Bejeweled 2 Review
Price: 1000 Wii Points
Few games reach the status of Bejeweled, as one of the most popular and addictive casual games available. It is one of the most popular ‘match three’ puzzlers ever released, evidenced by its availability on a multitude of platforms including XBLA, PSN, Wiiware, Iphone, PC, and PSP. Bejeweled 2 has been around since 2004, and has only now been optimised for the Wii.
If you don’t know already, the concept is that you match three or more blocks of a similar colour to make them disappear, and a new set of blocks will replace them on the screen. Combos and clearing special blocks on the screen will yield higher points, and you need a certain number of points to progress to the next stage.
The Wii version of Bejeweled 2 contains three control schemes for the platform. The first is using the Wii remote horizontally, minimising the use of motion control. The second scheme is using the Wii remote sensor to grab blocks and flicking it to switch them. The classic controller can also be used for those who have the peripheral. Besides the control scheme, plus the slight addition of adding a Mii avatar to your playing screen, there isn’t much difference from this Wii port to the other versions available.
The Final Verdict
While Bejeweled 2 will always be a great game that is highly addictive, this Wii port doesn’t offer much value in terms of owning it for the console. For a game that is $1.19 for Iphone (and it comes with a free copy of Blitz), or free to play on the web, it’s hard justifying the price. 1000 Wii Points is overpriced for a direct port, and you’d probably be able to find something more worthwhile for the price.
By Jeann Wong
We say: GOOD BUY