Bubbling Octopus: Written Android App Review
The latest craze in bubble bursting fun is all about adorable octopi. The new Bubbling Octopus Android app from Interactive Exchange Company PL takes the concept of three-in-a-row to another level – under the sea!
Like most bubble bursting games, the idea in Bubbling Octopus is to match up three or more bubbles of a certain color, efficiently clearing levels before the sky falls in or the collected bubbles reach the bottom of the sea.
You play the part of Mummy Octo, and she’s hell bent on bringing her little baby octos home before the sky falls in. If you play smart, the game gives you bonus bubbles that remove rows, bubbles of a certain color or any bubbles attached to the one you hit.
The free version of this game that I reviewed comes with five levels you can play as often as you’d like. To be honest, those levels aren’t horribly challenging. But the full version of this app has 41 levels for you to play and enjoy, and they certainly step the difficulty level up a notch as you go.
Depending on how quickly and efficiently you clear each level, you’ll earn a bronze, silver or gold medal, and the app keeps track of your top scores so you can always try to beat your best. I think the app could use some OpenFeint integration or a set of unlockable achievements to spice up the action and give this game a social feel.
Layout & Design:
Bubbling Octopus has some pretty bright, fun graphics, especially on the game board. I’m not as crazy about the transitional load screens, which sport a simplistic whale image. It feels a bit like a lost opportunity to really spice up the look and feel of this app.
I also ran into a few errors in the app, which force closed pretty regularly on my Droid Razr. The funniest error was that even with the in-game sound toggled off, the app music played over and over and over again. It didn’t even stop when I force closed the app, or closed it traditionally. In fact, I had to uninstall the app entirely to get the carnival tune to stop, which was quite annoying.
The full version of Bubbling Octopus costs just $.99. I suggest downloading it immediately if you like the first five levels, or can’t get enough bubble blasting action. Unfortunately the free version of the app had a few features I quite disliked, like the fact that the app asks you to install a search function that makes the developers money. I also detest apps that constantly ask you to rate them in the app store without giving you an opt out.
With a few tweaks, I would quite like Bubbling Octopus. As it is, the app could use a few improvements. Keep your eyes on this title as it goes through upgrades for a fun game everyone can enjoy.
Android Apps Review Details: Bubbling Octopus is FREE. This app requires Android 1.6 and up. You may download Bubbling Octopus from the Android Market. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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