PopCap Games Announces Plans for Mobile Version of Bejeweled Twist

December 9, 2008

PopCap
Games Announces Plans for Mobile Version of Bejeweled Twist

Mobile Version of Latest
Bejeweled Installment Revolutionizes Fun On-the-Go, a Brilliant New Way to Play

PopCap Games today announced it will
be bringing a remarkably faithful translation of its highly acclaimed Bejeweled
Twist game to a wide array of handsets from major North American and European
wireless carriers in Q2 2009.

PopCap’s fourth in-house title for
mobile – and the first new Bejeweled title in more than three years – Bejeweled
Twist puts a completely new spin on the top-selling puzzle franchise of the 21st
century. Since its launch on the PC six weeks ago, Bejeweled Twist has been a
top-seller at retail and has garnered glowing critiques from media outlets of
all kinds. Additionally, Bejeweled Mobile was the #2 best-selling game in North
America in 2007 and held that spot through Q3 2008.

“Gamers anxiously awaited the launch
of Bejeweled Twist on the PC, and it has more than lived up to players’
expectations, which is why we’re thrilled to bring an amazingly accurate
translation to the mobile market, featuring all the same game modes and
challenges as the original,” stated Andrew Stein, director of mobile business
development at PopCap. “Bejeweled Twist is a rare achievement in the casual
games category: accessible to novice players, but with unmatched challenge and
flexibility in its gameplay. The mobile version is well suited for gaming
on-the-go, offering four distinct ways to play from fast-paced action and
strategy to a stress-busting, Zen-like experience.”

Bejeweled Twist features a
revolutionary new style of play and the highest production values of any casual
game ever created, and removes the barriers of traditional match-3 games.
Instead of swapping adjacent jewels to make a set, players rotate an entire 2×2
block of gems clockwise in an effort to create a line of three or more gems of
the same type. Additionally, in Bejeweled Twist, players don’t have to make a
match with every move – instead they can freely rotate gems anywhere on the
board, allowing far greater liberty of movement and vastly increased strategic
freedom to plan combinations, cascades and chains.

Beyond the completely different
method of moving gems, Bejeweled Twist provides a wealth of new power-ups and
obstacles. New gem types include Flame, Lightning and Fruit gems that produce
fiery explosions and other powerful effects; and new obstacles such as Bomb and
Locked gems as well as Coal will challenge players as never before. In addition,
four game modes (Classic, Blitz, Challenge and Zen) offer vastly different ways
to experience Bejeweled Twist. The game will also offer touch support on
compatible phones.