Bejeweled 3 – The Brief


The first match three game…

Time to go back 5 years, to a period of great hardship in which Candy Crush did not exist. Mobile gaming had just started growing and in this virgin land there was only one game, the first game your mothers played. Let’s look back to Bejeweled, the third coming…


Bejeweled has been around since the very start of discount games, they were cheap and easy to access. While not the latest in the series (that would be one of the mobile iterations), Bejeweled 3 is a very polished version of the match three genre. For those who have not experienced these games before, players are given a grid of colours and they must swap or move gems to get as many points as possible.

While the classic mode allows players to see how long they can go before the board locks up, there are many alternative rule sets you can play. Including the classic mode there are 8 different game types with about 10 different rule sets. While many of these are only small variations on a single theme, they are different enough to be individually enjoyable.


Even though this is not the newest game by any standard, this is still very pretty. It would be hard to tell that it was released in 2010. However, what does make it show its age is that is gameplay mechanics are very simple compared to other match three games. While there are benefits for creating a line of 4, or a “T” or “L” shapes, the lack of further matching possibilities does mean it starts to feel a little stale.

That said, this is still a very enjoyable game to play. It a great companion to watching the TV or putting on a movie. I would have trouble playing it now if it was supposed to be my sole point of entertainment.

Julian has been involved in the games industry for more than a couple of years now, from working in retail to developing board games to judging Magic: the Gathering tournaments Australia wide. Now as a writer for OK Games he likes to explore niche titles that try to approach gaming from a different perspective. Now all he needs to do is start finishing all those games in his Steam Library...