There are a couple of games on my iPhone and Facebook that I tend to find time to play when I need a few minutes of mindlessness. One of those games is Bejeweled Blitz.
While I’m not an expert, I do find myself near the top of the high score list frequently (at least among the friends I have on Facebook). Some people notice this and ask me how I do it. That’s why I’m writing this post. I want to share some of the things I’ve learned that have helped me better my score.
Tim’s Bejeweled Blitz Tips (in no particular order):
- I find that I play faster on my iPhone then I do on Facebook.
- One of the first things that gets you more points is the multipliers (2x, 3x, 4x, etc). The quicker you can get these to show up and destroy them, the better.
- If you can create 3-in-a-row on the bottom rows, it will cause more gems to fall above it.
- Don’t focus on just one color, but try to focus on one area as long as you can. You can react quicker than if you move from one side to the other.
- Use the time that blocks are falling from the 3-in-a-row that you just made to find out where your next move is.
- You can actually begin playing as soon as the gems fall. You don’t need to wait for the voice to say “Go!”
- 4-in-a-row is better than 3-in-a-row. 5-in-a-row is awesome!
- Sometimes you’ll start to get in a rhythm of moving gems into 3-in-a-row configurations. This can actually slow you down. I always try to tell myself, “faster” when I’m going for a high score.
- I don’t know if it’s the way they made the game or not, but when I get a high score, the next round isn’t as easy and doesn’t start with as many moves.
- If you play enough, you can start to anticipate how the blocks are going to fall and be ready for your next move.
These tips will be helpful for the beginner or even intermediate player. But if you want to go after the high score, you may want to consider the following:
- If the 2x multiplier doesn’t show up within 15 seconds, start the game over (this is easier to do on the iPhone than it is on the Facebook version).
- Play the game five times in a row, then shut it down and restart it. I’ve found that some of my highest scores have occurred on the first or second round I play. Plus, a little break helps you refocus.
- Practice trying to see the whole board, not just one section.
These are my observations. Maybe you have some tips that would be helpful as well. The key here is trying to get a high score. If you play on Facebook, it’s about getting your name up on the leaderboard a little higher than everyone else.
I’ll say it again, practice helps. But if you play it more than an hour a day, you probably need to think about what you’re doing with your life. 🙂
Leave your tips in the comments below.