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If you are a fan of the series, than this is another game for you and even if you have never played it and would like to “play” something different, than we could happily recommend this strange puzzle game. It’s fun, it’s frustrating and it’s fantastic!
Nintendo DSWorth Playing
Once again, Bejeweled Twist proves to everyone that PopCap can make significant changes to its games and still come away with a great puzzle title. The theme may feel like a strange fit, but there's no denying that the addictive nature of the game is present and as infectious as before. Puzzle game fans of all types should have no excuse as to why this title isn't already in their game libraries, and those who may have grown tired of the original's often-copied formula may find themselves loving the new changes in Bejeweled Twist.
Nintendo DSGame Shark
Of course, if you’ve already played this game to death, a few new twists may not be enough to warrant a purchase, especially if you have the game on an even more convenient format (like your phone). This is a $20 “budget” game, about as low as retail DS games go, and it’s as flawless as any “match three” puzzler as I’ve played, so it gets my recommendation. Just know your limits – and your tendency towards full-blown addiction.
Nintendo DSThe Review Busters
Bejeweled Twist is a pretty good puzzle game on the Nintendo DS. Out of all the Bejeweled games this one stands out as the best. It does stink a little that you have to earn the other modes. Even with that tiny problem PopCap Games has done a good effort with this game and nobody should pass it up.
Nintendo DSPocket Gamer UK
Bejeweled Twist is a brilliant puzzle game and a smart evolution of the Bejeweled formula. Only a weak multiplayer offering takes the shine off its otherwise gleaming surface.
Still, some people might overlook these kinds of games because they can be played in minimized windows and don’t require powerful computers to run them. The music sounds like a yoga session, and there aren’t even any characters. It’s just pure puzzling with some excellent modes and few other frills. Sometimes that’s all you need. Personally, I’d usually take random gem swapping over dull bad guy shooting. Unless, of course, the bad guy shooting is done really well. That usually isn’t that case though.
Ultimately, the burning question: is it worth the Â£14.99? The answer depends on how much you're a fan of Bejeweled to begin with. If you've never played the series before, the answer is a resounding yes. If you're the kind of person that likes to play games to avoid writing essays, reports and generally being productive, then you'll still love Bejeweled Twist. People who've played Bejeweled to death already and have had their fill of the game might have to think a little harder, though. It's still a beautiful, engaging title; it just might not be enough of a revolution. Because we've all seen it before, it doesn't quite have the sublime whizz of the original. That doesn't mean I can stop playing it, mind you.
Nintendo DSGame Revolution
But it could happen, I suppose. Check your wallet! Maybe you fortune has just come true. In any case, Bejeweled Twist is a neat pick-up-and-play variation on Bejeweled and a solid entry for the franchise.
WindowsThe A.V. Club
There's certainly more to juggle in Bejeweled Twist, and more than a few ways to play, especially for those looking for a tougher challenge or a high score to beat. Still, it's hard to imagine legions of casual gamers permanently abandoning Bejeweled's tried-and-true simplicity for this shiny new bauble. Nobody really gushes about the many failed, forgotten versions of Tetris we've played all these years. Sometimes a simple set of rules are all a gamer really needs.
Bejeweled Twist is an entirely playable casual game -- even enjoyable -- but it does not pop in the same way as the original Bejeweled games. The new rotation mechanic slows the game down to a degree. Yes, it adds a strategy element to the game that did not exist in previous editions, but that works against the "instant accessibility" factor that's essential for casual games. If you do stick with the game until the rotation becomes second nature, the amount of content will keep you playing for weeks. But you'll never be frighteningly hooked. You can put the game aside at a moment's notice. And that's a real first for a PopCap game.
Finally, there is a two-player mode to round out this package. This is a competitive version of Classic mode, pitting two players against each other in a race to rack up combos before being overwhelmed by bombs. It's fun, because destroying gems is fun, but there is a severe disconnect between players. It's difficult to know what your opponent is up to, so it feels more like a single-player game peppered with random shouts of happiness or barks of anger rather than an engaging competitive experience. Furthermore, it requires two carts to play, which is pretty extravagant, and is bogged down by a lot of lag. The single-player component is the heart of the game, but Bejeweled Twist isn't at the same level as its prestigious progenitor. The game is hard to put down once you get in a rhythm, but the experience doesn't leave a lasting impression.
Bejeweled Twist is a decent puzzler for the DS, despite remaining my least favorite entry in the Bejeweled series. It just doesn’t have the immediate pop of previous chapters. I think slowing it down and adding bad luck kills were mistakes. But even then, PopCap’s worst efforts are still considerably better than the best attempts of other casual game makers.
Despite the silly roulette wheel thing, it's still addictive. I've played it for hours. The other night I was sitting opposite someone and I realised instead of listening to what they were saying, I was wondering what would happen if I rotated their facial features clockwise. And yes, I've been going to sleep at night playing the game in my head. These are all signs of a good puzzler. But thanks to that daft roulette wheel, Bejeweled Twist stops just short of being great.
This game will grow on you, push you to continuously beat your score and between all of its game modes offers virtually unlimited replayability. Is it a refreshingly different as Peggle? No. This is Bejeweled folks, just with a new “twist.” Yes, perhaps we expected more after all this time but the PopCap magic is indeed here – it might just take you a while to find it.
WindowsOut Of Eight
Some would call the turn-based gameplay strategic, but I would call it boring. The game does look good for a puzzle game, although the lack of 3-D effects during the actual puzzles is questionable. The twisting mechanic increases the sophistication of the product as a whole and it's the next logical step for the franchise, but I found that the innovation wore out its welcome too quickly. I would have expected more special gems and some powers you could save up and use later. Plus, the inability to rotate gems counterclockwise is troubling. Honestly, Saqqarah did this better and with much more variety, so if you are looking for a great match-3 experience with tons of variety, Bejeweled Twist is clearly behind the best in the genre with its seven modes of play. While Bejeweled Twist is a good game, it is not a great game and its repetitive nature will wear on those not utterly entranced by the match-3 puzzle genre.
Nintendo DSBrash Games
Bejeweled Twist is a decent puzzler that will undoubtedly take up many hours of your time if you give it a chance. As a standalone game it’s a bit of a struggle to recommend Bejeweled Twist to most gamers, but if you’re a fan of the Bejeweled mechanic then this is surely a must have for your collection.