The mere mention of the word "Bejeweled" sends hundreds of hunched, bleary-eyed office workers running. If you are one of the sleep deprived masses that have been hooked before, stop reading because the folks at Avocadolite Farm have smothered the Bejeweled formula in oh-so cuteness in their most successful time killer, Farm Hustle.
The formula is one you've seen before (if not, say good-bye to your loved ones now), the basic idea is to align three of the same type of animal by moving one into an adjacent square, either directly up and down or left and right of its position. The basic story is they all need to be in their pens and each square needs to have an animal hustled off of it. This means that along with making combos and so on, you also need to use each square on the grid at least once.
This addition makes for increased tension in the game play as the often luck based near random skill set frequently present in other games is all but thrown out the window. The targets of your elimination are very specific and contorting around to remove these squares is often very tough and require forethought. Fortunately the animals in the squares are non-specific and you can quite easily remove the offending square by inserting another animal in its place.
To aid you in your difficult but irresistible task of herding these cute animals off to sleep within the time limit, you are awarded with the occasional bomb which can be used to blast a few animals off into their nice warm bed.
Analysis: The classic Bejeweled formula has gotten a very cosy remake with these irresistibly gorgeous graphics. However, many of the icons are repeated, save for different colours. These changes as they appeared to me, a sufferer of mild colour blindness, rendered some animal matching very difficult. The occurrences of this did not dampen the overall aesthetic qualities of the game, or its addictive qualities.
Unfortunately lack of either online or locally saved scores prevent this particular version from becoming the Goliath it should be, when all's said and done, Farm Hustle is a beautiful and fun game worthy of play and should be enjoyed for far too long by a lot of people with far more important things to do.