Saving face with your friends with iPhone in-app purchases

Bejeweled Blitz has been updated. Don’t know what Bejeweled Blitz is? It is a gem game that has several different types of games, the Blitz one being a Facebook share game. The ‘Blitz’ is key to this post.

For this ‘update, there is the usual things you expect… new backgrounds and changes to the UI. Most notable in the UI changes is a new view of how you can spend your collected coins on add on boosts.

Just a couple of the Blitz backgrounds examples (anyone else see a face in all of the Blitz backgrounds?):

The games you can play are you against a clock or unlimited play, and then there is the forementioned ‘Blitz’. It is a one minute game that posts your highest score up on Facebook for your friends to see and compete against. It isn’t until you use this feature do you realize how many of your friends are playing Bejeweled when they should be doing… something other than playing games! Guilty!!

As you play, some diamonds have coins in them. These coins count up allowing you to ‘buy’ extra features like having multipliers show up right at game start or an extra five seconds on your minute of play. You have to play the game over and over again to build up coins to afford many ‘boosts’.

Without extra powers you have bought with your coins, you may find it pretty hard to get up to 200,000 points. You will notice your friends jumping to 350,000 and 400,000 pretty quickly. Why? They are using their coins for extra powers.

In this new version of Bejeweled Blitz, when you are way behind your friends and are lacking coins for more Boosts, you can ‘in-app’ purchase more.

And to help blow through your boost coins, the new Bejeweled also allows you to set up a group of boosts that run on every game (normally they only last three games). That will really burn through those coins. More important though is saving face on Facebook!