This is a really fun game with a different mode for ever mood; Classic
(match jewels in a line of 3 or more to blow them up), Zen
(same as classic but you'll never run out of moves), Lightening
(blow up the jewels as fast as possible, you’ll be judges on speed, combos and the difficulty of them) and Quest
(restore five items by completing eight minigames tasks per item, e.g. match jewels close to the ground to dig it away an collect five gold before the time is up).
The modes also come a secret game each; Poker
, Ice Storm
and Diamond Mine
. These are locked until you've reached a certain level in the various modes and are new exiting variations of Bejeweled (so, Poker is not actual poker
). Ice storm is seriously difficult and a must for those who like arm-cramping-speed.
The graphics are very good even for today’s standard (the original game came out in the 90's); the resolutions are normal (800x600), High (1024x768) and Ultra (1920x1200). You can view the game in boxed or full screen - I prefer it in boxed since it makes the graphics crisper.
The backgrounds are beautiful and animated - they switch every level..
There are both in-game badges and steam achievements to earn with the game - which is really nice. :D
The game provides a lot of versatility and hours of fun - and to great music! I was surprised at how good the soundtrack was and I never get bored of it.
Also, about the Zen mode: It is not just soft music, it has a number of features like; instead of the music you can e.g. listen to the rain falling on leaves (there are 6 different ambient sounds to listen to besides the very nice music). You can also enable features like breath modulation - with or without visual indicator. Or why not enable mantras; e.g. positive thinking or self-confidence building (6 to choose from and there is also a "subliminal" option for this - which I did not use since, though most mantras were good, some were just hilarious or a bit too narcissistic for me to have subliminally bouncing around my head lol).