Tako Bubble Review: A Fun Underwater Puzzle Game
- Name: Tako Bubble
- Developer: Noice 2D Game Studio
- Genre: Puzzle
- Price: Free with ads and in app purchases
- Installed size: 82 mb
- Best played in short bursts
- No bugs experienced
- Playable Offline: Yes
What is Tako Bubble?
Tako Bubble is a puzzle game that stars Tako the octopus as he tries to rescue his collection of beetles by popping magical bubbles. The game is broken down into 60 short levels, with players needing to pop the three shining bubbles on each one to advance. To that they will need to navigate around each stage and either avoid or destroy any enemies they come across.
Tako Bubble has simple controls, with a swipe in any direction being all that is needed to get Tako to make a move. However every time Tako moves, so do his enemies, and the game will often boil down to making sure that your movement falls in line with the movement of the traps or enemies for that level.
Tako Bubble is a simple, well executed and fun puzzle game. Its 60 levels will not last you very long, but they will provide you with a bit of a challenge and will more than likely make you curse yourself for not planning ahead or not paying attention in the moment before Tako gets swallowed up by an enemy.
The simple controls are intuitive enough to make the game very approachable with nothing more than a few visual guides in the early levels. Players might have to get used to the controls in so far as turning around when in tight spaces and the timing on certain block types, but that should not take long. The simple controls are complemented by a fairly minimal user interface, with players being given visual cues when their next move will lead to their death.
Noice has taken a retro pixel art approach to the graphics. On one hand, the graphical approach fits the game’s wacky theme, with colorful enemies that really stand out from the background. On the other hand, the overuse of various tones of blue leads to a lack of contrast between certain block types. As with becoming familiar with the controls, this is something that is easy to get used to.
While it’s not perfect, and it does just offer a fairly 60 levels, Tako Bubble is a fun game that is worth your time. The the game’s stages are well suited for short burst gaming and simple controls make the game very approachable while the clever level design can present a challenge.