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Balloon Blowout (Android) Review

 
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At a Glance...
 

Formats: Android
 
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Final Score
7.0
7/ 10


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We liked?


A simple game that is both oddly fun and surprisingly challenging.

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Graphic-wise, it's a little low tech.


Final Fiendish Findings?

Balloon Blowout is one of those games that manages to be both carefree and challenging. There is just something about popping balloons that appeals to the child in all of us, and the added elements of a game that truly makes you think fast and work hard make it a winning combination.

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Posted August 28, 2013 by

 
Full Fiendish Findings...
 
 

At first glance, Balloon Blowout seems like a ridiculously easy game – something my four year old would love. A bunch of balloons float longingly up towards the sky, and you maliciously and gleefully pop them by tapping each in turn. What could be more simple (and incredibly boring to anyone over the age of 6)? But I soon found that there is so much more to Balloon Blowout – give it a few levels, and it sucks you right in to some surprisingly challenging play.

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The objects of Balloon Blowout *is* to pop balloons, but there’s more to it than that. You object is to reach a high score, or at the very least to reach the minimum points needed to successfully beat the level. You acquire points by popping the balloons – one balloon of any color popped gets you +10. Any consecutive balloon popped in the same color gets you a multiplier (x2, x3, etc.), so the goal quickly becomes to get as long a string as possible in a single color in order to rack up points quickly, as popping a balloon of another color starts you back at +10 again.

Of course, all the other balloons don’t just sit patiently while you pop only red ones. Balloons of every color float determinedly towards the sky, taking all your potential points with them. So Balloon Blowout quickly becomes a frantic exercise in trying to repeatedly pull a bunch of balloons back towards the bottom while popping only those of one color. Sooner than you’d like, there will be too many to keep track of and you’ll have to start popping other balloons just to keep up.

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Once you get the hang of pulling in long strings for maximum points without losing any of your precious balloons to the sky, Balloon Blowout throws you a new curveball – bombs. These floating balloon bombs each have a timer on them, counting down the seconds until they blow up all balloons in their vicinity. Since there is a finite number of balloons released in each level, losing them bombs can well be the difference between failure and success. Like all the other balloons, the bombs can be pulled around and popped – but popping them detonates the bomb, so you need to make sure no other balloons are in the vicinity.

Once you figure out moving bombs out of the way while lengthening your color strings and keeping balloons from floating away, you are introduced to a hungry purple balloon with teeth, which pops every balloon in its path. You’ll need to either pop it quickly, or move your balloons out of the way – all while still maintaining the strings and bombs. It all adds up to some very frantic action in very short order.

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In addition to those challenges, there are some bonus balloons that can be quite helpful, when used to correctly. There is one balloon that can dragged over balloons to change them all to one color, and an even more useful one that changes them to the color of your current string. Mystery balloons are maybe something good, maybe something bad – you have to pop them to find out. Clock balloons slow everything down so you can think for a minute. These extras bonuses and challenges are just enough to add variety to play without being overwhelming.

There are a few things I wasn’t as pleased with in the game. I do feel it would have been an added challenge if popping or using bonus or challenge balloons ended your string. As it is they do not, and so you are free to take care of bombs, check out mystery boxes, and such without a while lot of thought going into it. If I had to risk losing my 10x multiplier to see what’s in the box, it would definitely add another element of thought and strategy to the game. And speaking of 10x multiplier, that’s as high as you can go. Once you hit 10x, you can’t go any higher. On the one hand, it keeps you from completely blowing away high scores. But on the other hand, it would be a really good incentive to risk it all for a fifteen or twenty balloon string.

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Balloon Blowout is one of those games that manages to be both carefree and challenging. There is just something about popping balloons that appeals to the child in all of us, and the added elements of a game that truly makes you think fast and work hard make it a winning combination.


Amy

 
U.S. Senior Editor & Deputy EIC, @averyzoe on Twitter, mother of 5, gamer, reader, wife to @macanthony, and all-around bad-ass (no, not really)