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Bejeweled Twist is a match-3 game developed and published by PopCap Games. It is the third overall and first spin-off title in the Bejeweled series, as well as being the first PopCap title to be released in high definition and feature widescreen support.

Bejeweled Twist differs greatly in play style compared to previous entries. Unlike other games in the series, Twist is played by rotating four gems clockwise instead of swapping two adjacent gems. The game features four modes, and introduces several new elements to the series, including the Lightning Gem, the Supernova Gem, and Bad Gems.

The game was initially released on October 27, 2008 for PC, and was released on other platforms afterwards.

Gameplay[]

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Gameplay of the game's Classic Mode

Bejeweled Twist plays differently compared to previous entries in the Bejeweled series. Rather than using the traditional movements of swapping two adjacent gems, the player rotates four gems in a 2 by 2 square clockwise, attempting to line up three or more gems to clear them from the board. With the expanded gem movement, up to four matches can be made in a single move. Unlike the other games in the series, Bejeweled Twist allows matchless moves to be made for the first time.

In addition to the returning Flame Gems, new special gems have been added, including the addition of Lightning Gems and Supernova Gems. Lightning Gems are created when five gems are lined up in a row. When detonated, it destroys all the gems in its row and column. A Supernova Gem is a powerful gem made by matching six or more gems in a row. When detonated, it destroys all gems in it's rows and columns from a 3x3 radius. Also introduced to Bejeweled Twist are Coals, which cannot be matched, but award bonus points when destroyed by a Special Gem.

New features include the introduction of a Chain Multiplier, which will increase in ticks following consecutive matches. Filling up the chain bar increases the multiplier, multiplying points earned. If a matchless move is made, the chain bar will empty. If another matchless move is made, the multiplier goes down by one. The multiplier maxes out after the tenth multiplier; if it is filled out twice at the tenth multiplier, a Fruit Gem is generated on the game board. Fruit Gems destroy all the gems of its color when matched, similar to a Hyper Cube, as well as destroying all locks on the board and adding extra ticks to Bomb Gems. Another addition is the Bonus Challenge, which is displayed on the bottom left of the status ship. When gems are matched in the order shown on screen, the player is awarded more ticks on the Chain Bar, and one Bad Gem on the game board is destroyed. If no Bad Gems are on the board, additional ticks are awarded instead. When a Fruit Gem is detonated, the Bonus Challenge becomes the Mega Fruit Bonus. Completing the Mega Fruit Bonus awards the player massive amounts of points from the dancing Fruit Gems and rewards a Fruit Gem on the game board.

Bad Gems are introduced in Bejeweled Twist, which have a negative impact on gameplay and appear in all of the game's modes, except in Zen and some Challenges. They appear in every mode except Zen and certain Challenge modes. Bad Gems include Bomb Gems, Locked Gems and Doom Gems. Bomb Gems (the most common type of bad gems) has a counter on top of it that decreases by one number every time a move is made. If a Bomb Gem reaches zero, the player is given the chance to disarm the bomb with the Disarm Spinner. If they succeed, the Bomb Gem will be destroyed and all bombs will have six extra ticks added, but with a lower chance of disarming the next bomb. If they fail, the Bomb Gem destroys the board, ending the game. Locked Gems appear periodically on the game board, and prevent the player from moving the gem. It however, can be matched or destroyed by a Special Gem to destroy the lock. Doom Gems appear later in the game, and cannot be moved or matched. It has a counter that only decreases when a matchless move is made, and instantly explodes when it reaches zero, ending the game.

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The play menu in Bejeweled Twist (Windows version), with all game modes available.

Bejeweled Twist features a total of four (five in the Nintendo DS versions) different playable game modes, all of which are accessed from the game's Play menu. Only two of the game modes can be played at first, while the remaining game modes become available by fulfilling certain requirements.

