Zepi HD review (iPad)

April 11, 2011

“Bugs, bugs, bugs, keep coming up”

"Bugs" is one of three graphic styles to choose from. "Cold" and "Classic" are the other two.

10 word description: Build bubble chains; create musical improvisations; themes, instruments, Game Center.

10 word review: Intriguing game/music hybrid that defies its fairly basic gameplay.

Audio setup is way more complex than the game itself.

You will like this if you enjoy: Match-3 type games, Bubble-chaining/popping games, making music by tapping coloured bubbles (seriously).

Tap bubbles of the same colour to make chains. Musical chains, but still chains.

The good news: It’s colourful, well presented, loaded with graphical and musical options to create many different variations of the game.

You won't believe (or care) how hard it was to capture a screen image of the chain effect.

The bad news: Beneath the different graphical modes and the rather clever implementation of sound as a game element, it’s a fairly basic colour-chaining game.

This game is full of bugs.

Arcadelife verdict: I’m impressed by the way music has been added as a key component of the game. With certain audio options selected, tapping the bubbles will play musical notes from recognisable tunes. If you manage to chain the correct number of bubbles/notes in one go, you get bonus points and you also get the satisfaction of hearing the tune play as you tap the bubbles. 

You can even assign different instruments to each bubble colour. It gives a level of musical complexity to the game that the basic bubble-popping gameplay has a hard job matching.

"Cold" mode. Set this up with a bunch of synth sounds and it's rather nice.

Given the amount of graphical and musical options, all of which are available from the start, I would have expected to see a bit more complexity built into the way the game actually plays. It’s this overly simple gameplay that tends to let the rest of the game down slightly and it would be great to see an update or two addressing this and adding some depth to the game mechanics.  

Arcadelife rating: 70/100

Version reviewed by Arcadelife is 1.0

iTunes link

Ostin Games website link

Arcadelife played and reviewed this game on:
iPad (OS 4.3.1)

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