Rejoiceth then, for Bubble Blast 2 – despite featuring an abundance of coloured bubbles – has Jack Ship to do with match three. It’s waaay more original than that.
Bubble Blast 2 features a six-row by five-column playing field, populated by blue, yellow, green and red bubbles. The aim, essentially, is to clear the playing field by bursting all the bubbles. Simple.
The red bubbles are ready to burst with a single tap, sending smaller bubbles up, down, left and right. If one of those smaller bubbles touches another red blob, it’ll explode too, and so on. It’s all about chain reactions.
The green bubbles aren’t quite ready to burst yet. They need two taps or collisions with smaller bubbles before they’re ready to go; one tap/collision turns them red, and a second makes them burst.
The yellows are a step behind the greens, while the blues demand four taps/collisions to take them through the yellow-green-red-burst cycle.
The catch is that you have a limited number of taps (usually 1-3) to clear the playing field. Things start off easy enough, but a few dozen levels in it’s not uncommon to find yourself completely flummoxed.
Indeed, once every 24 hours you can tap the Hint button to get the solution. I’ve yet to cave in, but I can see how it might be tempting.
In the later stages – as far as I can gather – there’s often just one solution. It can feel incredibly frustrating at times, but you have to appreciate the amount of thought that has gone into the level design.
The problem I have is: because we’re dealing with so many simultaneous chain reactions, it’s impossible to plan ahead; playing out the scenario in your head is absolutely out of the question.
As such, in those later levels, it becomes a case of trial-and-error – and perseverance – as opposed to skill. That’s something that doesn’t sit well with me, personally, but it’s still a lot of fun.
Have I mentioned yet that there are 7,500 levels? You heard me.
Also available for iOS from the App Store (free).
- Lots of levels
- Easy to get into
- Two game modes
- Reeeaaally hard at times
- A bit samey
Summary: Bubble Blast II takes a simple idea but very quickly ramps up the difficulty. Well worth checking out, but be prepared for a tough slog.
Requires: Android 1.5 or above
Price: free @ Android Market