Price: $ .99
Bubble Birds iPhone Video App Review
Brick-breaking, block-smashing, bubble-bursting, and balloon-popping apps are rampant in the AppStore. We see a lot of them here at the iPhone App Review, so trust us when we say that Bubble Birds, by XIMAD, isn’t the like the others: This bird-bombing iPhone app has a lot of promise, and at a bargain price, to boot.
The premise of Bubble Birds is largely simple: You’re presented with a wall of multi-colored birds and a nest from which birds can be hucked. By throwing birds at the avian onslaught you can match up three or more similar fowl to pop the whole bunch. Pop all of the birds, and you win the level. But don’t take too long—if you dilly-dally enough the game will add birds to the stack. Wait even longer, and you’ll find yourself overrun with feathers and covered in a game over.
That’s the basic idea that Bubble Birds is packing, and for the most part, it’s got fun in spades. The central mechanic of throwing a bird at other birds to pop the whole bunch is satisfying, and so is completing a level. However, those are the only mechanics that Bubble Birds is sporting. Completing a new level only increases the speed with which birds are added to the stack, which certainly makes the game more challenging, but just doesn’t provide that carrot-on-a-stick feeling one needs to keep playing a game. Some power-ups would have been appreciated, or even just different bird abilities, à la Angry Birds. Bubble Birds is certainly fun, but what’s offered here feels tedious until too late in the game.
Thankfully, Bubble Birds is sans design flaws. This app has had quite a while to bake on other platforms, and the product offered here is stable and sound. The birds are cute and the soundtrack is peppy. The graphics match the gameplay to a T, and the in-app physics are brilliant. Bubble Birds also features full Game Center integration, which is a nice touch, however its still not enough incentive to keep the player going, level after level.
At the end of the day, Bubble Birds is a solid app that offers tried-and-true gameplay in abundance. There’s a lot of time-wasting potential locked away in this app, and the code has been baked until its bug free. The price is right (one dollar in the AppStore) and with fantastic design, including Game Center integration, there’s really no reason to avoid downloading Bubble Birds. The gameplay can be tedious at times—not to mention not wholly inventive—but at a bargain price, and with a bright future ahead, Bubble Birds can certainly find its place on your iDevice.
Bubble Birds requires iOS 4.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), and iPad. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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