Break ’em Bubbles with Babbo’s Barrels

 

Price: Free
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Babbo’s Barrels: Written iPhone App Review

Reviewed by Philip Chan

Babbo is in some serious trouble! His pirate ship is overloaded with barrels! Can you help save his ship from sinking by breaking all the barrels up? This new game, called Babbo’s Barrels, from developer Addiktive Games, offers some entertaining action on both the iPhone and the iPad.

Features:
Babbo’s Barrels features basically a bubble matching game as the main attraction. Tap the right colored bubbles/balls that are lined up, either vertical, horizontal, or diagonal, in three or more, to clear ’em from the screen. This shifts the other remaining ones and re-organizes the playing field. Match ’em up and clear ’em up to stop Babbo’s boat from sinking! Points are scored by how fast you complete a level. There are over 60 neat levels of varying difficulty to try and some of these require top-notch puzzle-solving skills to beat! It’s a fun game and the addition of gems and coins, allowing you to unlock ‘specials’ to use on various levels, makes it even more exciting! Furthermore, the app includes the option to either purchase in-game upgrades or to do surveys and other ads to earn coins and gems for better items (nice to have the option!).
Performance wise, I did encounter some difficulties with Babbo’s Barrels. I’m running the latest iOS (6.0) and there was some moments of annoying lag on startup, as well as when selecting different game options from the main menu. Fortunately, this disappeared quickly and I was able to enjoy the game without further interruptions for the most part!

Babbo's Barrel The iPhone App Review


Graphical Layout:
Babbo’s Barrels looks great on the iOS. The developers have gone with a cartoony, cute theme and it definitely fits the feeling of Babbo’s Barrels. The free version comes with a scrolling ad-banner at the top of the screen, but fortunately it’s not too distracting. It may be removed if you purchase the ‘remove ads’ option for just $0.99. I also enjoyed the cute musical sound effects and background beats that play in Babbo’s Barrels. They help make the game feel nice and fresh. The buttons on screen look nice and are logically laid out, allowing for easy game play and browsing of the app.

Value:
The HD graphics, cute soundtrack, and over 60 levels of game play fun really help make this free game a solid option. Plus, the developer’s solid pedigree with app’s like Bubble Breaker and Bubble Shooter also help this app stand out. The in-app purchases are pushed too heavily for the game to be enjoyable from the start, which is also nice for users wanting to play it just for free. It’s clear that some optimization could be done on the overall app performance. However, these quirks aside, Babbo’s Barrels is overall a very good game app for the iOS and one that I think many fans of this genre will enjoy!

 

Babbo’s Barrels iPhone app requires iOS 4.3 or later and is ccompatible with iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad devices. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.

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