Bejeweled updated to v1.1, new game mode added

Bejeweled, one of the few games I play religiously on my iPhone since its re-release back in December, has received its first update (v1.1). PopCap have added a new game mode called Butterflies, which plays very much like the burning letters found in Bookworm (TMA Review), but instead of falling down, the butterflies move upward toward the menacing spider after every match made. As per iTunes description:

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Popcap to Drop Price on iOS Games, donate funds to Japan Earthquake relief

Plants vs Zombies on iPad

Several days after Capcom and SEGA announced that they’ll be donating proceeds of their iOS sales, Popcap Games, who recently opened an office in Tokyo, too will be partnering with Red Cross to donate 100% of their revenue this weekend to the Earthquake and Tsunami relief in Japan.

In an effort to help with the relief efforts in Japan, we are donating all the proceeds from our iPhone/iPad games this weekend (3/19-3/20) to the Red Cross. We hope that you can join us in this effort

As part of this charitable campaign, Popcap will be dropping prices on all their iPhone games to $0.99, while the 2 iPad titles will sell for $1.99 during the next two days. The sale begins March 19 at 12:01 a.m. PDT, so this is a fantastic time to pick up games like Plants vs. Zombies and Peggle, while helping out the relief efforts at the same time.

iPhone games – $0.99 (sale starts March 19 at 12:01 a.m. PDT)

Plants vs. Zombies Plants vs. Zombies (TMA Review), 41.9 MB
Peggle Peggle (TMA Review), 44.8 MB
Bookworm Bookworm (TMA Review), 9.5 MB
Bejeweled 2 + Blitz Bejeweled 2 + Blitz, 11.7 MB
Chuzzle Chuzzle, 6.7 MB
Escape Rosecliff Island Escape Rosecliff Island, 40.6 MB

iPad Games – $1.99

Plants vs. Zombies HD Plants vs. Zombies HD (TMA review), 49.4 MB
Escape Rosecliff Island HD Escape Rosecliff Island HD, 44.5 MB

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Farewell Again, Michael Jackson a.k.a. Dancing Zombie

In an update that combined unexpected crashing and the disappearance of the beloved iconic Dancing zombie from their iPhone version, fans are up in arms over Popcap Games’ upsetting ‘business decision’ to remove the Thriller-era Michael Jackson lookalike from the roster of the lovable undead in Popcap Games’ runaway tower defense hit, Plants vs. Zombies (TMA review)

Acting on the request of the Estate of Michael Jackson, the developers have promptly given the Dancing Zombie a makeover with a new one and ramped up the update with 12 new iPhone exclusive achievements and bug fixes.

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Plants vs Zombies HD in Review – Bigger and Better Than Ever!

Truth be told, the first thing I took care of when I purchased my own iPad was to get a copy of Plants vs. Zombies HD. I snuck out on lunch break from work and after buying my iPad, I made a beeline for the nearest Wifi spot and downloaded the game straightaway. By the time I got back to the office, I was proudly showing off my very first acquisition, and my colleagues were just as eager as I was to give this baby a test drive.

Feel free to discuss Plants vs Zombies HD in our forums.

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Bookworm in Review: Casual Gaming Classic

Ask me about word puzzle games for the PC/Mac and I would have to point to Bookworm as the definitive game for the genre. Taking its cue from a popular expression for a book lover, the custodian of the library, Lex the Bookwarm is an adorable cartoony worm with spectacles, keeping watch over a crazy assortment of tiled letters that must be formed into words to keep Lex happy. Feel free to discuss this review of Bookworm in our forums.

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Plants vs Zombies in Review: Taking Over Lives, Once Again

Fans and newcomers to the hugely popular PC/Mac game Plants vs Zombies have been waiting for the iPhone and iPod Touch version as early as August 2009. The long wait is over, at last. Now the question is: how well does Plants vs Zombies fare both as a PC/Mac port and a standalone tower defense game, given that the TD genre is one of the, if not the most crowded and well-represented genre on the iPhone platform?

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Peggle in Review – Pachinko on Acid

peggle1I admit I was one of the few people living under a rock that had no idea what the heck Peggle was. To me, it just seemed like one of those games that people got excited for but just didn’t do it for me. So when I had the opportunity to review PopCap Games’ Peggle, it seemed just another one on the list. When the App loaded, I was greeted with a colorful, highly energetic, fun-paced experience.

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