Shoot bubbles of matching colors to make them burst and earn points
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Bubble Shooter will be instantly recognizable to anyone who has played one of these block-breaker style games in the past, and there have been quite a few of them over the years. One of the most popular was a game very similar to this called Snood, and it paved the way for an entire generation of players who found the game to be an excellent way to burn a few spare minutes during the day.
The object of Bubble Shooter is quite simple. The player will control a firing mechanism at the bottom of the screen, and that shooter will fire bubbles of different colors. Above the firing mechanism is the playing area, and it will start off with several rows of random bubble colors. The goal is for the player to shoot a bubble of a certain color into bunches of bubbles with the same color. If at least three matching bubbles are made to touch, then that bunch of bubbles will disappear from the playing area and the game advances.
The game includes two primary modes, which are Puzzle and Arcade. In Puzzle Mode, players will need to clear an area with static bubbles that don't move on the playing area, and they will have a finite number of bubbles to clear the area. In Arcade Mode, players will have to deal with descending levels of bubbles, and if the player fails to remove all the bubbles before the bottom-most level has reached the firing mechanism, the game is over.
Much like Tetris and other puzzle arcade games of this type, the game is a bit repetitive, but that is what makes it so addictive. With over 300 individual levels in Bubble Shooter, there's no shortage of material to keep the player going. In order to increase the playability of a platform like this even further, the creators incorporated special objects into the playing area, such as bombs, fire, glass, and stones. Each performs a different action when freed, and those actions typically include things like removing large areas of the board, changing the color of certain bubbles, and much more. To be fair, almost every puzzle shooter of this variety has taken such an approach to expand the gameplay engagement, but Bubble Shooter is just as good or better than any other clone.
One thing that players will probably start to hate after only a few levels is the music. It's a bit too sweet and upbeat, and many players find it best to mute the volume while playing. In terms of the visuals, the game is cute and fun. While Bubble Shooter doesn't offer a greatly differing experience from any other similar puzzle shooter arcade game, it is still exceptionally fun to play. It's also entirely free and has no in-game purchases, which is a nice shift from modern mobile games.