Bubble Bunch is a new casual game for iPad that utilizes its 9.7” display perfectly for multiplayer use. The game focuses on a multiplayer experience that tasks four human players or one human player and three computer players against one another in three different game types. Each mode has its own twist that involves you changing the way you go about your business. It is this diversity along with its focus on local multiplayer that makes this game unique.
The controls in Bubble Bunch are quite simple, you have a single launcher that shoots bubbles into the middle of the screen. The way you use the controls is what makes this game very interesting. You have the options to shoot your bubbles in the middle and use them as the game dictates or to shoot them at the players to the left or right of you and try to thwart their efforts. The controls are as simple as using your finger to guide where your launcher shoots your bubble and tapping the launcher decides when you shoot your bubble. The control system in this game makes it an easy pick up and play game.
Bubble Bunch has three different game types: Rogue Drone, Domination and Aquarium. Aquarium tasks you with trying to get the most match threes. Domination challenges you to get the most of your color in the middle. Rogue Drone takes on higher stakes with a droid that shoots back and can cause havoc that affects your score. I found that Rogue Droid was the easiest, Aquarium fell in the middle and Domination was the most difficult. This may just be my experience but after some lengthy gameplay this held true.
My favorite aspect of this game is the multiplayer interface that it encompasses. The four player local system is unique and makes for a great experience when you have four human players. My wife and I had a great time playing with my best friend and his fiancé. The game does a great job of letting all four players interact and not lagging or having any trouble handling the input. The design of the controls and style of the game is what allows for all four players to be able to have an enjoyable experience. It makes for a great game to show off if you have friends over who often that say your iPad is nothing more than a big iPhone. This is the ‘game changer’ feature of this app.
The game lacks diversity as far as what happens in the game types but makes up for it in the ingenuity it takes to be successful in the different game types. Each of the game types has a unique feel as it challenges to use a different method to be successful. Each mode also sports a one of a kind atmosphere that follows a theme set forth by the name of the game type.
The visual and audio aspects of this game are great. I really enjoyed how each environment was different from the other and followed the theme set forth by the name. Bubble Bunch for iPad remains fluid and never seemed to bog down. The audio was pleasant and never seemed to get monotonous. The visual themes of the game are great and the name is very fitting.
- Great Visuals
- Great Multiplayer
- Not Enough Game Type Diversity
- More Variables Would Be Nice
Released: Mar 24, 2011
Size: 31.1 MB
Seller: RealNetworks, Inc.
© 2011 RealNetworks, Inc.
Requirements: Compatible with iPad. Requires iOS 3.2 or later