If you haven’t heard of Bejeweled from PopCap you’ve likely heard of at least one of the many games that have spun off the concept Bejeweled (I think) originated. Bejeweled is a computer game that I’ve played for years, where you strategically match 3 or more same-colored gems to earn points. It’s the kind of game that little kids and adults can have fun playing. The kids can just match the colors while the adults can plan their next moves to try and set-up moves to match more gems. Now, the fun that you’ve had playing Bejeweled online can be shared with friends with the new Bejeweled board game from Hasbro.
When I first hard about the new Bejeweled board game, I couldn’t wait to see how they would capture the fun of matching gems on a board, as well as how they would make it a multi-player game. The Bejeweled board game comes with 91 colorful 3-D gems in red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, and clear. There are also some sparkly “power” gems that give you bonus coins if you remove them.
Set-up the board, filling it with the different gems, making sure that there aren’t any matching gems to start with. Then you start taking turns, swapping gems on the board to clear same colored gems. For each match you make, you earn 1-3 coins, depending on the number of gems you remove from the swap. Remember, you can only swap gems that will create a match horizontally or vertically. When you remove the gems, you fill in the gaps by pushing the gems away from you, then add more gems from the bag of extra gems. The first person to get 3 sets of the same colored coins wins.
I really like how they converted this popular digital game to the board game format. You still match gems, but adding the competitive element introduces new strategies. Do you match these 3 gems and take the coin, even if it gives the next person a chance to get a 4 gem match? Or do you make a move to blog a potential 5-gem match for the next person? By introducing the coins, it provides the clear goals that are needed to have a “winner.” This is one of those games that the whole family can have fun playing.
While this is meant for 2-4 players, ages 8+, I could also see this as a great way to teach younger kids about matching, colors, and early counting.
The Bejeweled board game from Hasbro is hitting stores this spring for $19.99 MSRP. It also includes a download of the Bejeweled 3 online game, so you’re really getting two games for the price of one! You can also buy the Bejeweled board game online from Amazon for just $18.00. Use the Amazon coupon to save $5, which means you can get the board game + Bejeweled 3 online game for just $13! I’m not sure how long the Amazon coupon will last, so I’d recommend buying now if you’re going to.
About the Bejeweled Board Game
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Disclaimer: This post consists of my (and/or fellow tester) opinions only. Your experiences may be different. No compensation was given for this review/giveaway. I did receive a free product from the manufacturer or their representing PR agency to use and test for the purposes of this review. This did not affect the outcome of this review.