Inducted Year: 2020
In 2001, PopCap Games published Bejeweled, a web-based Flash game that popularized the “match three” puzzle game sub-genre and became one of the most iconic mobile games in history.
Bejeweled challenged players to swap colorful jewels to form vertical or horizontal chains of three or more gems of the same color. Matched gems then disappeared, with new ones filling in from the top. The game ended when there were no more swaps available in the playfield. This seemingly simplistic format became wildly popular with gamers, and inspired many successful titles using the same game mechanic, including the smash hit Candy Crush Saga.