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Tiny graphics

on 3/11/2013

I bought this game thinking it would be a lot like a game I used to play on my PC in college, where you match three like balloons and get rewards and power ups that fall out of the balloons you pop. Unfortunately, this one is entirely different. It took me a little while to figure out how to play it, as the instructions were not really clear.

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Manufacturer Tommo Inc
SKU 211109284
UPC 695771802481
UPC 14 00695771802481
Format Nintendo DS
Review My very first game of Balloon Pop lasted for 128 levels, at which point I stopped playing and let myself lose. Then the credits started rolling, as I had apparently beaten the game. On my very first play through. Such is Balloon Pop: a puzzle game that rips off many previous titles but forgot to borrow some challenge...The Balloon Bandit has abducted the Earth's seasons and enclosed them in his diabolic balloons. It is up to you, a dancing mushroom, to release them and restore life on our planet...That's all well and good, as puzzle games have never required a coherent explanation as to why we are matching gems or dropping blocks. Balloon Pop is a match-three game where chains of same-colored balloons can be connected vertically or horizontally. Once a group has been made time will stop, allowing you a few seconds to add to it or create new ones. Once the grace period is over the chains will pop and new balloons will fall into place...Along with the lack of difficulty, the game's controls provide another obstacle to fun. You can play with the controller either held like a remote or in the horizontal position, but both are awkward. The pointer is used to target balloons and you flick your wrist in the direction you'd like to move them. But it's hard to make selections in a speedy manner this way. When the controller is held horizontally you hold the 2 button to select a balloon, then press the D-pad in the direction to want to go, then release the 2 button while holding down the D-pad. Fluid controls are very important for puzzle games so we can quickly maneuver across the playing field and set up combos. Playing Balloon Pop is like fumbling with an actual balloon, trying to tie off the end...As far as Wii shovelware goes, you could certainly do worse than Balloon Pop (I'm looking at you, Monster Trux Arenas). It isn't hard on the eyes or ears, but it lacks any sort of challenge (apart from wrestling with the controls). I could see very young gamers getting some fun out of it, maybe if they've never played a puzzle game before. But for most of us, there are deeper, more inventive puzzle games available all over the place for cheaper or for free.
Reviewer Daemon Hatfield
ReviewRating 5
Endless Mode: Think, strategize and react fast! Utilize the special chain reaction and time bar features to create ultimate combos and aid you in your journey to obtain highest score!
Multiplayer Fun: Put your skills to the test and go head-to-head against the CPU in Versus Mode!
Puzzle Mode: Solve 200+ brain teasing levels that challenges you to pop all the balloons on screen within a limited number of moves.
Simple But Challenging Fun: This addictive and challenging puzzler is easy to get into but hard to put down. Sure to please discerning puzzle fans, you can play for quick casual bursts or have a marathon session, testing your prowess in creating satisfying combos that increase in difficulty as time progresses.
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Game Format Nintendo DS
Game Genre Strategy
Andrew Hayward, ...a decent choice for genre dabblers and those seeking a simple diversion.

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