Review Stone Shooter
An archaic looking bubble shooter
Author: Brandon Girod
Date: 24 May 2017, tested on HTC One M8
Has good framerate, doesn’t bog you down with ads
Level design can be frustrating, graphics are terrible, aiming feels off
When you take a look at a game like Stone Shooter for Android, you kind of already know what you’re getting yourself into. It’s a low-res bubble shooter that looks like a flash game straight out of 1998, and it plays a lot like one, too. I’m here to confirm your suspicions.
The best thing about this game is that it allows you to jump right in without wasting your time going through another needless tutorial on how to play bubble shooters. It respects the player’s time by removing a lot of trivial “tips” too. Unfortunately, the rest of the game feels like it was rushed.
First off: cave men and women aren’t intrinsically exciting subjects to base a game around, so if you’re going to try, you need to put a lot more effort into it than what went on here. The graphics are incredibly low-res, and the artwork looks like it was commissioned to someone who has basically given up on their career as an artist. That might sound harsh, but I mean it with the best intentions. Spending some more time on the art in this game could really change the way this game is perceived.
The game mechanics aren’t too shabby, though. You will get caught in the occasional snag where you have one stone left, and throw after throw, you just can’t seem to get three stones of the same color to finish the level. The aiming can also be odd at times. If a stone grazes another, sometimes it will stick and sometimes it won’t. The determining factor seems to be that it will always do the opposite of what you want.
Stone Shooter doesn’t have any fancy power-ups or elegant graphics, and while I don’t really care about power-ups, I do believe vamping up the graphics could bring the game up to another level. In the meantime, it’s incredibly difficult to recommend this game when there are drones of decent bubble shooters already on the Play Store.