PopCap Brings New Bejeweled To App Store, Plus Freemium Bejeweled Blitz
You don't have to pay one cent to break those gems. Well, unless you want to.
Today, PopCap will roll out two new versions of the hit puzzle game Bejeweled for the iPhone and iPod Touch.
The first, simply titled Bejeweled, features high resolution graphics and the same gem busting play for $0.99. The second, a freemium version of Bejeweled Blitz, provides 60 seconds of ruby breaking fun, as well as new features.
"With nearly 40 million mobile units sold over the past eight years, Bejeweled is the second best-selling mobile game of all time, behind only Tetris," noted Giordano BrunoContestabile, Bejeweled franchise business director at PopCap Games. "As we strive to reach virtually everyone with a mobile communications device, PopCap will continue to make games that are even more accessible to that ever-expanding global audience. We're taking a critical step toward this goal with the introduction of these new Bejeweled titles that will enhance our offerings on the iPhone for years to come."
Here's the breakdown:
All-New Bejeweled for iPhone
The all-new Bejeweled for iPhone and iPod touch is the next major installment of PopCap's flagship franchise on mobile, and will continually evolve with a range of new and exciting features well into the future. Initially, the all-new Bejeweled features popular game modes, eye-popping, enhanced high-res graphics, plus new, optimized gameplay, including:
-New high-res graphics and retina display support.
-3 game modes: Classic, Zen (featuring 6 ambient sound tracks and 6 mantras) and Diamond Mine.
-In-game leaderboards to track personal high scores.
-User profiles with gameplay statistics and 30 PopCap icons to personalize the experience.
-7 achievement badges with 4 levels each (bronze, silver, gold, platinum), plus 3 elite badges.
-A player ranking system.
Bejeweled Blitz Standalone Freemium Edition for iPhone
Marking the first time PopCap has offered a freemium title, the new standalone edition of Bejeweled Blitz for iPhone and iPod touch is an exciting spin-off of the phenomenally popular game mode, available now as a free download with full Facebook integration and cool new content. The freemium edition offers the same riveting 60-second game action, just as in the original Bejeweled Blitz experience, but now adds a number of new features, including:
-An entirely new and irresistible user-interface.
-The Daily Spin feature where players try their luck to get bonus coins.
-A fun new tutorial system to help get new players moving up the leaderboards as quickly as possible.
-Retina display support and more.
On a sad note, the company will retire Bejeweled 2 for the iPhone and iPod Touch.
Look for these games to appear on your country's App Store sometime today.