Throwback Thursday Review – Bejeweled 3

So this game was part of my gaming phase of where anything you can do I can do better. It’s a horrible way to game and it makes you play a bunch of games that you really don’t want to in order to show someone that you’re better then they are. In the end things get messy and you end up not wanting to game for a while, which is bad. These are the types of lessons that you learn from gaming. Anyway, I had put this game on the shelf for a little while before going back to clean up the trophies and here’s what I thought about it.

There really isn’t a story or a story mode in Bejeweled like there is for Plants Vs. Zombies. You match a bunch of different colored jewels in different play areas and score a bunch of points a bunch of different ways. Some games don’t need stories, and this is one of them so I was happy to play each different mode and just be able to play without some kind of back story or adventure type mode.

Like I said before there are a bunch of different ways to play and for this one reason you really can’t get all the bored when playing this game. When it comes to different game modes, there are eight of them which include classic, zen, lightning, quest, butterflies, diamond mine, ice storm, and poker. Each mode is basically different even though you play the same way. When you get bored with one mode you can go ahead and switch to the next. There are so many things to do that I found myself very often wanting to play for half an hour but then playing even longer.

I never took much interest in this game when it was on PC, I played it a few times but that was it, but this is one of those games that are better on PC only because of the point and click with a mouse / touch screen which makes the game operate a lot quicker then trying to move a cursor around the screen and then switching jewels with the PS3 controller. During the timed levels this became frustrating and often times I couldn’t get to where I wanted in time to switch the jewels around and lost the game. This also isn’t so great when you’re trying to get specific trophies.

I thought the graphics for this game were vibrant and did the Bejeweled franchise justice on the PS3. The butterflies was my all time favorite mode and I liked the way the butterfly jewels looked on the screen as well as the spider looming up above trying to capture my butterflies. Butterflies wasn’t the only mode that was this vibrant and detailed, because all of the modes were like this and it enhanced the overall game.

Trophies! What’s a PS3 game without them? There are 12 trophies from this game ranging from easy to hard. Some of the easy ones you’ll get naturally from playing but there are some trophies that require you to do specific things and that’s where it becomes a little difficult. Playing this game for easy trophies is a mistake! It’s possible to miss out on the two particularly hard trophies Blazing Speed and All That Glitters. Blazing Speed requires you to obtain blazing speed in a game of lightening which is no easy task and All That Glitters makes you complete all the badges in the game to gold level or higher. Expect to be playing a lot of Bejeweled 3 if you’re in it for the trophies.

Trivia Question! There’s also another game that has an All That Glitters trophy, do you know which game it is? I’ll have the answer below.

There’s no multiplayer for this game and that’s fine with me.

Overall I give this game a 3.5 out of 5.

What’s Great:
+ A lot of different game modes keeps things interesting.
+ Vibrant graphics on the PS3 does the game and franchise justice on the jump from PC to PS3.

What’s Not So Great:
Point and click controls are better and more efficient on the PC. PS3 controls really don’t work all that well on the timed levels where speed is everything.

Even though I started playing this game as a competition based game, I ended up thinking it wasn’t all that bad. Although it’s one of those games that I’ll never play again, I’m glad I had the experience to play. If you’re a fan of Bejeweled or just PopCap games, I would recommend giving this a try. If you’re happy playing this game on the PC I would say you can give it a try on the PS3 but beware that the controls aren’t as smooth.

Next week starts the beginning of the end for my Throwback Thursday blog. There’s only five games left on my list and it starts with Tales of Monkey Island – Episode 1: Launch of the Screaming Narwhal. I’ll let you know what I thought of that episode next week and we’ll end the Throwback Thursday blog with the last episode in this game.

Trivia Answer! Did you guess what game has a trophy with the same name? It’s Diablo III! In Diablo III the All That Glitters trophy required you to pick up 5,000,000 gold. Funny how both trophies were named the same and were equally annoying.