Saturday, 22 June, 2002
Bejeweled, a game on the MSN Games site, is one of the best puzzle games I've ever played. A client showed it to me about a year ago, and I spent some (okay, perhaps too much) time playing it then. Now I go back to it periodically just to relax. The game is simple to learn, easy to play, and very well balanced—not too easy and not too hard. The authors did a fine job with the art and the animation, making it visually appealing without making it too busy. You can also download a demo of the standalone game from the site. The standalone game has the same basic game play, but the art and sounds are different, and the bonus scheme is changed. If you're tired of Solitaire and FreeCell, give Bejeweled a try.