I've been in a trance-like state for the last two hours, subconsciously creating rows of identically coloured gems and breathing in time to visual cues, while the sound of falling rain coerces me into a deep, meditative state. Bejeweled 3's new Zen mode is remarkable.
An addition intended to relax stressed minds, Zen mode takes Bejeweled's regular mechanic clearing an 8x8 grid by aligning identically coloured jewels in rows of three or more and adds a few tweaks. Firstly, everything is easier, with more opportunities to create multiplier gems and less chance of the dreaded 'NO MORE MOVES' situation. There are options to help you modulate your breathing while the game plays relaxing ambient noise. But the most notable and brave feature in Zen mode is 'binaural beats'. Developed with scientists, the idea is that by feeding your ears a continuous loop of single band frequencies, you'll enter a relaxed mental state.
Developer: PopCap Games, Inc.
Publisher: PopCap Games, Inc.
Release Date: 7 Dec, 2010
Genre: Casual, Puzzle, Strategy