Review Bubble Genius - Popping Game!
A straightforward but difficult bubble shooter
Author: Brandon Girod
Date: 14 May 2017, tested on HTC One M8
Great graphics, fluid animations, precise controls
Difficulty kickstarts almost right off the bat
The brilliant inventor Penny has a problem that she needs you to fix. You see, she’s created a bubble generator that was stolen by her rival, an evil scientist that goes by the name Vee. Vee is currently trapping everything inside massive bubbles, so we’ve gotta use Penny’s other inventions to help defend the town. As you might have suspected, Bubble Genius for Android is a bubble shooter.
What makes this bubble shooter stick out is its sheer presentation level. I’m not a fan of the colorful and cutesy subjects, but the way the art style, presentation, and animations all come together really puts it ahead of the rest of the competition.
Gameplay is pretty run of the mill, however. The good news is that the controls are actually really precise, and the game gives you a bit of a lead that helps you place your shots with accuracy. The one thing I did enjoy was how the gameplay mechanics evolved a bit over time. You’d eventually start needing to accomplish different goals which forced you to play in different ways than simply popping all the bubbles up to the top.
The downside is that while this is a game that looks like it’s for young children, it will likely frustrate them. Right in the sixth level you’ll start to see some pretty strict restrictions on how many bubbles you can use, and the mechanics would be a bit difficult for the younger crowd, though not impossible.
Bubble Genius is a great bubble shooter that checks all of the boxes. The presentation is great, the game is challenging, and there aren’t any atrocious ads.