In 2001 an amazing puzzle tile-matching game was created by Pop Cap Games. It was named Bejeweled. Since then, lots of follow-ups has been developed, such as Bejeweled Blitz, Bejeweled Twist etc. The popularity of these series is great, and 25 million of Bejeweled copies have been sold and these games have been downloaded more than 100 million times. Nowadays it is possible to play free Bejeweled online and this only increases popularity of this interesting and fun video game.
Bejeweled is probably influenced by the game called Shariki, created by Russian game developer Alemzhin in 1988. The Shariki game had almost identical gameplay, but the popularity of the Bejeweled game is even more impressive. In fact, this puzzle tile-matching game has spawned numerous clones such as Jewel Quest, Gweled, Diamond Twister and other similar games collectively known as Match Three games.
Bejeweled was initially designed and created as a Flash web-based game under the name Diamond Mine and it has been reportedly successful for the PopCap Games. After that the company entered the partnership with Microsoft Zone, an established gaming website. Afterwards, the game changed its name and now as Bejeweled game it has been ported to other platforms such as Microsoft Windows, Palm, Smarthone, Palm OS etc. It has been one of the first games that was downloadable for the iPod from the iTunes Store since September 2006.
Bejeweled is a skill game, and in recent years many games of this genre including this puzzle tile-matching game have been featured in numerous online competitions for real cash prizes. So, not only that it is possible to play this puzzle tile-matching game and enjoy it, there is a chance to even win some nice prizes.