Bubble shooter games have been around starting 1994 since the release of Puzzle Bobble in Japan. This simple yet addictive game became an international star. Now, the video game can be found on most computers and browsers with the release of flash technology. Bubble Shooter is one such game that took the mechanics of this puzzle formula to create a flash game that everyone can play.
Originally intended for kids to play on their Window’s PC, Bubble Shooter can now be seen being played by people of all ages on several systems. The rise of it’s success is the gradual increasing difficulty and the ability for people to continually raise the bar, to the point where a ridiculous amount of speed may be required to complete certain levels.
The game utilizes different colored balls placed in a grid-fashion on a rectangular play area. On the bottom middle of the screen is a bubble shooter, which shoots colored balls one at a time. The placement of balls on the grid is dependent on the difficulty preset and the level of the currently played game. The order of the color of the balls being shot into the fray changes with each shot.
The cursor guides where the shot is made. Like pool games, the ball that is being shot will bounce off the walls and the trajectory will be directed by the angle that it is being shot from. A great way to strategically think about where the bubble will go is in a geometric triangle shape. One side will be the direct route. But if there are other balls in the way, to hit the wall will be the best bet. Each shot will stick to the other bubble balls.
The puzzle part of the game happens because when you match three bubbles of the same color, where each bubble is touching each other, they will pop and disappear, leaving bubble balls of the other colors behind. If there are a multitude of bubble balls in one segment, and they are the only one’s holding a host of others (think like the top base of an icicle that is hanging down from the cieling), the bottom bubble balls will fall and the player will be given points for causing more of these bubble balls to disappear from the grid than just the single color ball that was shot.
Players who are quick to see the patterns and can match their shot to the designated target will be the ones to beat each level faster and be able to go farther than the other players.
The level of difficulty increases as time passes. With each ticking second, there will be a time limit before another set of bubble balls appear from the top of the screen. This adds to the number of balls that need to be disposed of. The objective of the game is to get rid of all the bubble balls on screen. If any are added, they must be disposed of as well. If the player is unable to make all of these bubble balls disappear before the grid is filled with them or reaches the end line (the line where the shooting mechanism is) then the player will have failed their objective and it will be game over.