Bejeweled is a puzzle game by PopCap Games, first developed for the browser in 2001. A sequel to this game, Bejeweled 2, was released by PopCap Games in 2004. More than 25 million copies of Bejeweled have been sold, and the game has been downloaded more than 150 million times.
The game has also been ported to other platforms, including Bejeweled Deluxe for Microsoft Windows. Astraware produced Bejeweled for PDAs on the Palm OS, PocketPC, Smartphone and Palm platforms. They also released Bejeweled Deluxe on the Xbox as a downloadable Xbox Live Arcade game. On September 12 2006, it was released as one of the first games downloadable from the iTunes Store for the Apple iPod.
PopCap Games announced a version of Bejeweled for the iPhone. It is not a standalone game but rather a web application playable over the Safari browser. A native application for the iPhone is also now available.
Recently, skill games like Bejeweled have become been features in online competitions for prizes.
On September 20, 2008, a World of Warcraft fansite known as WoW Insider revealed that PopCap Games would be releasing a free version of Bejeweled as an add-on for World of Warcraft's interface for download the following week.
On October 5, 2008, PopCap announced the official third installment in the Bejeweled series: Bejeweled Twist. Little is known about this game but according to the Bejeweled Twist microsite, the game will have amazing new features and a whole new spin on the classic game.
The popularity of Bejeweled has spawned countless clones, which is ironic because Bejeweled may have drawn some influence from the game Puzzle League. Collectively known as "match three" games, these all revolve around the mechanic of creating a three-in-a-row line of identical pieces. "Match three" games include: