The retro stylings of Bubble Sort by Heavy Six Entertainment do well for the nostalgic gamer. It’s classic 80’s game play in the palm of your hand, and while the graphics and sound effects are something straight out of the Tron era, its got all the benefits of the iPhone platform. It’s the authenticity of the design in Bubble Sort combined with a frantic race against the clock that makes it great.
A free version of Bubble Sort is available that has six levels. These levels are relatively easy. Where the game really starts to challenge you is in levels 7-20, which are available in the paid version for 99 cents. The idea is that you have three objects you have to sort into their respective areas as soon as they hit a sorting square using that area’s button. It’s stupidly simple to learn, but the challenge comes when the objects move faster and faster and become more difficult to tell apart.
If you grew up in the 80’s playing these kinds of games, or even if you have a fascination with arcane arcades, this game will hit you right in that area of the heart that longs to go play Donkey Kong on a stand-up platform. I have no doubt that if this game was invented in1981 it would take a beloved place along with such classics as Galaga, Asteroids, and Pac-Man. Perhaps the plans for this game somehow slipped through the time-space continuum from the age of Back to the Future to bless us with its goodness on today’s devices. We can only hypothesize.
Try out the free version if you’re not sure about this game. I’m certain it will get you hooked on the concept and begging for 13 more levels. Enjoy!
Bubble Sort is compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. Requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.