Featured Game Review: Bubble Blaze
Casual gaming has quickly become a dominant force when it comes to mobile gaming. Just take a look at what Angry Birds has done for Rovio. A lot of smartphone users don’t want to play a console game with oncscreen controls. They want to play something that’s quick, easy and gratifying. It’d seem like games that do that are all over the Play Store these days so, is there room for one more such title? Read on to see if Bubble Blaze has what it takes.
Description: When you first start playing Bubble Blaze, you might notice that this is a type of game that’s been around for years. The game is modeled after the addictive Puzzle Bobble from 1994 but, it adds a lot to that original formula, and yet this will still make you feel like you have an arcade in your pocket. The general puzzle mechanic of flinging bubbles to match them is still here but, there are power-ups and boosts that make things more interesting. Along with a scoring system that will make anyone feel good about themselves. With cute creatures to help you play, and some sharp cartoon graphics, Bubble Blaze is a solid title for Android gamers, both casual and otherwise.
How it Works: To start popping bubbles and climbing the score boards, you’ll have to go ahead and download the game from the Play Store. Once you’ve done that, and you’ve launched the game, you’ll see that Bubble Blaze throws you right in with the action.
If you’ve played a game like this before, then you’ll know what to do, essentially you’ve got to aim and fire the bubbles at other bubbles to match them up, and score points. Your Dragon friend there will help you along the way and anything that’s a little advance, the game will let you know what to know:
One thing that is nice, is that it’s not just level after level, you get swept up in a little adventure as well. As you play throughout the game, you’ll unlock the ability to use boosts and power-ups:
You can change bubbles in-game by tapping on your Dragon friend, this is pretty useful, because you won’t be building up sections of different colors:
One thing that strikes you about Bubble Blaze are the animations that are constantly happening. For when you get a streak, for when you win and more. It’s really like having an arcade game in your pocket:
To complete a level, you need to get at least one star out of three. You’ll need to watch how many bubbles you have left, which you’ll see just below the bubble you’re about to fire. If you complete the level, then you win and you can move on to the next part of the adventure:
Things get a lot more exciting the further you continue to play. For instance, you’ll be able to get to grips with power-ups such as the Fireball:
As well as the Rainbow Bubble:
Power-Ups add a whole new dimension to the game and they can really help you out if you’re struggling at all. To find out how they can help you in-game, why not try it out for yourself?
Opinion: There’s definitely a retro formula at work here, and that’s not a bad thing by any means. For one, this will remind you of the arcades of old and for those that haven’t played this time of game before, well, you’re in for a nice surprise. One thing that I liked the most about the game were the flashy images and scores that fly up on screen when you make a streak or get a high score. There’s something really compelling about the whole thing, and if you’re not careful, you’ll be playing for hours and hours.
- Speed (4/5) – Bubble Blaze ran perfectly fine on a number of devices and there were no slowdowns I noticed.
- Features (4/5) – This is definitely a fresh take on a classic game but, that’s not a bad thing and it’s going to be a great new game for those that don’t remember Puzzle Bobble.
- Theme (5/5) – Even on Full HD displays, Bubble Blaze looked sharp and the animations are fun to look at.
- Overall (4.5/5) – Bubble Blaze offers something new and something old all in one and there’s nothing wrong with that, here it works perfectly well enough.
- Satisfying visuals that reward players for doing well, instant gratification for casual gamers.
- Both players old and young alike will be able to take to this straight away.
- Arcade players will love the arcade feel of this.
- While it might seem like an old game, this has a lot to offer and it doesn’t feel like an old game at all.
- Video ads used in the game are somewhat annoying.
- The game could run at too quick a pace for some people.
Conclusion: Overall, Bubble Blaze is a quality title that will appeal to a great many people. Those both old and young will find it easy to pick and play the game, with very little hassle or issues. Graphically, the game is pleasing and even on Full HD displays, characters and animations were sharp and pleasing to the eye. For me, this is a game that reminds of times spent playing Puzzle Bobble on the PlayStation with my friends. Others might feel the same, it might be a completely new type of game to you or just another piece of nostalgia from the arcade days. Regardless of what this game reminds you of though, it’s a great title to pick up and play and well worth taking a look at.