A little over 2 years ago, I became hooked.   I finally became one of the millions that joined the huge time killer known as Facebook.  Nope, didn’t get hooked on Facebook.  Through Facebook I found a game by the name of Bejeweled Blitz by PopCap games.  Many of you have probably heard of it, and maybe even played it.  The object of the game is to swap “gems” to match like colors/shapes, at least 3, to cause an explosion with more shapes dropping in from the top.  The more you match, the more points you earn.

Matching 3 gems is the most basic.  This will eliminate those 3 gems, and more gems drop into the game field.  Matching 4 gems will create a “power gem”.  Once you then match that power gem into a set of 3, it will explode and eliminate the gems that surround it.  If you match 5 like gems, it creates a hypercube, which you can then use to eliminate whichever color gem you choose, by swapping the hypercube with that gem.  You also have the chance to multiply your points by 2x, 3x, 4x, 5x, and so on, by matching random gems throughout the game.

Oh, I almost forgot, you’re also under the intense pressure of a game timer, 1 minute to be exact.  The game keeps track of your stats, or how many times you’ve reached certain point levels.  Below are my stats:

Point Level Times Achieved
25k 1474
50K 1569
75K 1301
100K 1427
125K 1168
150K 782
175K 450
200K 332
225K 200
250K 242
300K 90
350K 36
400K 8
450K 4
500K 2

As you can see, I’ve played the game A LOT!  9,085 to be exact.  I know you’re thinking “man, he spends a ton of time on Facebook!”.   Nope, I actually don’t.  A couple of months after finding this wonderful game through a Facebook app, I received an iPod Touch for Christmas.  What was the first app I downloaded?  You guessed it….Bejeweled!!

I can (and do) literally play the game anywhere I want.  It’s so easy to just play a couple of quick games because they only take a minute each.  This is, by far, the most addicting game I have ever played.  If you haven’t heard of it, or played it, or both, I highly recommend you do so.  That is, if you’re ready to be BLITZED!!

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