Bejeweled Blitz adds Vaulted Rare Gems in latest mobile update

Jan 17, 2014

To celebrate the start of 2014 and the last remaining winter months, the mobile version of Bejeweled Blitz has dished out a brand new Rare Gem title update today, which adds in – you guessed it – Vaulted Rare Gems! A fan-favorite feature from the Facebook iteration of the game, the Vaulted Rare Gems allow players to swap their Bejeweled Blitz gems with a number of explosive new effects on the game board.

While each of the newly implemented Vaulted Rare Gems is only available for a limited time, players will also be able to unleash the power of another rare winter gem: the Ice-Burrrst Gem! All Vaulted Rare Gems can also be shared directly as gifts within a player’s Items tab, and everyone who uses their Daily Spin for 5 Days in a row will be rewarded with a shiny Blazing Steed Rare Gem delivered right into their items.

The free Rare Gem title update is now live in both iOS and Android versions of Bejeweled Blitz, and you can also check out the new Ice-Burrrst Rare Gem in action by watching the accompanying trailer that’s embedded in this page!

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First Wooga, now PopCap: has the Google+ mass exodus begun?

Jun 14, 2012

We recently reported that developer Wooga was removing their games from Google+ come July 1. If that wasn’t bad enough news for the already struggling platform, it looks like PopCap is following suit with Bejeweled Blitz: Come June 18, the game will no longer be available on the social network.

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Bejeweled now on Chrome, PvZ and Peggle coming to Android

Dec 13, 2011

Popcap is continuing its tradition of making its hit games available on seemingly every available platform, today announcing that an HTML5 version of Bejeweled is now available on the Chrome web store and that both Peggle and Plants vs Zombies will soon be available on Android-enabled devices.

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Bejeweled 2 + Blitz on iOS getting split into two new games

Dec 7, 2011

Popcap has announced that the mobile version of its hit match-3 series Bejeweled is getting split into two. Bejeweled 2 + Blitz is being "retired" and will be replaced by a freemium version of Blitz and a brand-new, hi-res version of the game.

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PopCap reportedly being bought for $1 billion. ZUMA!

Jun 22, 2011

Techcrunch is reported a rumor that someone is close to buying PopCap Games for $1 billion. That’s right, I said it - $1 billion … dollars!

Techcrunch speculates on who the buyer may be. Rumors were that Zynga was looking very closely at PopCap but got scared off by the big price tag. There is always Electronic Arts, but with their own valuation of $5 billion, $1 billion sounds awfully high. Other good candidates are companies from Asia, especially since this has been an area of huge investment for PopCap in the past few years.

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Popcap picks up Baking Life developer Zip Zap Play

Apr 29, 2011

Proving that Zynga isn't the only company making acquisitions in the social space, Popcap has announced that it has scooped up Baking Life developer Zip Zap Play.

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Diamond Dash Review

Mar 23, 2011

Bejeweled Blitz set a trend for arcade puzzlers on Facebook, giving players one-minute bursts of match-3 gameplay that proved to be massively popular. Now Wooga, already with several solid puzzle games to its name, is attempting to emulate that formula with Diamond Dash. It’s a solid and enjoyable effort, though it’s definitely lacking when it comes to options.

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Feevo Review

Feb 28, 2011

Match-3 is one of the dominating casual game genres, but it never took off quite the same way on Facebook. You've got Bejeweled Blitz, and... yeah, that's it. While Tetris Online's Feevo bears more than a passing resemblance to Bejeweled Blitz, it's still a refreshing change of pace from the endless avalanche of management sims and RPGs that you otherwise see on Facebook. Feevo is a game with some interesting quirks as match-3 games go and opts for a turn-based rather than a timer-based limit on gameplay.

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Miner Speed Review

Dec 21, 2010’s Miner Speed takes the match-three gameplay and one minute time limit from Bejeweled Blitz and offers a few slight variations on this popular formula. However, these slight variations are just that – slight, and don’t do enough to make the game stand apart from its extremely popular competition.

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Puzzle Saga Review

Dec 9, 2010

Puzzle Saga is a concept that seems inescapably bound by success: a Facebook game that merges match-3 gameplay with RPG fantasy battles in the vein of the multiplatform casual hit Puzzle Quest. While Puzzle Saga is quite good by Facebook standards, it's no Puzzle Quest. The puzzle battles are real-time instead of turn-based and there's no real level of customization. The emphasis is on making matches as quickly as possible rather than necessarily making the best matches.

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