For a Bejeweled-Blitzing, iPhone-owning social gamer, PopCap has delivered in a BIG way, offering seamless Facebook Connect integration. Will scores increase? Will non-iPhone users be jealous of their touch screen friends? All remains to be seen, but I downloaded this update quicker than you can say Frisky Mongoose.
If you already own Bejeweled 2 on the iPhone/iPod Touch, the Blitz update is… free! If you don’t already own it, $2.99 is a small, small price to pay for what you get in return.
More from the press release:
During play, scores are automatically uploaded to Facebook, including any earned achievement star medals. Leaderboards will seamlessly reflect scores achieved on both the iPhone and Web in a single integrated list so players can try to improve their scores and track their friends’ performances from either place. This marks the first time that PopCap has released multi-platform interoperable adaptations of a game and the very first time that PopCap has extended social gaming beyond a Web application.
“Ultimately, social gaming is about being able to play games with and against your friends, and the new Blitz update for Bejeweled 2 on iPhone lets you play against your friends anywhere,” explained John Vechey, co-founder and director of PopCap’s social gaming initiative. “This is a natural next stage in our multi-platform and social strategies. Blending the Facebook and iPhone Bejeweled communities should prove very compelling for players.”