it was created by PopCap Games as a web-based Flash game called Diamond
Mine. The game was an incredible success for PopCap, which had only formed
in 2000. PopCap created partnerships with well established Internet gaming
sites such as Microsoft Zone to host Bejeweled as well. The game has also
been ported to other platforms, including Bejeweled Deluxe for Microsoft
Windows. Astraware produced Bejeweled for PDAs on the Palm OS, PocketPC
and Smartphone platforms. They also released Bejeweled Deluxe on the Xbox
as a downloadable Xbox Live Arcade game. On September 12, 2006, it was
released as one of the first games downloadable from the iTunes Store
for the Apple iPod.
Recently, skill games like Bejeweled have been retooled for head-to-head
gaming sites like SkillJam and WorldWinner. Players can play in "vs."
games for cash prizes or join tournaments.
Bejeweled 2 is another free web-based game. In 2004 Bejeweled 2 Deluxe
was released. They both add extra game modes and features to the game.
The deluxe version has a free 60 minute trial and can be unlocked by entering
a key after buying it. They also released Bejeweled 2 Deluxe on the Xbox
360 as a downloadable Xbox Live Arcade game.
Bejeweled 2 adds a "puzzle" mode, in which various patterns
of gems appear at the start, and the aim is to clear all the gems. The
deluxe version adds more puzzles.
Bejeweled 2 also has a new name for the timed mode, "action".
The deluxe version adds an "endless" mode. In both cases the
gems are random except that there is always at least one valid move...