You’re in luck. Original developers Popcap have just released the classic gem-swapping game Bejeweled especially for Google Chrome – and it’s free. Bejeweled (originally called Diamond Mine) was created in 2001 and, together with subsequent follow ups, has sold up to 100 million copies over the years.
If you have never played Bejeweled before you’re in for a treat – the objective of this game is to swap one gem with an adjacent gem to form a horizontal or vertical chain of three or more gems. Think Tetris, but better…
Chrome’s free version of Bejeweled features two modes – Classic (the original untimed game) and Speed (against the clock, try to collect enough gems in time) and the graphics are provided by HTML5 (which is good news for those who have problems with Flash Player in Chrome)…
This game showcases the awesome visuals available in HTML5 (the proposed new web standard for browser based games) and they are amazingly good, considering that you are playing the entire game in just a web browser.
You can also choose to play in SD on older computers/low powered netbooks or in HD on more powerful/newer PCs.
Bejeweled is available free from the Chrome Web Store here.
If you’re new to Chrome, you can find lots of other free apps and games in the store, including the ubiquitous Angry Birds and Plants Vs Zombies which is also well worth a look. To browse the whole collection, take a look in the Games category.
Other Bejeweled Versions