Do you know the computer game / app Bejeweled? In this game you have a board of jewels. The goal is to exchange neighbour jewels in order to get a row or column of (at least) three jewels of one colour. The app is quite nice, but in my opinion not a game I would want to play often.
During a shopping trip I came across the board game version of Bejeweled from Hasbro. Since it was really cheap (just 5€ instead of about 15€ at Amazon. The original price was even higher: about 35€), I bought it. After playing it for some days, I must say that I like the board game much more than the app. The rules are simple, the jewels look quite nice and I really like the switching of jewels and filling up the board again. Despite beeing for children age 8 up, even my four-year old son is able to play the game quite well. And we even play a much longer version: For every row/column of at least three jewels of the same colour you receive a token (up to four tokens for five jewels including one “special” sparkling jewel). In the original version, you win if you have three tokens in three colours. We play until one has three tokens in each of the seven available colours…
Inside the box was also a download code for the pc version of Bejeweled. The best thing: The code could only be entered until the end of 2013 (even before people complained online that they were not able to enter the code somewhere…). BUT I managed to nevertheless enter the code: You should enter the code on some webpage from Hasbro (even some page from Popcap told you to go to this page). The page was still up, but just had a link to a page from Popcap. Of course: This one was not existing anymore.
But: Some Popcap page (the same saying you should enter your Bejeweled code on the Hasbro page!) said to enter all other codes in “Origin”. So I just tested downloading “Origin” and entering the code there. It was not only working, even better: Once I entered the code, I was even able to CHOOSE between about 5 or 6 different Popcap games (not just Bejeweled). Since I do not really like Bejeweled, I simply took another game. 🙂
So, never ever trust something to not work (even if a page or person says so), if you haven’t searched for another solution than the obvious one. And: Just think outside the box! 🙂