Well, it looks like PopCap redeemed themselves from that disastrous Game of Life with this one. Bejeweled is the Cadillac of match 3 games, and this model is the sharpest one yet. It featured four kinds of play, Classic, Zen, Quest, and Lightning. The Quest mode is by far the most interesting one, in which you must race against speedy glaciers (omymoron much?), a perpetually building wall of gems, and other things that could hinder your progress, depending on the puzzle you choose. Classic is what we all know and love best, but the Stargate-style effect when switching puzzles just adds to the coolness.
I had not tried Zen mode, and Lightning features all kinds of tools and bonuses you can use right away to clear the board. This is the kind of game casual gamers can’t seem to get enough of, and Bejeweled 3 is the kind of match 3 that keeps you up for all hours trying to beat it, not unlike The Heroes of Kalevala, but without the plotline and the irritating Louhi and her extremely annoying pet. This is pure fun for fun’s sake, and you will not want to stop. If you were in the middle of a game when you came to come see what was new at Musings, stop right now, and play Bejeweled 3. Your weekend will be booked solid until you finish this game.