Those Games We Play

At Home, Welcome To Our World

This episode is inspired by:

Bejeweled 2

Available on the Xbox Live Marketplace

Quick Review:

This fantastically addictive puzzle game, like so many others, is built around very simple game mechanics. You can slide a colored gem over one space to match up at least three in a row. And then spend days on end doing just that.

Puzzle games are held to a different standard; Other games would be penalized for such repetition, but this is what makes Bejeweled a great game. It's a great way to unwind, and you can just play for a little while at a time and be completely satisfied.

There are different modes, such as timed mode or endless mode, each self-explanatory. The graphics are very basic, as they should be. One of the faults of the game is the shininess of the special effects. They can grow wearisome as you stare at the television for too long.

Also working against this game is age… now that Bejeweled 3 has been released, this version seems slow and a bit lacking on the gem types.

Recommended for a puzzle game fans, as well as any non-gamer with free time on their hands.

 3 Stars

Lizzy Says

I've been playing "Endless Mode" for about three years. I'm on level 30-something. I think I get an achievement when I pass level 240. If Man Is Still Alive.

Clyde Says

I see sparklies when I close my eyes.

That may or may not have to do with this game.

Artist's Notes

These "At Home" sequences are simply designed to move the actual plot along, ever so slowly. I know most people don't read a video game comic because of the story or the characters, so I space out the Home strips to one series every other month or so.

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