Monday, February 13, 2012

Glorious Time Wasters: Glu's Bonsai Blast Android Game

Initial review:  Five stars -- Nice little twist on a target shooting game
Game category:  Physics games
Game type: Arcade
Recommended device size:  any device
Who'd enjoy it?  For everyone, really.

It's hard to come up with new concepts in a "shoot the target" game, but Glu has managed to create a very pleasant, simple, and playable game for all Android devices.  You're presented a screen with a path and a little "snake" of marbles that start moving along the path to another hole.  The object is to add colored marbles to a section until you match three of the same color, and that section of the line explodes and the marble "snake" shrinks.  Once you've mastered the basics of this game, you can start to get fancy by ricocheting your marbles off walls, using chutes to guide marbles, and swapping from one shooting spot to the next with a touch of your finger.  Each level brings some extra bonuses and treasures.

The game graphics are beautiful, and the play is smooth.  Although this doesn't involve chess-like strategy, it does require some quick thinking to place the marbles properly.  Best of all, for those with poorer eyesight, you touch the part of the marble snake where you want your next marble to land and it goes there -- no wild blasting all over the screen trying to get the game under control.

Great fun, great quick time waster, great stress buster.

1 comment:

  1. Great take on the "Zuma-style" game. The level types are well varied and the progression is good.