Review: Bejeweled iPhone App

One of my Christmas presents this year was a $15 App Store Card for iOS, so this will be just the tip of the iceberg for app reviews in the next month or so.

This app was my introduction to Bejeweled, and I’ve never played it on the computer. The gameplay is pretty smooth, and the retina display graphics are really rich. There are three modes: Classic, Zen, and Diamond Mine. Classic and Zen are basically the same game, but Zen has relaxing ambient sounds and stuff like that. Diamond Mine is a sort of digging game that’s really stressful, especially when the deep-voiced dude in the background says ’30 seconds’! My only complaint is that Blitz mode isn’t built in, so you’ll have to get that free app separately.

Price: $0.99

Pros:

  • Good graphics
  • Smooth gameplay
  • Diamond Mine mode is exciting, and Classic can keep you entertained for hours

Cons:

  • Basically only two modes of gameplay
  • Blitz mode not included

We Recommend: Buy this game to play the classic game of Bejeweled (which is pretty long depending on how good you are), or to try out Diamond Mine mode, but if you prefer shorter games, then just get the free Blitz version, which is perfectly adequate if you don’t mind one-minute games.

Review: Waterman Black Ink

Manufacturer: Waterman | List Price: $10.76 | Buy from Amazon

I originally wanted to do a fountain pen review, but that’s a little bit difficult as I only have one fountain pen so it’s hard to compare. Inks are a little easier, because you can see the differences in colour and tone on screen in an image:For those (mostly everyone but me) who can’t read my writing, the description says ‘A good ink for everyday use. It’s not very permanent, and it’s a little on the grey side. Other than that, a great ink for regular writing.’ The pen that I used was a Lamy Safari with a medium nib and the paper was just regular Staples copy paper. I couldn’t think of much to do with the ink, and if you want to see me torture the ink in any other way, I’d be happy to try it out. Just say so in the comments!

Score: 3.5/5

List Price: $10.76 | Buy from Amazon