News : Bejeweled 3!!!

I got really shocked to know this. I'd copy & paste whole press release below.

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PopCap Games Announces Bejeweled? 3

Long-Anticipated Sequel to World's Most Popular Puzzle Game Will Take Match-3 Genre to New Heights

 

 

SEATTLE, Washington, and DUBLIN, Ireland ? November 1, 2010 ? PopCap Games, the worldwide leader in casual games, today announced the imminent launch of Bejeweled? 3, the first true sequel to its beloved flagship franchise in more than six years. Featuring a wealth of new content and triple the fun of previous installments in the series, Bejeweled 3 elevates the match-3 category of puzzle games pioneered by PopCap a decade ago to an entirely new level. Bejeweled 3 will launch on December 7, 2010 via PopCap.com and other major portals in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific as well as at leading retail outlets throughout North America at a suggested retail price of US$19.95.

 

Beyond stunning, high-definition graphics and mellifluous music and sound effects, Bejeweled 3 is packed with completely new game experiences in addition to updated and expanded re-imaginings of the four original game modes from Bejeweled 2. Four all-new secret games including Ice Storm and Poker offer surprising new interpretations of the Bejeweled theme, while Quest mode features eleven mini-games ? clever hybrids of Bejeweled game-play with other classic game mechanics ? comprising 40 total quests.

 

“Casual video games have been popular going back to the 1980s, but the introduction of Bejeweled 10 years ago launched an entire industry,” explained David Cole, founder and president of DFC Intelligence, the oldest research firm focused entirely on the video game market. “No other casual game comes close to the success of Bejeweled in terms of popularity and influence. PopCap has been able to keep the franchise strong for 10 years because they have focused on quality and innovation and have not flooded the market with dozens of sequels. I fully expect Bejeweled 3 to not only be a big success in its own right, but also ensure the Bejeweled brand continues to grow in popularity over its next decade on the market.”

 

New and expanded features in Bejeweled 3 will include:

-          Classic: Play the most popular puzzle game of the century, with powerful new gems and new ultra-smooth gameplay

-          Quest: Journey through 40 magical puzzles in this multifaceted Bejeweled challenge!

-          Zen: Personalize your experience with ambient sounds and binaural beats ? a revolutionary new way to relax!

-          Lightning: Charge up with a heart-pounding, beat-the-clock bout of gem-blasting fun!

-          Secret Games: Unlock 4 all-new games including Butterflies and Ice Storm

-          Badges: Earn up to 65 badges to prove your skills

-          High-definition graphics and high-fidelity audio: Bejeweled is now more dazzling than ever before!

-          Ultra-smooth gameplay: Make multiple matches while new gems fall into place

 

“The challenge in creating a new version of Bejeweled is to innovate and keep it fresh and exciting without losing touch with the game-play that millions of people love. So we’re very careful when we make changes to the core game, which is why it can take so long!” said Jason Kapalka, co-founder and chief creative officer at PopCap and co-creator of Bejeweled. “We've worked hard to make sure Bejeweled 3 retains the classic appeal of the earlier games while bringing a host of exciting new features to the table.”

 

Since its introduction 10 years ago, Bejeweled has become one of the top 10 video game franchises in history. More than half a billion people worldwide have played the game, and over 50 million units have been sold across 17 platforms. An estimated 7.5 billion hours have been spent playing Bejeweled, and the game continues to sell at the rate of one copy every 4.3 seconds.


About PopCap

PopCap Games is the leading global developer, publisher and operator of casual video games: fun, easy-to-learn, captivating games that appeal to all ages across PC, mobile, social and other platforms. Based in Seattle, Washington, PopCap was founded in 2000 and has a worldwide staff of more than 350 people in Seattle, San Francisco, Chicago, Vancouver, B.C., Dublin, Seoul, Shanghai and Tokyo. PopCap's games have been downloaded over 1.5 billion times by consumers worldwide, and its flagship title, Bejeweled?, has sold more than 50 million units.

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Review : [Bejeweled 2] (2008) <iPhone>

Developer : Popcap
Release year : 2008
Price : 2.99$

Buy. Must.

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I don't have to explain what this game is, however it has [Bejeweled Blitz] & became much more powerful. You could struggle with Friends at Facebook, even through Facebook. And as I played all of Facebook / PC / iPhone version of [Bejeweled Blitz], this iPhone version is also good one. Popcap will update iPhone version to use Coins / Items in the near future, and that will be much better at then. You'd purchase & be hooked, as I did.

Where to buy : iTunes appstore
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News : Popcap's April Fools Day!

I got this press release from Popcap right now. (They didn't change popcap.com, anyway.)

