Bubble Shooter

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Bubble Shooter - an all-time classic

One may think that old, simple games will slowly fade in relevance in a time like this with continuously improved graphics in extraordinary games with magnificent storylines - however, that is not the case. New games are not here to replace game classics like Bubble Shooter, but they function as providers of an alternative. A classic does not become a classic for arbitrary reasons, but they are here to stay because the concept of the game is simple yet challenging. It is rather simple to play Bubble Shooter, but the winning conditions changes from game to game and it forces the player to think independently according to the actual display screen. New popular games with exceptional storylines and strong graphics usually only provide one way of winning the game; in order to win, you have to follow an exact path that will eventually lead you to your final destination. Regardless of how many times you play the game, the objective and the path towards it will remain the same. In other words, you get all the cool in-game concepts in high graphics, but once you finish, you are actually done. There is no alternative way to play and win the game, but this is not the case when you play Bubble Shooter.

Bubble Shooter can be played a thousand times and not even two games will be alike. You are forced to adjust your winning strategies to each game, and this is why the game is both simple and complex at the same time. The basics of the Bubble Shooter game are very simple and it may occur almost childish in design, but do not let yourself be fooled. It is easy to play, but difficult to master and it is for this exact reason that Bubble Shooter is recognized worldwide as an all-time classic.

The history of Bubble Shooter

Bubble Shooter originally derives from Puzzle Bobble 2, which was created by Taito Corporation back in 1995. Puzzle Bobble 2 was and still is a popular arcade game, and in 2001 the popularity of the game rose to unparalleled heights by becoming available as a game on PC - named Bubble Shooter as we know it as today. The game was back then developed and published by Absolutist. Divergent versions of the game had already been on the market for some time, but Bubble Shooter, the game as we know it today, was now operational for the player to install and play at home.

Bubble Shooter was created as a game for children, but the mechanics of the game also attracted a more mature player pool. The simple concept of shooting a bubble/ball in a certain direction and the name "Bubble Shooter" are not exactly elements that would seemingly attract adults, but it was rapidly acknowledged as a game having rather deep and complex mechanics despite its immediate simplicity. Therefore, the natural development was to design the Bubble Shooter game for not just PC and arcade halls, but also other electronic gaming devices. The simple game design made the game easily accessible and playable on almost any device. No long introductions, high graphic requirements and complex character interaction - just simple, challenging entertainment in its purest form. Nowadays the game can be found in many different shapes, modifications and designs on all possible electronic gaming devices, but the concept remains the same.

Game design and layout

When you play Bubble Shooter for the first time, you will encounter a box in which multiple tiles of differently coloured bubbles/balls/balloons are placed. This is the default setting of bubbles, that you will have to play accordingly to, and the outcome of the game of Bubble Shooter depends on how you chose to aim and hit your own coloured bubble on these lines. In the bottom of the box, you find your own bubble which you have to aim and click in the direction that seems most appropriate in regards to eliminate as many bubbles as possible. When shooting a bubble, an arrow will occur in the line of your mouse cursor and it should therefore be fairly easy to execute correctly. Next to the bubble, you are about to hit, you will see your upcoming bubble. This way you will always be one step ahead and you can play according to the next bubble waiting for you in a game of Bubble Shooter.

To the right side, you have your game options. In the game options, you can choose to restart the game, search for help on how to play Bubble Shooter, change game settings such as board colour, difficulty, saving mechanics and sound volume. It is easy to modify the game into the way you like it without changing the nostalgic Bubble Shooter experience. Here, you are also able to see your personal high scores. Once you get a hang of it, it is very easy to improve and by saving your personal records, you always have something to compare yourself to. Use your former results as a motivator to become a better Bubble Shooter player. Everything naturally becomes more fun the better you are at it - even if it just a simple video game. It is not exactly defined as a classic multiplayer game, but you can make it one by challenging and competing against your friends and family. Even without a material prize, getting a higher score than your friend can sometimes be worth more than money.

How to play Bubble Shooter

As mentioned, Bubble Shooter is a very easy to game to learn. The game rules are very basic, and therefore the game fits all ages as long as you know how to click a mouse, are able to distinguish the colours, and have some sort of logical reasoning that you can apply to the game when you strike the bubbles. The purpose of Bubble Shooter is to remove all the lines of bubbles by aiming and hitting the right ones. Clusters of bubbles are removed when you hit a bubble of a certain colour with your bubble of the same colour. As an integral part of the game, you have to make sure that the cluster of bubbles you decide to aim for is the same colours as the bubble you are aiming and shooting at. You may be lucky that you hit a string or cluster of multiple connected bubbles, but usually you will only be able to remove two, three or four bubbles at a time. If you just hit one bubble of the same colour, the bubbles will not be removed, as you need to hit a string of at least two bubbles (3 including your own bubble).

How to play Bubble Shooter

  1. Find some bubbles to aim at. Best case scenario would be to aim at at least 2 connected bubbles of the same colour as the one you are aiming with.
  2. Shoot the bubble or string of bubbles and hope you hit the target.
  3. Start over, with a goal to remove all the bubbles from the screen.

