PopCap, Hasbro announce Bejeweled ‘face-to-face’ games

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By Emanuel Maiberg Comment

Toy and board game company Hasbro today announced it has obtained the license to develop and distribute a wide range of physical games based on game developer EA PopCap’s properties.

Hasbro says it will introduce two new games in the spring of 2013 based on Bejeweled, which has sold more than 50 million digital units worldwide, and has 2.7 million daily active users on Facebook with Bejeweled Blitz.

Not surprisingly, In Hasbro’s new Bejeweled physical game players will also swap gems to match 3 or more to win. Hasbro’s Bejeweled Frenzy will be a fast-paced card game that challenges players to match gems to build stacks of cards as fast as possible.

Hasbro says the new physical games will add value to their digital counterparts, though so far all it revealed is that Hasbro’s Bejeweled will include a downloadable version of Bejeweled 3 for the computer, and Bejeweled Frenzy will include a code for Bejeweled Blitz on Facebook which can be redeemed for four Rare Gems.

The deal between Hasbro and PopCap comes on the heels of a similar deal Hasbro made with Zynga in September 2012 to distribute board games based on Zynga’s social games, some of which we were able to play in October.

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