Newest Version of Popular Bejeweled Game Now Available to Verizon Games Subscribers

Verizon Games subscribers are among those online gamers getting first crack at Bejeweled® 3, the latest version of the popular puzzle game launched nearly a decade ago.

In addition, gamers new to the Verizon Games site can also test drive Bejeweled 3, by games developer PopCap Games, and can try out more than 1,800 other games as well, before deciding whether to subscribe to Verizon's Unlimited games package.

"Being one of only a few locations chosen for the launch of Bejeweled 3 speaks volumes to the rapidly growing popularity and scope of Verizon Games," said Jason Henderson, Verizon Games product manager.  "It also gives us the opportunity to reward both new and existing Verizon Games customers with the latest version of one of the most popular games anywhere."

Verizon continues to bring its customers the latest and greatest in online gaming, and the availability of Bejeweled 3 allows Verizon to cater to a specific, growing part of the online gaming community. "While Bejeweled is popular with both men and women, across all age groups," Henderson said, "it is a particular favorite with women between the ages of 30 and 45."

The launch of Bejeweled 3 follows Verizon Games' announcement in October of a new a la carte games purchase option for subscribers.  The latest version of Bejeweled will soon be among the titles available for purchase at the Verizon Games site, in addition to being available for unlimited play as part of the Unlimited package.  The Unlimited subscription is available for $14.99 a month and gives a player access to all the games on the service.

Earlier this year, Verizon also announced a major redesign of its games app to deliver a more intuitive and interactive experience for visitors to the site.  The website and desktop app provide an animated, fluid interface and a unique, curved layout developed in conjunction with Verizon's online games partner, Exent.  Users can browse the entire catalog of games without having to jump from page to page or constantly click the "back" button to return to a main page.

Visitors to the site can browse the catalog of Verizon's game selections based on category - action/adventure, arcade, kids, card/board and puzzle - or search for specific titles.  The title pages carry an icon indicating to customers whether a specific game is available for purchase and, if so, what the price is.

The Verizon Games Community enables players to create an avatar, decorate their own 3D animated games lounge with virtual items, and earn trophies and prize points while playing games on the service.

The Verizon Games Unlimited subscription is available to any broadband user, regardless of the user's service provider, over a secured connection and features integrated parental controls that enable parents to select games their children can play, based on age rating or by specific games.

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