It would be too easy if you could miss all your bubbles without being punished for it. For every fifth bubble that you are unable to connect to a string or cluster of two or more bubbles of the same colour, Bubble Shooter will add another line of bubbles on top in order to make the game increasingly harder the more mistakes you make. Because of this, you cannot just sit back, relax, and hope for the game to end by itself regardless of how many mistakes you make - you have to always be aware of hitting the right ones ensuring you an eventual victory. It rewards you on your road towards victory when you hit the right ones, but Bubble Shooter also punishes you for being sloppy at times when connecting bubbles actually is an option.

If you remove a colour entirely, the colour will not appear again. By the time a colour is entirely gone, you are usually about to win the game as Bubble Shooter will get a lot easier with fewer colours to work with. Naturally, bigger clusters of less amounts of colours will occur and therefore it will be more simple and require less accuracy to hit the spots you want to hit.

Tips and tricks

For every game ever made, there are certain mechanics that by correct use of them will allow you to either win the game faster or make the game easier for yourself in one way or another. Despite the immediate simplicity of Bubble Shooter, game easing mechanics are a big part of it.

Border bouncing

When you play Bubble Shooter, you can use the border of the box to bounce the ball into the place you want. You will reach a point of the game where you cannot hit a string or cluster directly with your ball, and the only alternative seems to be shooting your ball into a spot with no bubbles of the same colour. However, the experienced player will be aware of his possibility of bouncing the ball of the frame of the box and hereby hitting a string or cluster of bubbles that matches your own. Be aware of all your options and take your time deciding where to aim. You are not punished for using a lot of time, so dedicating yourself to a certain game will pay off in the end.

Utilize the time

Contemplate and consider every move you make, when you play Bubble Shooter. As mentioned above, you do not get punished by using extra time on a move. Therefore, it is easy to optimize the score just by looking through your options to make sure you make the right decision. Sometimes the situation will occur that you have two possible strings or clusters of the same colour, and you will feel the freedom to choose whichever. However, you need to consider several things before deciding which string to hit. What is my next bubble, and how can this knowledge be utilized? Is it possible to remove more balls, which are not of the same colour, by hitting one spot over another? Can I avoid adding another tile of random bubbles by placing it on a spot higher up? These are important questions that you have to ask yourself every time you are about to shoot in order to optimize the result. In the end, all these small things make a difference, and it might not seem as a big deal, but making the right calls on all these questions is the difference between a decent and a good Bubble Shooter player. To become a better player, you need to consider all your options. Remember, there is no time pressure. Suboptimal performances lead to suboptimal satisfaction in most cases - even in matters of simple games like Bubble Shooter.

Remove a colour entirely

Another strategical element worth considering is the fact that once a certain colour is removed from the game of Bubble Shooter, it will not occur again. By having less colours to work with, the game will automatically become less complex as the chance of having a string or cluster of a certain colour will become bigger. In a regular game of Bubble Shooter, you have almost already won by the time a colour is removed from the game, but you can chose to specifically play towards this strategy from the start by opening up space in areas with many bubbles of a certain colour. When playing according to this strategy, you will usually purposely shoot bubbles in areas with no chance of hitting a string solely to open up space in other sides of the box giving you a bigger chance for removing a colour entirely. We do not recommend this strategy from default as it is very risky. If you do not hit the initial strings of the colour you want to remove, the game of Bubble Shooter will become almost impossible as extra lines will be added due to the many non-connecting hits. Having many additional lines in the beginning will limit your options and at the same time force you to hit a lot of strings or clusters in a row in order just avoid losing the game before it already started. We only recommend using this strategy if you are an experienced player who can tell that the specific game allows you to play around this.

Cause avalanches

When you play Bubble Shooter, causing avalanches is easily the most effective way to remove balls. If you can manage to cut off an entire section of bubbles only by hitting a string or cluster of a certain colour, all the bubbles in the section regardless of colour will pop as well as the string you aimed for. Trying to create "cliffs", which can cause avalanches, can therefore be a rewarding strategy you can apply to your game, but it usually requires some luck in order to have the bubbles in the right position for this to happen. Regardless of the unlikeliness of this to happen, removing an entire section is the most game-winning move you can make in a game of Bubble Shooter.

Avoid denying yourself

Creating a new string or cluster of bubbles from the bottom can be difficult to do without messing up your other options. Make sure to not deny yourself a "hidden treasure" when you are forced to make a failed shot. Sometimes when being forced to make a failed shot, you just hit it a random place, but by doing so you can potentially miss out on a money-spinner. Therefore, you should aim to create completely new strings in areas with a lot of different colours. For example, you put your failed shot (green) as an end tail on a string of five or six bubbles of the same colour (red), you either limit or entirely lock down the opportunity of reaching that string of red bubbles in your next shots.

How to gain more points

Basically, you just have to hit your shots when you play Bubble Shooter. However, there are ways for you to get points faster. The more bubbles you remove in one shot, the more points you score.