Developer: Sloth Productions
Price: $0.99
Version Reviewed: 1.01
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 4

Graphics / Sound Rating: ★★★☆☆
Game Controls Rating: ★★★★☆
Gameplay Rating: ★★★☆☆
Replay Value Rating: ★★½☆☆

Overall Rating: ★★★☆☆

BubbleSnatch looks an awful lot like a match three puzzler. It’s actually not. Instead it’s a game where you have to drag sea creatures into pipes.

That sounds horribly cruel doesn’t it? It’s not really. You’re meant to be evacuating them through suction pipes in order to save them from nasty foes. Each sea creature is a different colour, which means they need to go through a different pipe. There are all manners of nasty things out to get them first though, such as a plethora of sea urchins, crabs and eels. It’s down to you to hold your finger down on the creature and drag it around the nasty things, before depositing it in the correct pipe, all within a fairly relaxed time limit.

Oh and there are some power ups too such as extra time and strength, meaning you can push through the urchins a bit more easily. That truly is as complicated as it gets. There are 30 levels to complete and a high score based challenge mode, but throughout you’ll be doing the same thing over and over again. Oddly though, it’s quite calming to play. The simplicity of everything means you can relax quite easily with this game. This is enhanced even further when you can play your own music tracks alongside it. Stick a bit of trance music on and be soothed by the tranquillity of, well, saving cartoon-like sea creatures from death.

BubbleSnatch is quite cheap and quite cheerful. It might feel ultimately frivolous, and that’s because it is, but it still makes the daily commute go that bit more easily. Just don’t expect an epic of a game.

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