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Bejeweled 2 offers flawless gaming... if you can get it to work

by Tim McLain

With four game modes, crystal-clear graphics and insanely great sound effects, there's a lot to love in Bejeweled 2 by EA. Unfortunately, there's a 50-50 chance you will have issues running or even installing the app, so buyer beware.

If you're luck enough to enjoy a solid purchase process, followed by a full download of 25MB of additional content (moved to your on-board SD card ASAP), and finally a successful launch of the app, then the game will quickly become your go-to gaming experience when you're on the go.

Most of the best parts of the original Bejeweled are here and ready to rock, challenging all comers to match at least three sparkling gems to make them explode in a colorful shower of gaming goodness. Match four or more, and you'll create a power gem that elevates your score with eye-popping cascades and combos.

The game ships with classic mode, which offers the usual gameplay. Next is action, challenging you to beat the clock to get the highest score possible. Puzzles offers a brain-bending extension to the Bejeweled experience, and finally Zen is all about limitless play.

Missing, however, is blitz mode, a purchase-killer for many diehard fans of the franchise. (Note that a free knock-off of this mode is available in Bejeweled Blitz Live.) The app also lacks Facebook-posting ability, which gives players of other versions of the game the opportunity to challenge FB friends to reach higher scores.

With so many issues getting in the way of the fun factor, I recommend that you watch for a future update before installing this finicky, addictive beast. May the gems be with you, and EA, as they work out the kinks!

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