Colored Bubbles review (iOS / Universal)September 9, 2011
♫ “How much does an opinion weigh?
Does it really matter what I say?”
Pastel shades or retro 8-bit high contrast? You choose.
As usual, click the images for the full-resolution iOS device screen-shot.
10 word description: Clear the screen by collecting bubbles of the same color. (Lifted directly from the app store description)
10 word review: Great little bubble merging game. Don’t judge by its looks!
You will like this if you enjoy: Strategic action/puzzle games. Well conceived casual games.
The good news: Gameplay is close to perfect for this kind of casual action/puzzle game. Three difficulty settings are nice to have. Graphically it’s good – clear and uncluttered. The 8-bit theme is particularly cool. Touch controls are pretty much spot-on and work very well. Bubble inertia is subtle and adds to the strategic possibilities. It’s really very good on an iPad.
The bad news: Hardly a fault, but a couple of different modes (timed, maybe?) would be good in an update. The bad news (more for the developer than players) is that this game’s appearance suggests that it might be yet another pointless screen tapping bubble-burster. It isn’t. Trust me, it’s an engrossing and addictive game with subtle depths of scoring strategy based around merging the largest bubbles possible. Sounds simple, but it isn’t.
Arcadelife verdict: I’m really glad I got this game to review because it isn’t something that I would have singled out on the app store, based on what it looks like. Not that it looks bad, it doesn’t, it just looks like yet another generic screen-tapping bubble game… which it isn’t, as I have already mentioned. I just thought I needed to mention it again.
Overall, the basic game mechanic is inspired and polished. You can drag the bubbles around. If you touch a bubble while it is overlapping another bubble, you either merge the bubbles (if they are the same colour) and earn points, or you burst them (if they are different colours) and lose points. There’s a fine balance to be found between clearing bubbles quickly and playing a waiting game as you gamble a huge score against sudden disaster. To a certain extent it feels like a much older game, as it’s hard to believe that the simple yet rather wonderful concept has waited this long to be invented.
Arcadelife rating: 88/100
Version reviewed by Arcadelife is 1.0
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