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February 21, 2019

Gweled - A fun puzzle game with gems

If you’re a fan of Bejeweled and similar puzzle games you will most likely enjoy this game a lot. It’s called Gweled and you could probably figured out what it’s all about just by looking at the picture below.

You play the game by aligning three or more gems vertically or horizontally by swapping adjacent gems. The game ends when there are no possible moves left. Its simplicity is what makes it so brilliant.

A picture of the puzzle game Gweled

I haven’t played any similar games for a long time, so I can’t compare it to other popular alternatives. I like this version a lot though. It’s buttery smooth, simple and starting a new game is instant. It’s perfect for the times when you want to kill a few minutes here and there.

And unlike most (if not all?) other alternatives, this is a open source game released under the license GPLv2.

Installation

Installation instructions can be found on their website here. They currently provide options for Ubuntu, Fedora, openSUSE, Debian and Arch Linux. You’re always free to compile it from source yourself as well.

I installed it on Gentoo Linux using my own simple ebuild called gweled-0.9.1.ebuild which I put in the category games-puzzle:

EAPI=6

inherit autotools

DESCRIPTION="Gweled is a free version of a popular game called Bejeweled or Diamond Mine for GNU/Linux."
HOMEPAGE="https:/img/gweled.org"
SRC_URI="http:/img/launchpad.net/${PN}/trunk/${PV}/+download/${PN}-${PV}.tar.gz"

LICENSE="GPLv2+"
SLOT="0"
KEYWORDS="amd64"

DEPEND="media-libs/libmikmod"
RDEPEND="${DEPEND}"

Credits

Thanks to @skunksarebetter@fosstodon.org on Mastodon for making me aware of this game! :)

Tags: Games