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The Bejeweled History

Video games have become a staple of modern society, and Bejeweled is one of the most popular. One can speculate to the exact nature of how Bejeweled, all of its versions and knockoffs included, has become so loved by so many Flash gamers, but that may come with a greater understanding of game development itself. A history of Bejeweled and how Bejeweled influenced the creation of new games, such as Jackpotjoy bingo themed game, follows.

First, a brief history of the Bejeweled franchise is related here. Development of Bejeweled began in Spring of 2000 as a Flash game by PopCap Games. By June a working version of the game called Diamond Mind was operable. By November, the name was changed to Bejeweled, and it was launched all over the Web. In Spring of 2001, PopCap began free trial downloads of the game. Users had the option to purchase the game after the limited free trial offer. In December, Bejeweled won Puzzle Game of the Year in Computer Gaming World, and in 2002, it was inducted into Computer Gaming World Hall of Fame, the only puzzle game to win such recognition since Tetris. Two years later, in November 2004, Bejeweled 2 was launched, and in 2006, more than 6 languages were added to it. In October of 2008, Bejeweled Twist was released, and in 2009, Bejeweled was the best-selling game for iPhone, and Bejeweled Blitz was release for Facebook.com.

Next, a delineation of Bejeweled's influence on the development of other games follows. PopCap's rich history of Bejeweled iterations and releases is an impressive story of how a simple game idea can flourish into a fairy tale: the unknown, uninitiated Flash game turned Web phenom. This renown has enabled Bejeweled to influence the breeding of a myriad of similar games. Bejeweled-style games are termed Match 3 games, because they all depend on the achievement of a three items in a row of the same pieces. Some of the more popular Match 3 (Bejeweled-style) games are enumerated here: Aurora Feint for iPhone, Beghouled by PopCap, Beghouled Twist also by PopCap, Diamond Twister by Gameloft, Goober's Lab on Webkinz, JewelQuest, King Boo's Puzzle Attack for Wii, Magic Duel for Disney, Puzzle Quest role-play game, Switch on FunBrain, and The Treasures of Montezuma by Alawar Games.

Bejeweled has been one of the most influential developments in Flash game design and production of the last decade. Naturally, not every game developed can enjoy such a following. It leads many developers to ask the question: What makes it so special? They ask these questions in the hopes of cracking some magic formula that would make their game the next Bejeweled in terms of profitability.

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