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Ice Storm
Ice Storm Game Mode
In-game music
Original source
"Hold back the rising ice columns"
Bejeweled 3, game menu description

Ice Storm is a game mode that appear in most versions of Bejeweled 3.

In the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of Bejeweled 3, the icon that represents Ice Storm in the game menu is a snow flake.

How to unlock

  • In the PC, Mac, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, Nintendo DS version, it becomes available by earning a high score of at least 100,000 points in Lightning.

Like all the other game modes, this game mode is unlocked by default in Bejeweled Classic. The game mode originally did not appear in the launch version, but became available via an update that was released on March 29, 2017 with a free game mode.


Ice Storm Mode How to Play

An overview of Ice Storm's instructions.

In Ice Storm, columns of ice extrude from the bottom of the game board toward the top. The object is to destroy the columns by matching gems over them. The types of matches have different effects on the rising ice; horizontal matches push down columns, while vertical matches shatter them. Special Gem effects can lower and destroy ice columns as well. At the beginning of each Ice Storm game, the columns are double-wide and rise at a slow pace. As the game progresses, single-wide columns appear and the rate in which the columns rise increases.

To the left of the board is a tank with water inside it. Knocking down and destroying ice columns fills the container with more water. When the tank is full, it drains the water, the multiplier increments by one, and the top of the board releases steam that pushes the columns down. Refilling the container after each time it empties requires clearing more ice.

During each game of Ice Storm, Hypercubes fall into the game board every now and then.

Ice Storm Mode Game Over

The game board, as it appears frozen over.

When an ice column reaches the top of the game board, a skull icon appears over the column and a secondary"internal" column begins to rise. Pushing down or destroying the original ice column removes the secondary column. When an internal column approaches the top, various things that intensify the situation occur (a warning sound plays, the background darkens, snow starts to fall, etc.). When a secondary ice column reaches the top, the skull icon above the column turns red and enlarges. If the column is not pushed down or destroyed within a few seconds, the game ends in which the entire board freezes over.

If a game of Ice Storm lasts longer than seven and a half minutes, the game will then enter a "sudden death" state. When this occurs, ice columns will have their secondary column reach the top immediately after the main column hits the top of the board, effectively reducing the amount of time the player has to clear the columns.

Upon completing a game of Ice Storm, a Stats Screen appears with various information about the finished game.

In the Chinese Plus version of Bejeweled 3, Ice Storm combines gameplay elements from Lightning Mode in which it is possible to get Speed Bonuses and Blazing Speed bonuses. These function the same way as they do in Lightning.


Ice Storm Mode Multiplier Up

The Score Multiplier level increasing.

Ice Storm incorporates the same basic scoring mechanics as those in Classic. However, the base point values in Ice Storm are doubled (except for making a Hypercube). For example, the base value for creating a match of three basic gems is 50 points in Classic but 100 points in Ice Storm.

Ice Storm also features Column Combos, unique bonuses in which destroying ice columns in quick succession gives extra points. The base value for removing a column is 1,500 points. Destroying more ice columns after the first two in a Column Combo awards base point values that increase by increments of 1,000, starting with 5,000. The largest base value of extra points gained by maintaining a Column Combo is 15,000. Column Combos reset if the ice columns are not destroyed within seconds of each other.

With the Chinese Plus version of Bejeweled 3, the base value for earning a Speed Bonus is 80 points. Successive matches in a Speed Bonus give extra base point values that increase by increments of 40. The largest base value of extra points gained by maintaining a Speed Bonus is 400.

Displayed above the water tank is the Score Multiplier. Upon filling the container each time, the multiplier level increases by one.


  • Pausing the game in Ice Storm causes the gems to vanish, but they reappear upon resuming the game. This most likely happens to prevent "cheating."
  • The effects of Supernova Gems only push down ice columns, not remove them in the PC and Mac versions of Bejeweled 3.
  • Swapping 2 Hypercubes causes all of the columns to be destroyed.
  • Once a Star Gem is detonated and an ice column is below it, the column will be destroyed by the vertical lightning of the Star Gem.


Image Name Description
Bejeweled 3 Glacial Explorer Glacial Explorer Achieve specific high scores in Ice Storm.
Bejeweled 3 Ice Breaker Ice Breaker Get specific levels of Column Combos in Ice Storm.


Image Name Description Value
Cold Feat Cold Feat Get a ×5 Score Multiplier level in Ice Storm. 10G (Xbox 360 version)
Silver Trophy (PlayStation 3 version)


Pointy ice path purple
Pointy ice path

Ice Storm's unique background in the PC and Mac versions (top) compared to its based background (buttom)

  • Ice Storm has a unique backdrop that is not featured in the other game modes of Bejeweled 3.
    • It is a modification variant of standard background #6, which is much darker and tined purple compared to original one, the aurora were removed, and the ice trail only has its base part.
    • This particular background does not exist in the Nintendo DS version and Bejeweled Classic.
      • The Nintendo DS version and early phone version uses standard background #6 (same to mini-quest version) instead.
      • Bejeweled Classic (on tablets/large screens version since Ince Storm update, and on phone version in later updates) uses background #10 (tube tree forest) instead.
  • Based on evidence present in the game files of Bejeweled 3, Ice Storm was once known as Inferno during development, and had rising fire instead of ice.

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese アイスストーム
Aisu Sutōmu
Ice Storm
Spanish Glaciar Glacier
French Blizzard Blizzard
German Eissturm Ice Storm
Italian Tormenta Snowstorm
Portuguese Glacial Glacial
Chinese 冰风暴
Bīng Fēngbào
Ice Storm


See also