Popcap Games recently released a version of their viral favorite Bejeweled to Facebook. This time the company took a new direction with the title and put a 60 second limit on the game. Think of it like a Blitzkrieg of Berlin version of the more normally laid back title. And what Blitzkrieg it is. If you know Bejeweled then you know how addictive the games can be. Take that addictiveness and multiply; when you start playing blitz we’ve left the casual drug scene and dipped fullon into the world of crack and crank. We aren’t in Kansas anymore.

After searching all of the content throughout the entire World Wide Web and finding nothing I thought I would start pulling together tips and tricks for this intense mind-job of a game.

Tip 1: Get Moving

Given you are only given 60 seconds it goes without saying that you need to giddy-up. But how? First things first. Make sure you just rebooted your computer. Nothing is more frustrating than to start playing and have your CPU pause on you for 3 or 4 seconds… because the action may pause, but the clock definitely doesn’t. Second tip is – don’t use your laptop’s touchpad. Don’t even think about it. Or even a trackball. Use a mouse. And the next tip here is continued out in Tip 2 below.

Tip 2: Patterns

In order to pick your speed up exponentially start figuring out the patterns.  See the threes that are available to you and all the permutations that they come in.  See the fours and weight those higher than the threes.  And above all find those fives!!

More importantly than figuring out the patterns – figure out the patterns that your brain just can’t figure out. Without knowing where your weaknesses are you’ll never improve.  For me I have problems with diagonals. They just send my brain into a conniption. Throw a five gem diagonal in front of my face and I shut down.   I am just CERTAIN there must be a kill in there somewhere. But no.  So, play a few times watching what you are doing and memorize solutions to the common problems. Also, watch someone else play. And notice the patterns they see that you aren’t seeing.

Tip 3: The Multipliers

To be 100% honest, I am not sure how the multipliers are dropped. I have theories on how they get dropped… but they are unsubstantiated in the extreme. It either has to do with the number of combinations that you drop in one move – or something to do with the speed bonuses.  If you have more information on this I would love to hear from you!!  Presently I have a couple of questions out to others who are big into the game.  But nothing substantial yet.

But one thing I do know is that you need them badly.  Desperately.  To get out of the 30k to 40k range you HAVE to have multipliers. You need at least 3x to start aiming for 60k-70k range.   I’ve confirmed one report that they’ve seen up to 6x hit the board… so get all the love you can.

Tip 4:  Avoid the Deer in the Headlights

Ok, so a multiplier drops on to your board.  But the gem is blue and there aren’t any blues anywhere even close.  Let it go.  Walk away and don’t think about it again.  The board will toss love your direction if you attack it where the combos are.  But if you force a solution you may get your multiplier but all your time will drain away… and you’ll be stuck with your pyrrhic victory and 10,000 points.  This is true with any shiny object.  Well except for a five-combo that is… but you know what I mean.  Don’t let the shiny object distract you.  If it isn’t there don’t force it.

Challenge Level Tips:  Play Strategies

Patterns

I have just begun using this technique and it has been a huge bonus  so far.  But I haven’t worked out all the kinks yet.  Regardless, above we have an example of an opening board configuration I just snagged randomly from Bejeweled Blitz out on Facebook.  As this theory espouses, as soon as the game begins you should notice the most densely populated gem type.  And here’s the trick, avoid playing them.

Eh?  What’d he say?  He can’t have just said what I thunk he just said.  Because I see like four or five easy plays in the purples all by themselves. No, don’t playthem.  Play everything else.  And in so doing the hope is that the fives will start dropping out of the sky like nobodies bidness.  And once the first five plays and the color disappears, select the next color to avoid.

More advanced tips next time…  Until next time!

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9 Responses

  1. Sebi

    It drops multipliers for me when i perform a chain that involves an explosion. For example, it has worked for me nonstop as follows.

    1. Capture shiny gem that explodes, and it immediately captures a set of 3.

    2. Or, when i explode a gem, it blows up an adjacent shiny gem causing a chain explosion.

    Number 1 also works in reverse. If you capture 3, and chains into an explosion capture.

    I think you’re right though about the speed bonus, because sometimes the patterns I explained do not work but I don’t think my speed bonus was sufficient.

    Oh, i also notice that it happens after a successful chain of 3 captures. Meaning, 3 cascade captures.

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  2. Taylor

    Nicely done Sebi. I do think you are correct. After watching the bonuses more closely it seems to correspond with everything you spell out here.

    After realizing that bonuses sort of corrupt the skill involved I started a group called “Bejewlers Against Multipliers” – or some such. The bonuses make it easy for really anyone to score astronomically high as long as they play often enough and get lucky once. So, I’ve come to respect a non-multiplied score of 40 or 50k way higher than a score of 200k even.

    But I digress. Thanks for the clarification!
    Taylor

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  3. Bryant

    It states in the game rules that if you clear 12 or more gems in one move you get a multiplier gem. This can only be done once every (approximately) 10 seconds. So, it is theoretically possible to get x7 or x8. My favorite way to get them is by connecting a power gem into a group of 4 so that you get a double explosion. As long as you are not near the border, you will get 12 every time.

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  4. Taylor

    Hey Bryant,
    great catch on finding the rules. Love to read them myself. Where did you find them?

    Also, I recently found a hack that allows your play indefinitely. I can confirm that the game definitely only allows up to a 10x multiplier but no more. So that confirms what you were saying about the frequency. Great post.

    Taylor

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  5. Bryant

    There is a link on the top called tips and tricks. It takes you to http://apps.facebook.com/bejeweledblitz/gameplay.php

    If you can produce a multiplier gem in the couple seconds before the clock starts you are at x2 then first 10 seconds you could get x3; 20 seconds x4; 30 seconds x5; 40 seconds x 6; 50 seconds x7

    However, getting the best multiplier doesn’t guarantee a good score. So, at the same time you need to keep the speed bonus up.

    I am not very good at actually pulling it off, but if you can look at the whole screen and make quick matches while planning out your big point scores you will do better.

    I also like to click on the jewel that I am going to move next and hold down the button and put on the adjacent square. So, as soon as the cascade is done it will move it. This gives me time to find the next match, and do the same thing.

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  6. Rachel

    According to popcap.com:
    Multiplier Gem – These gems are created when one swap results in 12 or more gems disappearing from the board. This can occur in a cascade or by using a Power Gem to detonate a neighboring Power Gem. A Multiplier Gem can only be created about every 10 seconds. Matching the Multiplier Gem will multiply the points you get from then until the end of the game.

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  7. Anacrpytion

    Thanks so much!! Half of it was almost copy and pasted from the “Tips and Tricks” section on Bejeweled Blitz, but a few things I learned!!

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