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App Creation #31 – Game Inspiration – Bejeweled & Bejeweled Blitz


If you can excuse the pun, this is a real ‘gem’ in the vast collection of games available in the puzzle genre. Matching corresponding jewels so yet more can drop from the gods above in a shower of shimmering stones – this is Bejeweled.

Jewel Purpose

Bejeweled is far more than just a pleasant puzzle game – actually there are a few modes available. Selecting ‘Classic’ challenges your gem swapping skills, advancing through the levels until no more moves can be achieved and the ‘Zen’ mode allows for a more peaceful laid back never-ending version – just for cheap thrills. Another available distracting is ‘Diamond Mine’, exploding gems to penetrate further down the abyss for ever higher scores and rewards.

Bejeweled 'Classic' Mode

In all modes, matching three gems with a single move destroys them. Match 4 and a special jewel appears that will detonate when matched again. If you achieve a set of 5 in a row, prepare yourself for a real visual treat.

Facebook Friend or Foe

Competition among friends is rampant thanks to the leaderboards system within Bejeweled. Using your personal Facebook friends list, your best score is displayed among these other gaming buddies, which depending on your ability in destroying gems may be a good or a bad thing.

Bejeweled Blitz which has you furiously battling against the time and your friends capabilities is also available within Facebook itself, so your scores and progression remains constant between the app and the website version.

iTunes App Store: Bejeweled | Bejeweled Blitz

App Creation Series

There are literally hundreds of thousands of applications and games available to download using the digital marketplace. These range from basic clocks to fully fledged 3D gaming experiences rivalling even the leading portable devices that usually only specialise in this field.

Your challenge is competing with this vast library of already impressive offerings which, although a daunting prospect to the fledgling traveller, can be navigated successfully with the right ideas and implementation. Whether you want to create an income generator or simply desire recognition for your efforts, this book will aim to show you the path and inspire your imagination to overflow with possibilities.

Allow me to guide you through the wilderness and raise your chances of realising your development dreams by detailing different routes with this light hearted tour of the Apps terrain. Featuring a myriad of exciting and surprising examples, you can glean important suggestions for your own creation.

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Written by James Woodcock

James Woodcock is a Freelance Journalist specialising in gaming and technology. Ever since he experienced the first controllable pixel movement on the television screen, he has been entranced by the possibilities and rewarding entertainment value generated from these metal and plastic boxes of delight. Writing hundreds of articles including commentary and reviews on various gaming platforms, while also interviewing well known industry figures for popular online publications.

Experience in classic game music MIDI enhancement. DVD and HD Video capture, editing, scripting and creation. Podcasting, Internet Radio DJ and Musician.

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