Hardly even needing an introduction, PopCap’s Bejeweled 2 [Free] is the grandaddy of all the match-3 puzzle games that have ever graced the App Store. The Bejeweled franchise itself is more than 10 years old, and it’s hard to come across somebody who HASN’T played a version of this game at some point. Many titles have innovated on the match-3 formula since Bejeweled 2’s release shortly following the opening of the App Store, but somehow it still remains one of the most compelling and fun entries in the genre.

Now, for reasons unknown, PopCap has dropped the price of the iOS version of Bejeweled 2 to free. This marks the first time the game has ever been free on the App Store, and as part of the first run of iOS games back in mid-2008 Bejeweled 2 used to be a $9.99 title. It’s been living the 99¢ dream for about the past year though, but the fact that it’s now free is still pretty significant. If don’t yet have Bejeweled 2 on your iOS device, now would be a great time to snatch it up, because I really don’t know how long it will remain free.

  • http://twitter.com/Scykei Thicky

    wtf D: that's really unexpected :P

  • err0r

    Bejeweled 3 coming to iOS :)

    • Anonymous

      I hope so :)

    • Imtouched

      Nope, but to NDS :(

      • Anonymous

        How do you know it's not coming to IOS? Not that I don't believe you, but I don't.

      • Imtouched

        Try Google. Quoted a PopCap representative: in Q4 2011 Bejeweled 3 will come to 5 consoles and handhelds, and regarding iPhone/iPad: "...probably...eventually..."

  • Fredrik Jackson

    FreeAppADay mentioned that there would be some big, free games this weekend. I don't remember quite, but I think they mentioned that it would be EA games.

    • Anonymous

      That's cool but I already own all the good top 25 games, looks like nothing for me :(

  • EA's play thing

    Bejeweled is crap...there are far better match 3 games out there now. 

    • Bsmith

      Such as?

      • Anonymous

        The first 2 I thought of would be Piyo Blocks 2 and Puzzle Quest.

      • http://twitter.com/JaredTA Jared Nelson

        Piyo Blocks 2 is by far, IMO, the best match 3 in the App Store. It's pretty much perfect. My close runner up would be Gemmed. Both seriously underrated games.

        I liked Bejeweled a ton back in my Palm Pilot days, but pretty much wore it out back then. Have owned this iOS version forever but it doesn't really do it for me anymore. But hey, free game.

      • Anonymous

        Bejeweled is certainly a classic... however, I've played these 3-Match games much more.. perhaps because the elaborate on the original.

        Babo CrushDungeon Raid
        Devil Invasion
        Treasures of Montezuma
        Wooly Factory
        Paradise Quest
        Dungeon Saga
        Fishdom
        Heroes of Kalevala
        Puzzle Quest
        Hidden Wonders of the Depths 2

      • EA's play thing

        Linkoidz, Puzzle Quest, Fruit Frenzy to name a few. I'm sure there's loads more. I'm just sick of this mechanic and dry look and feel. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Felix-Reichert/680467228 Felix Reichert

       I agree. Never liked the Bejeweled concept. I'd much rather play Panel de Pon/Puzzle League/Tetris Attack (however you wan't to call it). Much less luck based, more skill involved (since you can build your own combos).

      There's a decent clone on the appstore: Rising Blocks. Not nearly as good as the DS version by Nintendo itself though (Planet Puzzle League).

  • yup

    It says from now til Sunday morning B2 will be free!

  • Magpie

    Grab it while it's free! :-D

  • Macaroon

    Clearly it's because Radballs has launched and its 80's perm is so large its obscuring the view of even the Grandaddy of all Match 3's.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MDL2GDKLWV3FFWACUS7KW6L3EY Bleu

    I love how every time FAAD makes a popular app free, TouchArcade essentially ignores their presence despite their name being in the description of the app. Stay classy, TouchArcade.