Bejeweled 2 Deluxe
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There are so many tile-matching games that seeing another one doesn't get gamers too excited anymore. But there's a sort of significance about Bejeweled 2 Deluxe. It's a more comprehensive edition of the game that arguably put games of this genre on the map and opened a world of accessibility to a new market of casual gamers.
Bejeweled 2 Deluxe follows that principle of accessibility by spreading the famed tile game across more consoles and offering more engaging gameplay to those seeking more thrills with their game sessions. But how does this advanced edition fare in a world where a tile-matching game lurks around every corner? Guess you need to play to find out.
A Diamond in the Rough
If, for some reason, you aren't aware of what the Bejeweled franchise is all about, let's have a recap. The gameplay consists of the player solving puzzles by matching the same colored jewels. They swap them around and garner the highest possible points before you can't make any more moves. It's a simple premise but proved addictive.
The second incarnation in Bejeweled 2 sought to expand on the classic gameplay, offering more game modes to satisfy that puzzle-solving itch. Bejeweled 2 Deluxe offers even more on that palette, presenting a somewhat modernized version of the game, compatible with today's higher standard of consoles. So what makes this different than the other versions?
Well, not a whole lot. The sole purpose of the Deluxe edition was accessibility to new hardware. While it certainly accomplishes that mission, giving the title of Bejeweled 2 Deluxe would lead players to believe there were some new game modes, content, or themes. Nope, it's the same old game, but at least it's not any less addictive!
We'll have to focus on the positives, despite the same game. It plays well on all its targeted consoles, the game has aged well, and there's still an outstanding balance of casual and hardcore gameplay in each mode. Bejeweled 2 Deluxe is one of those rare 'remasters' that does absolutely nothing but somehow still impresses its player.
Right in the Family Jewels
But is that worth a purchase for Bejeweled 2 Deluxe? If you don't already own the game, this is likely all you will get. So we have to refer to the gameplay rather than what's different - and in that sense, yes, it's worth it. Bejeweled 2 Deluxe is arguably the epitome of casual games, now spanning the demographics of both hardcore and casual gamers.
Bejeweled 2 Deluxe is one of those instances where 'if it ain't broke, don't fix it.' All that needed to happen was a few tweaks so that players could play on their modern consoles. That's more than you can say for games like Zuma's Revenge! or Chuzzle!
Round-Up - Pros and Cons
- Still an addictive puzzler now available on modern consoles
- Well-balanced for both casual and hardcore players
- Practically flawless, even porting onto new hardware
- The same game with no additional content
- Developers could have added some new minor features to enhance the game
Personal Rating: 8 / 10