Bejeweled in an online puzzle game that was released in 2001 as a flash based browser game. Originally, it was named as Diamond Mine but was later rechristened as Bejeweled before being launched for other platforms and devices. The success enjoyed by the game is rarely seen among online games. With its simplicity in design and integrity in the quality, this game was able to capture the interests of millions all over the world. In the short time of its existence, more than 75 million copies were sold and 500 million copied were downloaded.
Historically speaking, it can be said that the game has enjoyed a success rate like few others. In a very short period, the game went from an online flash game to become a hugely successful game that can be played over a variety of platforms and all browsers. The basic nature of the game and its clear graphics and simple game play make it a very entertaining game for gamers of every group and age. There are no complex controls and such which can be daunting to the amateur gamer who is not interested in hardcore gaming. Another crucial thing for the success of bejeweled is the online availability of free and downloadable versions of the game. Since the game was by birth, online in nature, there are also a number of websites where the game can be played for free online for an unlimited period of time.
As such, the game play is extremely simple. Players face a screen which resembles a grid. There are jewels in this grid which are random in order. Players have to eliminate the jewels by aligning three or more of the same type of jewels in a line. Doing so, will eliminate the jewels from the grid and pave way for more jewels to fall from the top. The objective of the game strictly speaking is to collect a high score which gives the player bonuses and power ups. These power ups can be used with deadly efficiency to clear up the grid. In the timed version of the game, players are given the chance to make as many eliminations as possible within a limited amount of time. As such, this variation adds the pressure of speed and time in the game making it all the more fun.