The playable game modes in Bejeweled Twist consist of the following:

  • Classic requires the player to disarm Bomb Gems and Doom Gems before they tick down to zero. The game ends when the player could not stop a Bad Gem from detonating.
  • Zen is an endless version of Classic, where none of the bad gems appear, allowing infinite play and allowing the player to play the game at ease.
  • Challenge consists of thirteen distinct challenge types of increasing difficulties, each with unique goals and requirements. This mode is unlocked by earning the third Rank in the Windows and Nintendo DS versions; or the second Rank in the mobile version.
  • Blitz allows a maximum of five minutes for the player to score as much points as possible. This mode is unlocked by completing the tenth level in the Classic mode in the Windows and Nintendo DS versions; or earning the third Rank in the mobile version; it is available from the start in the Steam version.
  • Battle is a multiplayer mode that appears in the Nintendo DS and Nintendo DSiWare versions of the game, and involves attacking the opponent by sending Bomb Gems to the opponent's game board, and pushing the progress tube to the edge to win the game. Unlike the other game modes, this mode requires two Nintendo DS or Nintendo DSi systems with two copies of either the Game Card or DSiWare version of the game.

Beta elements[]

For the beta elements and unused content, see List of Bejeweled Twist pre-release and unused content.

Release[]

Bejeweled Twist was initially released on PC on October 27, 2008.[1] It was originally released on PopCap.com, but became available on other sites. As of now, the game is currently available on Origin for PC and Steam. Following it's initial release, the game was ported to several other platforms.

Web Browsers[]

Bejeweled Twist was ported to the Adobe Flash Player platform on November 30, 2009. The Flash version of the game only features Classic and a 3 minute version of Blitz. The online version of the game also lacks the Bonus Challenge feature.

Mobile Phones[]

On May 7, 2009,[2] Bejeweled Twist was ported over to cellphones through the Java ME platform.

Consoles[]

A downloadable version of Bejeweled Twist was released on the Nintendo DSi through the Nintendo DSi Shop's DSiWare platform on December 14, 2009.[3] The DSi version contained the PC version's Classic Mode and a brand new exclusive Battle mode, where players who had two DS systems with two copies of the game could battle against each other. A physical version of the game, containing the game's other modes and features, was released on January 19, 2010.[4] The DSiWare's release in Japan was distributed by Square Enix and was released on December 22, 2010.[5] The DSiWare version would release on the Nintendo 3DS' Nintendo eShop on July 7, 2011.[6]

The Japanese release did not receive a release on the Japanese Nintendo eShop and was delisted with the closure of the Nintendo DSi Shop on March 31, 2017.[7] The DSiWare version of the game was delisted around Q1 2022 worldwide, following the initial announcement of the closure of the Nintendo eShop for the Nintendo 3DS; delisted alongside many of Electronic Arts' other games released on the DSiWare service.

Trivia[]

  • This game is one of only two titles in the Bejeweled franchise that allows a player to make a matchless move, the other being Bejeweled Blitz Live.
  • This is the only major Bejeweled spin-off game to have never been released on home consoles, the other being Bejeweled Stars.
  • This is the first PopCap game to feature widescreen and 1080p support.
  • This is the first Bejeweled game to feature cameos or references to other PopCap franchises.
  • Hovering over the four game mode buttons clockwise (starting with Classic) three times will display the credits for this game.
  • This game also contains unused objects, including gems like Skull Gem and Ice Gem.
  • The gems received a makeover yet again; they all look slimmer, glossier and more realistic. The graphics were reused in Bejeweled Blitz (in the PC version, and eventually Facebook as well) and Bejeweled 3.
  • Although this is not confirmed, the autosave function may break if the game detects it has been cracked or pirated. This detection happens as soon as it is launched from a cracked source, evidenced by the fact that it can reset to the last save from a legitimate source.
  • In the mobile version, there are more tutorials and tips than the other versions (ex. presenting the game mode, warning if a Bomb reaches five,..), each one is called a Twist Tip and appear once per game. However, they can be shown again by choosing Reset Tips in the Options menu. It also uses slightly different rules and has some features removed, for example the Bonus Challenge. Also, all awarded points in Classic, Zen and Blitz are worth 1.2 times more compared to other versions in the mobile version.
  • In the Nintendo DS version, gem falling effect that activates when you finish a game of Blitz or failing to complete any challenges in Challenge mode (except Survivor) doesn't used but the Game Over message.

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