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Bejeweled Blitz - PopCap

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A puzzle game. Caution:in-app purchases, online interactivity, advertising, simulated gambling

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This review of Bejeweled Blitz was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 4 June 2015.

About the app

This section contains details about the app provided by an ACCM Reviewer.

Name of app: Bejeweled Blitz
Developed by: PopCap
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store, Google Play, Facebook
Cost: Free
Developer’s suggested age: iTunes: 4+; Google Play: General (G)
ACCM suggested age: 18+ due to in-app purchases, online interactivity, advertising, simulated gambling
Gambling content advice: Simulated casino style gambling. Player is risking money or something of value on an outcome of an event involving chance when the probability of winning or losing is less than certain. Refer to the gambling section of this review for further details

ACCM review

This review of Bejeweled Blitz contains the following information:

App description

Bejeweled Blitz is a fun puzzle game where the player has to try to match similar gems together by swiping them around the board. 

Reviewers comments

Bejeweled Blitz is a puzzle game where the player is shown a board full of different styles of gems. The aim of the game is to match three or more of the same style gem together in a row to gain coins.  The player does this by swiping gems around the board. The player can swipe left, right, up or down to move the gems. Once the player gets 3 or more of the same style gems in a row, the player receives coins, the gems disappear and more gems appear in their place. The player has one minute to match as many gems as possible before the game ends. The player can use the coins that they win to buy special ‘boost’ gems which have special powers, for example, extending the time of the game or shuffling all the gems on the board. The game itself is suitable for children to play, however, the app also includes a gambling section (see Gambling for more detail) which makes this app is unsuitable for children.

In App purchasing

The player can spend real money to buy more coins for the game. The price of the packages ranges from $12.99 for 590,000 coins to $129.99 for 9,300,000 coins.  The player can also use real money to buy extra spins for the slot machines (see Gambling for more detail). 

Online information

The player can connect this game with their Facebook account to play against their Facebook friends.

Gambling

Simulated Casino Style Gambling:  Not Suitable for Minors - From the main menu of the game the player can spin a slot machine to win more coins. Once a day the player receives a free spin but if they want more spins the play must pay real money. Extra spins range from $1.29 for 5 spins to $12.99 for 62 spins.

Advertising and product placement

The player can watch a video advertisement in exchange for 2000 coins. The advertisements are for other app games, some which include gambling and violence. 

Game playing behaviour which may be of concern to some parents

This app contains simulated gambling content.

Other

Violence and Scary Material: When the player swipes certain gems, lightening can come down onto the board and blow up some of the gems. This may be scary for young children.

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Content is age appropriate for children this age

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Content is not age appropriate for children this age

Gambling content advice

Simulated casino style gambling. Not suitable for minors

Contains some elements of gambling. Some content is not recommended for minors. Parental guidance recommended

No gambling content found in the levels played

About games and gambling

Most games contain elements of risk, chance and knowledge, that is why they are fun to play. There is growing concern about the impacts of simulated gambling games on the health and wellbeing of children. That's why we are identifying games that contain gambling elements on our site.

The State Government of South Australia's web site http://nogame.com.au/ contains information about these concerns.