Smart Apps For Android: Best FREE apps for Moms: Bejeweled Blitz helps pass those rare free minutes of time

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Best FREE apps for Moms: Bejeweled Blitz helps pass those rare free minutes of time

When I purchased the first iPad for my family it was intended for my husband and me. Slowly through the years it has been commandeered by my children, especially my son. The majority of apps now belong to the kids, but there are still some that I keep around just for me. Bejeweled Blitz by Pop Cap has gotten me through many mommy moments. From waiting for school to get out, passing time while my kids are in a lesson, to just unwinding at night, Bejeweled Blitz gets lots of play time.

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Bejeweled Blitz is not a new game, but it is one that has stood the test of time since the app was released back in 2011. The game has been around even longer than that on Facebook and other platforms. With so many apps falling by the wayside after a few short months, it is pretty remarkable for a game app to have so many active users years after release.

This is your basic game of swapping jewels on a grid and trying to line up three or more of the same color. Matching four or more unlocks more powerful jewels and earns bonus points. There is also a speed bonus the faster the jewels are cleared from the board. It is a fairly straightforward game, but the ability to compete against others for high scores, earn boosters and earn new badges adds extra levels of fun. Throughout the year, limited time power-ups are released to keep things fresh.

Games are timed, making it easy to squeeze in a quick round during a free minute. Games last one minute. That's it. That's all the time you need to play a round. When I have a kid crying in time-out for five minutes I squeeze in four or five rounds while trying to find my happy place.

This is also not the kind of game where you get penalized for not playing multiple times a day. Crops won't wither. Friends wont get mad you don't send them a magic ticket to unlock the next episode. There is a daily spin and a weekly high score contest with friends for regular gamers. It is not one where you have to play all the time to advance or help friends advance. As a matter of fact, I’ve gone months without playing and then picked it back up when I got a free minute. I then remember how much I like it and start playing regularly again.

The app can be linked up to Facebook. This allows players to compete with friends in the weekly high score tournament as well as gift power-ups. There is no need to pester friends for special keys to unlock new levels or to advance game play. Unlike many games that link up to Facebook there is not a limited number of lives available unless you get a friend to help. When stuck for unknown amounts of time rocking a baby to sleep at 3 in the morning, there is no need to worry about running out of lives or begging a Facebook friend for more turns.

Though my kids have played the game some, it is still primarily mine. It is great for helping pass a few minutes or kicking back and ignoring the pile of dishes in the sink.


Rachel H accomplished nothing on today’s to-do list, but she did make homemade cookies with her daughter so she still sees the day as a win.

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