Bejeweled 3

PopCap explains why it chose EA

Hails publisher's "huge game integrity".

Casual gaming godhead PopCap Games has detailed exactly why it chose EA for its billion dollar buy-out announced earlier today.

Blowing Bubbles

Mobile and social gaming are in a huge valuation bubble - but that doesn't have to mean that disaster is coming.

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Bejeweled 3 coming to 360, PS3, DS

PopCap gem goes multiplatform.

PopCap's brilliant match-three sequel Bejeweled 3 is heading to DS, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 later this year, the developer has announced.

Bejeweled 3

Bejeweled 3

A real gem.

Offering criticism of a Bejeweled game is a bit like a medieval peasant giving you his opinions on the Bubonic plague; PopCap's match-three classic is ready to chew through human society regardless of what people have to say about it.

Bejeweled's a force of nature. It's simple, colourful and compulsive. Because of all that, it's easy to underplay how well it's put together. And it would be easy to ignore the fact that the series' latest instalment offers a quiet range of clever variations that bring new life to the game.

Building on Bejeweled is not an easy gig. PopCap's tried tinkering with the magical formula before and been gently slapped around for it. By anyone else's standards, the sales of the polished and rather clever Twist would probably have led to champagne celebrations amongst the cubicles. For this team, however, used to selling bucketloads of games every few seconds, it seems to have been a mild disappointment.

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