There are literally thousands of games available to play on Facebook.  Games ranging from strategy games to games of chance.  Each type of game has several different versions as well.   One of the most addicting and easy to play is Bejeweled Blitz.  I really enjoy this game as a way to relax at the end of a long day, but it took me a while to figure it out.  This article gives a brief overview of the game and I hope a better understanding of how to play and what all the little details mean!

What is the object of Bejeweled Blitz?

The general object of Bejeweled Blitz is to match 3 gems of the same type as you can in one minute.  The more gems you can match, the higher the score.   You must match 3 but if you can pull it off you can match up to 5. Once gems are matched, they disappear from the board and other gems fall into their place. This is the basic goal, but there are several different ways to earn special gems and buy different kinds of boosts to help your score along.  Bejeweled Blitz uses gold coins as their currency to buy special gems, mystery gems, and boosts.

The easiest way to earn gold coins in Bejeweled Blitz is the Daily Spin.  Once a day you have a chance to spin a wheel similar to a slot machine to win gold coins.  You can win a minimum of 500 coins all the way up to a million coins.   You get one free spin a day (technically it is one free spin every 24 hours).  If you want to take a chance and spin more than once a day it will cost facebook credits (at the time of this article it costs 2; of course that can change).  I am a big fan of free, so I just spin once a day!

The Different Types of Boosts on Bejeweled Blitz

There are five different types of boosts that you can buy using gold coins.  Here is a summary of them:

Mystery Gem – this puts a gem on the board at the beginning of the game.  Both the gem and the placement on the board is random, so you don’t know exactly which gem you will get or where it will go, but all special gems are helpful once you know what they do.  Can be used only once each game.

Detonator – a detonator is a boost that will blow up all special gems on the board.  This is a good thing because you don’t have to waste precious time trying to match up the special gem in order to blow it up (or make it disappear).  One trick is to try to wait until you have multiple special gems on the board; this will make the best use of your detonator.  Can be used only once each game.

Scrambler – this is helpful when you can’t easily find gems close to each other to match up.  It scrambles the gems on the board so you can have a better shot of matching gems.  Can be used twice each game.  Very helpful!

Extra Time – buy this boost and you get five seconds added to your minute.

Bonus Multiplier – this boost puts a multiplier at the beginning of each game.  Personally I’m not a fan of the multipliers.  I find them distracting and they are currently the most expensive boosts out of the group.  But they do help with scoring so I need to learn to love them, just not quite there yet.

An example of Beweled Blitz on Facebook in Action!