

It takes some practice, but try swapping gems specifically with the purpose of shifting those gems sideways and down.

Train yourself to be focused on downward gem movement since the gems obviously only fall in one direction.

If your Bejeweled playing field allows for this, shift your gems into the [2 same gems + 1 different gem + 2 same gems] formation and do your best to force the last gem jigsaw piece into place by swapping underneath.

Just don't overshoot and desperately overshoot your juicy gem middle target for a 5 gem combo swap.

Since you can't force gems upwards, you'll be faced with a difficult dilemma; trying to force all same-coloured gems down to each level or abandoning the combo and looking for points elsewhere.

Don't get carried away by Hypercube syndrome or you'll bring your game to a quick halt.

Treat the Hypercubes as "nice to haves". Sure, they're worth lots of points, but the sheer difficulty factor in achieving this combo negates this a bit.

On the subject of Hypercubing, it's easy to be mesmerized into swapping that glowing gem.

Depending on which gem you swap (and you can swap it with any colour) you destroy all gems of that colour for oodles of points.

Since time is your friend in Classic mode, go easy with the Hypercube and preserve it until you can take out a large same-coloured group of gems.

If this isn't possible, move it from side to side if you can swap any adjacent left or right gems until it's in a prime spot for complete, destructive gem havoc.

Bling Strategies

You will receive a sparkling, blinged-out gem for every 4-gem combo swap you attain.

The sparkling gems will net you quite a few points. When swapped it obliterates some adjacent gems in addition to reaping some points for the combo.

Note that if you swap a sprarkling gem into a 4 gem combo, you won't receive another blinged-out gem.

As you'll see opportunities for these combos the most in Bejeweled Classic mode, make use of them as they can be lifesavers.

Accumulating these sparkling gems means more chances to cause a mini-explosion of points.

You'd be surprised at how quickly your progress bar can get to the other end if your persist with this strategy.

My Bejeweled 2 review goes into a bit of depth regarding my thoughts on this game, along with extensive tips for point gathering for other game modes.

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