Here comes copy & paste!

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PopCap Announces Celebrity Bejeweled? - A Star-Studded New Adaptation of Flagship Franchise

$2000 MSRP Game Includes Certified DNA From Neil Diamond

 

SEATTLE, Washington and DUBLIN, Ireland ? April 1, 2010 ? PopCap Games, maker of some of the world’s most popular video games, today announced a new celebrity edition of its flagship franchise Bejeweled?. Available only in a limited edition retail box crafted from cubic zirconia and sold only at PopCap.com, Celebrity Bejeweled replaces the traditional gem pieces with holographic likenesses of gem-named superstars from popular film, television, music and sports. Further, the special collector's edition package includes actual genetic samples of featured celebrities, for use in home chemistry experiments, various forms of extortion and/or sale on eBay. Celebrity Bejeweled carries a suggested retail price of US$2000. (Due to live DNA samples, this product requires hand-delivery to addresses in Kentucky, Michigan and the less lenient counties of Arkansas. Further, some copies may contain trace amounts of Alec Baldwin spliced with Lady Gaga.)

Dozens of celebrities were considered for inclusion in the new game, with the following receiving the ultimate honor of their respective careers: musicians Neil Diamond, Jewel and Crystal Gayle; renowned artist Jasper Johns; and action movie star and former big-time wrestler Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. Singer Pearl Bailey and NBA Hall of Famer Earl "The Pearl" Monroe will share the honor of replacing the white gem in the game (mostly because Oprah Winfrey refused to legally change her first name to "Opal"). Lastly Amber Smith, former Sports Illustrated swimsuit model and first model of the original Wonderbra ad campaign, will thumb-wrestle TV and film actress Amber Tamblyn (of General Hospital and Joan of Arcadia fame) for the seventh and final gem spot.

About PopCap

PopCap is awesome!

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PR Contacts:

North America:

Garth "Silver Tongue" Chouteau

 

International:

Cathy "Solid Gold" Orr


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5 reasons : Why Popcap is Good?

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To my happy, they never disappoint me after [Bookworm Adventures] in 2006.


1. [Bejeweled].

Who didn't play [Bejeweled] at all? If you've not played it, that's just misunderstood, you might not remember the name.

Of course, [Bejeweled] is NOT everything Popcap has, anyway it has been really big sales / play time until now. And for some Casual Gamers who don't remember the names, [Bejeweled] is Popcap & Popcap is [Bejeweled].


2. 1 game -> Many platforms as possible.

Their unique business style. "Make 1 game & Convert to Many platforms as possible." That really works for their business, and our gaming needs.

For example, [Bejeweled] has been released for Windows PC (Download / Web) - Gaming Console (XBOX Live Arcade) - Mobile (PDA / Cell / Smart / iPhone) - In-flight entertainment system - Hotel game-on-demand - Lottery(!) ticket - and even [World of Warcraft] & Facebook.


3. Really good Casual Games.

I'm not sure every Popcap games has been good. But at least, after [Bookworm Adventures] in 2006, all Popcap games by 'major studio' are good.1

[Bookworm Adventures] - [Peggle] series - [Bejeweled Twist] - and recent masterpiece [Plants vs Zombies]. 4 great (or good for somebody) games in 4 years. How can't I like that company?


4. They care about Hard Core Gamers, too.

Basically Popcap is making games for Casual Gamers. Casual Game market is very different from Hard Core Games, as you already know. But to my suprise, or just be simple, they also care about Hard Core Gamers!

For [Plants vs Zombies], you could clear 'Adventure Mode' not-so-hard. After that, real game starts which is more challening. For [Peggle] series - [Bejeweled Twist], both of them have 'harder challening levels', which could be good gifts for Hard Core Gamers.

And Popcap is selling their games at Steam2, which could be 'Sanctuary of Hard Core Gamers'. Not just selling their games at Steam, but also does some Promotion as [Peggle Extreme] - add Steam Achievements at [Plants vs Zombies].


5. They research for 'Stress Relief' & 'Family Unite with Casual Game'.

Popcap is doing many Surveys - Researches about 'Stress Relief' & 'Faminy Unite with Casual Game'.3

You might not think that's so important. Anyway that's kinda Counterattack to the 'Video Games are Evil' theory, and could grow Ecosystem of whole Casual Game market - even Video Games.

Footnote.
  1. Not sure about others as [Mystery P.I.] series by Spintop, branch of Popcap. [Back]
  2. Let's skip XBOX360 Live Arcade at now. [Back]
  3. If you're getting Press Releases from Popcap, you might get many of them at 2008, as I did. [Back]
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