Free Bubble Shooter Online

Play More Bubble Games Online

Bubble Shooter: A Puzzle Hit or Miss?

Want to play some Puzzle Bobble but are in need of something more straightforward? You need not look further than Bubble Shooter to get the same quality game play, but a tad more relaxed. Though it is controlled solely by using a mouse, Bubble Shooter still makes use of Puzzle Bobble-esque physics. However aiming the pointer in this title is much simpler and as a result, the projectile is more accurate than in the original. Also, you have the added advantage of seeing how much bubble ammo you have left before the ceiling goes down a notch.

Those who are new to the Bubble Shooter series are probably wondering why this game is often compared to Puzzle Bobble. Well, though Bubble Shooter is a solid title in its own right, most of its game elements spring from a 16-bit tile matching game from the 90's called Puzzle Bobble or "Bust-a Move". That arcade hit made use of wall bouncing game physics in order to give a new spin to match three games. A Bubbly Kind of Game

As always, the goal is to group three or more similarly colored bubbles together to clear them, along with others clinging on to them, off your play grid. Your progress is counted by the number of rounds you beat, with the pre-set arrangement of your bubbles varying at the start of each stage. The color of your ammo is also randomly selected depending on which orb hues are still currently in play.

While Bubble Shooter does incorporate the main idea of Bust-a-Move, it also tweaks the game play rules quite a bit. For one thing, the arrangement of bubbles in your game grid remains dense throughout your game play. Do not think that you can simply breeze through by mindlessly matching bubbles. Grey bubbles at the bottom of the screen serve as a counter to display how many zero point moves you can pull off before a whole row of orbs is added to the top of your stack. This essentially means that as long as each move you make clears a set of bubbles, your stack will never be pushed down and you can finish everything off without breaking a sweat. Unfortunately, this would require an unbelievable amount of luck to pull off. Since there is no way to see the whole lineup of incoming ammo, there is no way to tell which color of bubbles to prioritize popping.

Bringing the Old to the New

Veterans of Puzzle Bobble will likely remember how the strategic arrangement played a big role in how you tackle a stage. In Bubble Shooter, this is not necessarily the case. Unlike the former's creatively arranged stacks, you start with neat rows of assorted bubbles. Peeling away layers and sticking different colored pieces will alter your board. Depending on how good you planned your moves, this may make things tricky to clear, especially when you consistently get colors you do not want.

The trick here is to really take the time to analyze every shot. Checking the most strategic placement of your bubble may save you the trouble of dealing with an additional row or two later on. Unlike the original's tendency to launch your bubbles pre-emptively while you take a moment to survey the board, Bubble Shooter does not have a countdown timer. Just remember to take note of how many zero point moves are still allowed.

So with all the added considerations, what exactly makes this game less hectic? Well, the good part about Bubble Shooter is that unlike the original wherein you make use of directional buttons to move the pointer, movement is purely mouse-based. This takes out the guesswork, making shots more accurate in the process. The only thing is, you will either have to clear all the balls off the board and get a massive score boost or fail and its game over.

Eye Popping Visuals and Gameplay

While this game is commendable for the tweaks it has applied to Puzzle Bobble's super tricky game play, it also brings with it new issues to consider. One of these is the fact that the physics is not as polished as the original. This makes wall bouncing a bit stiffer and bubble grouping a bit iffy. Also, the graphics look to be quite amateur in nature, making use of shiny 3D balls and a drab UI. The labels resemble image watermarks and look quite out of place in terms of overall design.

Getting tired of the overall color scheme? Keep things fresh by changing the Board color through the setup menu. From Novice, you can also change the difficulty to Expert or Master level if you wish, though you will have to grab the Deluxe version of this. Features that allow you to save in the middle of a game, store current settings, save your best scores and tweak the graphics acceleration will also only unlock by going Deluxe. If you only want to sample Bubble Shooter, do not feel compelled to switch. Novice mode is more than enough to provide plenty of orb popping action and the game is totally playable regardless.

The Verdict

Bubble Shooter is, in essence, a poor man's Puzzle Bobble. It brings with it the core game play that has charmed fans the world over, yet also opens up new issues which need to be addressed. Absolutist's game lacks the finesse and polish that its origin game had and it is evident even on just a skin deep level. It is apparent even with regards to game text as sentence errors and typos such as giving the default title "Anonimus" will make your inner Grammar Nazi squirm.

In terms of the actual game play, you will be dealing with the sheer number as opposed to puzzles that require strategy and skill. This is good for killing time without the time pressure common to other puzzle games. The bottom line is, Bubble Shooter will still require your absolute attention if you want to get a high score, but it is neither more rewarding nor truly a test of your brain power. We give this game a colored shiny bubble’s 84/100