It’s been a while since our last Mobile Musings feature, apologies regarding that, but we’re back now and aim to bring awesome mobile reviews every fortnight on a Monday. In this latest addition, we take a look at Bubble in Paradise and Diggin’ Dogs. Read on to see what we thought of both titles.
Bubble in Paradise
If there is one genre that has been done to death on the App Store, it’s word games. There are so many of them floating around, and the majority are so similar, that it becomes difficult to distinguish the good from the bad.
Bubble in Paradise is the latest addition to the genre, with the simple aim of making words by tapping bubbles that are each filled with a letter. If you manage to do this, the bubbles that use disappear and make way for new ones. The twist comes in the form of the bubbles expanding over time if they are not used, which means you’ll have less letters at your disposal to make those all important words. If too many bubbles expand and fill up the screen, they’ll pop and it’s game over. It’s a very simple design aspect that keeps the game fresh and challenging.
You’ll also come across other bubbles that house power-ups inside them, such as Deflate and Freeze. Deflate works well if you’re in a tricky spot, as it makes all the big bubbles return to their normal size. Freeze is another great little power-up that stops all movement for a few seconds, giving you some much needed time to clear words without having to worry about those pesky bubbles growing. The game offers you another helping hand by supplying you with a limited amount of hints. If you are in need of more, you can buy 20 hints/59p, 100 hints/£1.49, 300 hints/£2.49 or 1,000 hints/£6.99 from the App Store. It’s not all fun and games though, as there are some bubbles containing power-ups that are best avoided, such as Faster (makes the bubbles appear faster) and Inflate (makes all the bubbles on the screen expand).
Graphically, the game is clean, colourful, bright and easy to navigate. It’s not going to win any awards for graphical achievement, but you get the feeling that wasn’t the intention with Bubble in Paradise. It’s simple, big and bright look work in its favour, as it means that you have no issues selecting the right letter on the screen.
Bubble in Paradise features various game modes which include normal, endless, blitz and battle. Normal features a timer that only starts when the screen is too full, endless mode just keeps on running until you fail, blitz is fully timed and battle allows you to play online against a friend or a random player around the world.
In all honesty, I wasn’t expecting much from Bubble in Paradise when I first started playing. This is mainly due to the fact that the word game genre has been done to death on the iOS platform, but once I started playing the game, I realised just how much fun it actually is. The added changes compared to other games in the genre that are available to buy from the App Store really make the game stand out. It’s addictive, great fun and great value for money with plenty of modes to choose from.
Diggin’ Dogs tasks you with guiding three canines by digging down through the earth, collecting coins and power-ups, whilst avoiding various obstacles so you can reach the golden boot. Each level includes three bones that need to be collected in order to progress to the later areas in the game. You don’t need to collect all three on every level, but the more you do collect on each level, the quicker you will move to the later stages and the higher your score will be. The game is very simple in the way it works and even the most novice gamer will pick it up instantly. You use your finger to cut away the earth, which allows the dogs to progress downwards and sideways. You also have various other abilities including swiping your fingers up, which will make the dogs jump, and the gyroscope that allows you to move the cute canines out of a tricky situation.
At present, the game features five areas and each area has 12 levels, which means Diggin’ Dogs has a total of 60 levels. This might sound like an adequate amount of levels, but the problem is that most of them are pretty short in length and, for the most part, the game doesn’t offer much of a challenge.
If you’ve played Disney’s ‘Where’s My Water’ on an iOS device, then you’ll notice instantly notice it has physics that are similar to Diggin’ Dogs. Some might say they are too alike, but that isn’t really the case. Both titles are completely different and just because they might seem the same at first glance, it doesn’t mean to say that they play same. With Diggin’ Dogs, Chillingo has just used a great physics engine that works brilliantly and you can’t blame them for that.
Diggin’ Dogs isn’t the greatest looking iOS title, but it’s not exactly bad either. The whole look of the game compliments what the game’s theme and what it’s all about. The younger gamers out there will love the cuteness of the dogs and the bright colour palette that is used.
Diggin’ Dogs is a title that is fun to play, addictive and will keep the whole family entertained. If you’re more of a hardcore gamer and prefer more of a challenge, then you might want to look elsewhere as, for the most part, Diggin’ Dogs is pretty straightforward. However, if you’re looking for some cheap iOS fun, you could a lot worse than dig away with these cute little canines.