PopCap Games Released Bejeweled 3

PopCap Games, a leading casual games company, has released Bejeweled 3, the first sequel to its flagship franchise in more than six years.

With twice the game modes of its predecessor as well as eight mini-games and a complete revision of sound and graphics, Bejeweled 3 is a leap forward in the match-3 category introduced by the original Bejeweled.

The game is available on PopCap.com and major portal partners such as MSN Games, Pogo.com, Steam, GameHouse and WildTangent, as well as at retail outlets in North America including Walmart, Target, Best Buy, GameStop, and Amazon.com, for US$19.95.

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Beyond crystal-sharp, high-definition graphics (1920 x 1200 in “ultra” mode) and a catchy new soundtrack, Bejeweled 3 boasts eight different modes containing a cornucopia of new game experiences.

Among those, four all-new “secret” modes (Butterflies, Diamond Mine, Ice Storm and Poker) provide new interpretations of the Bejeweled theme.

Players can proclaim their prowess across all the new modes and mini-games by maxing out 65 achievement badges and topping the high score lists, or check progress with the fun statistics at the end of each game.

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In Bejeweled 3, Classic mode delivers all the untimed match-3 fun, but with several new twists, like the powerful Star gem. Fans of Bejeweled Blitz will enjoy the electrifying new Lightning mode, which offers all-out, beat-the-clock action.

Zen offers a relaxing endless mode loaded with options for meditation and stress relief, including breath modulation, ambient sounds, binaural beats and mantras for focusing your thoughts.

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All Zen mode options can be combined and adjusted in virtually infinite ways to create each player’s own custom “mental vacation.”

And for puzzle fans, Quest mode offers dozens of unique variants, like Balance and Alchemy, which will test players’ skills as they try to restore five lost relics.

Bejeweled 3 was released today, Dec. 7.

Based in Seattle, Washington, PopCap was founded in the year 2000.

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