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Bebbled and Clickomania

Bebbled and Clickomania are variations of the bubble or balloon popping game that I first played on the Pogo website about 10 years ago (remember its slogan? I think it was “Games for Women” or something similarly awkward). Anyway, the game starts with a board full of circle-ish objects in 3-5 colors arranged in columns (i.e., there is gravity) and when you touch any of the shapes, it and all of the objects of the same color that touch it disappear. The ones above drop down. If a column is cleared, the columns move together to fill the empty space. The object is to completely clear the board.

I generally like these games for casual play, and I can play a long session because the balance between strategy and chance is pretty good. Bebbled adds two twists — you get only a certain number of moves to clear the board and (and this is pretty cool) you can turn the field upside down and reverse gravity. Clickomania also has a twist — you can choose the number of balls on the board (a little to a lot) and you can change the number of colors. Either game is worth picking up for a play.

Survival score: A long casual session, once in a while

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Bebbled and Clickomania

Bebbled and Clickomania are variations of the bubble or balloon popping game that I first played on the Pogo website about 10 years ago (remember its slogan? I think it was “Games for Women” or something similarly awkward). Anyway, the game starts with a board full of circle-ish objects in 3-5 colors arranged in columns (i.e., there is gravity) and when you touch any of the shapes, it and all of the objects of the same color that touch it disappear. The ones above drop down. If a column is cleared, the columns move together to fill the empty space. The object is to completely clear the board.

I generally like these games for casual play, and I can play a long session because the balance between strategy and chance is pretty good. Bebbled adds two twists — you get only a certain number of moves to clear the board and (and this is pretty cool) you can turn the field upside down and reverse gravity. Clickomania also has a twist — you can choose the number of balls on the board (a little to a lot) and you can change the number of colors. Either game is worth picking up for a play.

Survival score: A long casual session, once in a while

Bejeweled Blitz

Bejeweled has always been one of my all time favorite games. Simplicity itself. I played it for 2 hours straight waiting in line to vote in the 2008 election, and for at least that long on a flight from the US to Qatar.

So, Blitz looks a lot like Bejeweled. Except it isn’t. Blitz is to Bejeweled as “Who Wants to be a Millionaire” is to Jeopardy. It’s for those who need to have bling and EXCITEMENT when they play their match 3 games. Look, it’s shiny! When I play it, I can just feel my IQ sinking.

Ok. Enough snark from me. You get the picture.

Survival mode: a sickly sweet tasting 5-7 games.

Bejeweled Blitz

Bejeweled has always been one of my all time favorite games. Simplicity itself. I played it for 2 hours straight waiting in line to vote in the 2008 election, and for at least that long on a flight from the US to Qatar.

So, Blitz looks a lot like Bejeweled. Except it isn’t. Blitz is to Bejeweled as “Who Wants to be a Millionaire” is to Jeopardy. It’s for those who need to have bling and EXCITEMENT when they play their match 3 games. Look, it’s shiny! When I play it, I can just feel my IQ sinking.

Ok. Enough snark from me. You get the picture.

Survival mode: a sickly sweet tasting 5-7 games.

Tripevo

The first time I played Tripevo I was surprised by how much I liked it. It’s a match 3 game on a 7×7 board. But instead of pieces dropping or rising, you place each piece exactly where you want it. Plus, each time you get 3 of a kind, one of the trio changes shape and stays on the board, where you have to try to match it with two more of its kind.

So, I picked it up again after several months and played a few rounds. I still think it’s a pretty interesting game, but now I see that there is just too much left to chance. You get to see only the piece that you are placing, so a good portion of the gameplay is still a crapshoot. There are a couple of wild cards here and there, but typically only 1 or 2 a game. A bigger board might make it more interesting…the small area of play just doesn’t afford many strategic options.

Survival score: Only until the novelty wears off. I’d give it 5-7 rounds.

Tripevo

The first time I played Tripevo I was surprised by how much I liked it. It’s a match 3 game on a 7×7 board. But instead of pieces dropping or rising, you place each piece exactly where you want it. Plus, each time you get 3 of a kind, one of the trio changes shape and stays on the board, where you have to try to match it with two more of its kind.

So, I picked it up again after several months and played a few rounds. I still think it’s a pretty interesting game, but now I see that there is just too much left to chance. You get to see only the piece that you are placing, so a good portion of the gameplay is still a crapshoot. There are a couple of wild cards here and there, but typically only 1 or 2 a game. A bigger board might make it more interesting…the small area of play just doesn’t afford many strategic options.

Survival score: Only until the novelty wears off. I’d give it 5-7 rounds.