More bubble fun than you can shake a Borb at!
The Bubble Town Bundle from I-play gives the player both Bubble Town games for a bargain price of just Â£1.79.
Both games follow the same simple formula, shoot coloured bubbles, or Borbs as they are called, from the bottom of the screen to form clusters of three or more. The formula is now well known thanks to the popularity of games such as Bust A Move and can be picked up and played by almost anyone.
The action differs from other such games by limiting the number of bubbles that the player can use. Once all of the players “ammunition” is used, the bubbles drop by one level and, once they reach the bottom, it is game over. The player gets more bubbles to use each time the level drops, but they can also get more by making clusters of bubbles drop from the main area.
There are all manner of other fiendish ways by which the game tries to offer some variety, such as the sleeping Borbs, which must be woken before they can be removed, and the end of area puzzles that will require the highest precision to pass.
Players will find themselves bouncing the Borbs from the walls and squeezing them through the smallest of gaps to complete each level. Power-ups can be found which will aid the player through the game, such as a targeting line that will help you to get that shot just right, or the obligatory colourless bubble that will match any colour that it touches. All very handy and needed throughout the game.
Bubble Town 2 simply offers more of the same, being more of an expansion than a sequel. There are a host of new levels to keep even the greatest of sharp-shooters busy for a while. A couple of new power-ups will help things along and even a few more obstacles for the player to negotiate on the screen.
Also adding to the line-up is a new level style which will offer the player a chance to test their bubble popping skills in a new way. Whilst Bubble Town 2 is not hugely different from the first game, it offers more of the same great gameplay, so it can’t be bad.
Two control methods are offered to the player, either using the iPhones tilt function or the touch screen. To date, I have yet to find a game that actually benefits from teh tilt function, and the same is true here. In a game where precision is required, the tilting is just too haphazard to cause anything but frustration. The touch screen control, on the other hand, is perfectly suited to this style of game and works really well, although those with larger fingers may have some slight difficulty with precise shots.
Bubble Town 1 & 2 are available on the App Store for Â£1.19 each, which is not a bad price. However, most people have played this style of game before and know what to expect, so buying the bundle for Â£1.79 and getting double the fun certainly makes sense.
The Bubble Town games are very well polished examples of this particular genre. They are perfectly suited to the iPhone and, with their colourful graphics and humorously animated Borbs, are sure to delight the casual gamer.
Bubble Town 2-in-1 Bundle Pack can be found on the App Store here for just Â£1.79