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I'm Forever Blowing (Up!) Bubbles...
on 23 January 2014
Having had my life pretty much controlled by this horribly addictive game for the past four weeks, I finally made it to the end of level 114 yesterday. It's been one hell of a ride; increasingly more challenging games, featuring ever more complex arrangements of bubbles and a seemingly never-ending collection of nasties to make the task of rescuing a similarly never-ending succession of kidnapped little critters all the more difficult to achieve.
Whenever I failed a level, I felt awful for the babies I'd left behind. And you only get a maximum of five lives at a time too. A new life will mysteriously appear every hour but one life isn't necessarily going to get you very far. Even when you don't flunk a level completely, even when you manage to rescue all the babies, unless you achieve a two or three star rating on that particular level while you're about it, you don't get that life renewed. That can be more than frustrating, believe me. Oh, you can buy more lives if you want to, but that never appealed to me. My concerns for the welfare of all those kidnapped baby critters did, at no time, extend to me wanting to actually put my hand in my pocket in order to help them.
The graphics and sound effects are all superb and the music in particular contributes a great deal to the game's appeal. I did get stuck on a number of levels along the way, even at one point swearing I would never go near 'Bubble Mania' again (with 'swearing' being, very much, the operative word). I did find a slightly more relaxing (although equally challenging) alternative to it during that period, an App called 'Bubble Worlds' - it's quite similar in style although not quite so smooth to play. The advantage it does have though is unlimited lives. But, at the end of the day, the call of 'Bubble Mania' and those poor helpless little critters was too much for me to be able to resist.
I was deflated, to say the least, to discover no great ticker-tape parade in my honour once I'd battled my way to the end of level 114. There was no closure of any kind, since it seems that there will be more and more levels for me to tackle in the near future. My only reward, after four weeks of intense effort? - The suggestion that I should go back and play most of those 114 levels again, in order to get a three star rating in each. Huh! If I've not got three stars already on any level then there is a very good reason for that - it was bloomin' hard! Am I really likely to want to revisit those levels again, purely to prove how much of a masochist I am?
Well... yes: as a matter of fact, I think I probably am actually!