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Introduction - Bejeweled Blitz Tips
This is the fastest Bejeweled yet, and by that I really do mean fast. With only one minute to collect as many gems as you can, what is there to do now in getting the job done? To be honest, there are in fact several tricks and approaches that can help to increase your score as much as possible, and herein are some of the most effective approaches one can take in the hunt to collect those gems.
This list is by no means all-inclusive; yet it has enough to at least get you started. If you come up with any other ideas that work (or disagree with some of my suggestions) feel free to add your own in the comments. But first, let me share what I have to offer...
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Know your Special Items
Bejeweled Blitz takes a few cues from some of the prior games in the series that can help you maximize your score. Power gems and hyper cubes return from Bejeweled 2 and provide some of the best advantages in the game. The former has some crazy behavior this time; while these power gems (an example of which is shown at the right) typically explode when used in another set of gems, I have also seen instances where a string of lightning comes out in each of four directions -- top, bottom and sides. When this occurs, the zapped gems in the path of the bursts are cleared once the beams subside, which can lead to some fancy combos if used properly. Using these special items should be a major part of your strategy -- especially hyper cubes, which clears every instance of the gem shape on which the swap action is performed with one of these special items.
Keeping an eye out for multiplier medals is also important to maximizing your score. These special medals (see the example at left) will multiply the points you receive for clearing sets of gems at double, triple and so forth. This is an effective way to increase your final score if used to your advantage, and can go up as far up as five times the initial point values by the time you finish.
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The Clatter of Coins
As you play, be on the lookout for coin medals. These gold-colored pieces can be matched with yellow gems to add a hundred coins to your collection: these coins will then be available for trade in order to get special boosts that affect the start of the game, and thus your final score if used properly. From left to right, the boosts you can trade coins for (see image at right) are: Mystery Gem, Detonator, Scrambler, Additional Time and Free Multiplier.
These boost items are straightforward in their purpose: The mystery gem puts a random special gem on the board when you start; the detonator is a one-time chance to demolish every special gem on the board; the scrambler -- as self-explanatory as it is -- mixes up the gems on the board on demand, up to two times; the additional time item (referred to as +5 seconds in the list) is just that, as is the free multiplier.
In addition to the coin medals, you also receive bonus coins at the end of the game, which appears to be affected by your performance, or similar circumstance. Coins are added in sets of one hundred, and since you cannot logically gather enough coins for every single boost item in one go (with the gem layouts and the time limit considered at once) the coins earned during play roll over from one session to the next.
These are just some of the tips you can use in collecting gems in Bejeweled Blitz. As I sated above, if you have your own tips to share feel free to note them in the comments -- and be sure to check out our guide to Bejeweled Blitz strategies for additional score-building tricks.