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Monday, October 23, 2006
 
Battling Bubbles In Pop-A-Tronic
7:57 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

The latest Slacker's Guide examines Big Blue Bubble's Pop-A-Tronic, an action puzzle game which asks players to quickly match clusters of bubbles as they fall from the top of the screen. Noting the games combination of speed and strategy, The Slacker's Guide recommends Pop-A-Tronic to fans of action puzzle titles.

From the review:

Like any block-clearing game, the player seeks out clusters of similarly colored bubbles as they rain from the top of the screen to clear the level and advance to the next stage. A simple enough premise, Pop-A-Tronic adds some neat touches to a familiar concept. For example, click on an active cluster and it'll burst, removing the bubbles from the level and causing the others to fall. Click on an inactive cluster of less than three identically colored bubbles and the clicked bubble will become scrap, thereby interfering with possible future combinations...

Perhaps the coolest feature of the game and the thing that keeps it from being completely dependent on what pieces fall in what order (something the player has no control over) is the ability to control-click a bubble and move it to any location necessary to complete a combination and clear a cluster from the screen. This addition points the game in two different directions, yet adds to it as a whole; the title becomes a "speed-click" game combined with strategic elements. The two game styles actually mesh well, even if they make the player speed up and slow down their pace at alternate intervals.

To check out the full review and learn more about the game follow the links below.

The Slacker's Guide: Pop-A-Tronic Review
Pop-A-Tronic
Big Blue Bubble
Macgamestore: Pop-A-Tronic


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