For the version of Bejeweled Blitz released exclusively for Xbox 360, see Bejeweled Blitz Live.
|Release date||December 20, 2008|
Bejeweled Blitz is the second spinoff, and fourth title in the Bejeweled series. This game is a fast-paced challenge in which players can rack up as many points as they can in one minute.
It was released as Bejeweled Blitz Beta in 2008, and it was updated with new gem textures and graphics and went out of beta in 2009.
Bejeweled Blitz went through a second redesign, and opened for another round of open beta testing in January 2018 for Google Play users.
This new Bejeweled Blitz is available for iOS and Android on February 9, 2018.
Bejeweled Blitz first debuted in 2008 on Facebook, as Bejeweled Blitz Beta. The graphics and mechanics based on Bejeweled 2, with its Power Gem and Hypercube designs, and the lack of Star Gems. The game was critically acclaimed, as it was voted "Best Facebook Game of 2009" by IGN and later on added as an add-on for the iPhone version of Bejeweled 2.
On April 5, 2010, a new version of Bejeweled Blitz appeared for the PC, based on the then-in-development Bejeweled 3 engine. Also, gems can be swapped while others were still settling for the first time, with the mechanic also re-appearing in Bejeweled 3.
There were three versions with: 220.127.116.1134 (Initial release), 18.104.22.16860 (Most popular release), and 22.214.171.12400 (Final version with Boosts). Unlike the now-upgraded Facebook version, none of the releases had Keystones, Rare Gems, Daily Spin, nor the two other game modes. These features were alleged to be supposed to be included sometime in 2011 with an update along with some PC exclusive features. However, PopCap discontinued the PC version, announcing a focus on updating the Facebook version as well as the newly released ports for iOS and Android devices.
A second Bejeweled Blitz beta was issued to Google Play-supported Android devices. This open beta is available to all Bejeweled Blitz players with the beta testing feature turned on. The redesign removed the x8 multiplier cap, redone the match sounds while the player is on speed bonus, and features a complete UI revamp.
This redesigned Bejeweled Blitz is released as final on February 9, 2018, for iOS and Android devices as a free update.
Bejeweled Blitz has revolved around the concept of scoring as much points as possible in one minute.
Bejeweled Blitz beta
Early versions of Bejeweled Blitz uses the Bejeweled 2 engine with its graphics and visualizers.
It introduces the Speed Bonus, which is initiated when you make three matches in a three-second period that adds an extra 200 points. Every following match made within three seconds adds a hundred extra points to the previous bonus, and caps out at 1000 bonus points. Once at the +1000 stage, the Ignition Meter engages, requiring the player to make sixteen matches with no more than a one-second gap in between matches to fill up the Meter and achieve Blazing Speed, a ten-second bonus where every matched gem explodes like a Flame Gem, scoring extra points.
Multiplier Gems are also introduced, with a x2 multiplier dropping onto the board once 12 gems are detonated in one move. It drops onto a board with its own color, and once matched, doubles the base point count from that match onward. Further Multiplier Gems require 16 or more gems to be detonated at once to be dropped, with its likelihood of dropping decreasing with every multiplier level.
Bejeweled Blitz (2009)
The 2009 update to Blitz received a redesigned interface that will later be reprised in the PC release of Blitz and Bejeweled 3, reusing gem textures from Bejeweled Twist, and introduces the Star Gem, inspired by Twist's own Lightning Gem. The max multiplier level has also been capped at x8. Notably, this redesign introduces the Last Hurrah, where every Flame, Star, Hypercube, and Multiplier Gem will be detonated after the timer reaches zero. Hypercubes will default to zapping the gem in its effective swappable radius of four gems with the least amount of its kind of the board, and Multiplier Gems provide no increases in the factor and merely detonated by its power times a thousand points.
A minor update to Blitz introduces Coin Gems and Boosts. Boosts provide extra help to the player during gameplay, and can be purchased using coins collected from the Coin Gems or the debuting Daily Spin. Each purchased Boost is usable for three consecutive games.
|Multiplier||Drops a free Multiplier Gem onto the board at the start of the minute.|
|Extra Time||Adds an extra five seconds to the timer after the original minute runs out.|
|Mystery Gem||Drops a random Flame Gem, Star Gem, or Hypercube onto the board at the start.|
|Scrambler||Scrambles the board. Occupying the bottom-right square during gameplay, usable twice per game.|
|Detonator||Detonates every Special Gem on the board when activated. Usable once.|
Bejeweled Blitz LIVE
For a more in-depth look, see article Bejeweled Blitz LIVE.
An Xbox Live Arcade exclusive, Blitz Live introduces a variety of Xbox Live-tailored Party modes that allows up to sixteen players in a match at once. This is the first Blitz variant that allows simultaneous multiplayer. Boosts do not appear in this game.
Exclusive to Blitz Live, a Twist mode is available. Forgoing the traditional swapping mechanic for a Gem Rotator akin to the one in Bejeweled Twist, sixty seconds are permitted to score as much points as possible. The Gem Rotator rotates both ways, marking the only occurrence of this in any Bejeweled title to date. Consecutive matches, called Chains, adds small bonus points to every match. A intersecting match in Twist creates a Lightning Gem, and the Supernova Gem makes its own appearance in a Blitz title, formed through a 6-gem match, and is only available in Twist mode. A 5-gem match creates a Lightning Gem similar to Twist.
Bejeweled Blitz (2018)
Featuring yet another redesign, this version of Blitz was first unveiled on January 18 to select Android Bejeweled Blitz players. Sounds, graphics, and menus have all received a facelift, along with the removal of the x8 multiplier cap.
The multiplier cap was reinstated in the February 8 final release, along with the feature that renders all Boosts free.
- The boosts are more expensive in the online version. One popular combination costs 16,000 coins in the online version, but only 9,000 in the offline version.
- Scoring discrepancies exist as well. In the Facebook version, the base value for a Flame Gem is worth 1,050 points or multiples thereof. In the PC version (and Bejeweled 3 as well), the same detonation is worth 1,250 points or multiples thereof.
- Gems can be swapped while others were still settling. However, this does not occur while a Hypercube or Star Gem is being triggered.
- Bejeweled Blitz uses cats as a recurring theme.
- In Daily Challenge mode, you can earn Star Cats for each score level you achieve.
- In the stats screen (Facebook only) there is a button with a cat face on it. Clicking the button plays a "meow" sound. The stats page also tracks how many meows you've meowed from clicking that button and this Rare Gem only.
- Clicking the "share score" button on the end game screen (Facebook only) will occasionally pop a tooltip that looks like a cat.
Title screen music for the mobile version