Platformers seem to have made a bit of a revival of late, with some top quality titles making an appearance. It's finally been acknowledged that these games need a little more to them to make them interesting and Audiogenic seem to be on the right lines with their platformer/
Now this is a weird one! Apparently a character called Squeak jst happens to drop through a Black Hole and asks you (Bubble) to become hero of the universe.
The land of Grool, Squeak's home, is under a reign of terror of the evil Kat of Nine Tails who has enslaved all the Grooleans and stolen their tails.
Squeak managed to escape and now needs your help to free the Grooleans.
There are many games in this puzzler/
This is more than just another platformer and has many more aspect to the gameplay than usual.
Again it is in keeping with the platformer style using lively, jaunty tunes which fit in with the pace.
Sound effects are in abundance and are of a very high standard. In fact there seems to be a different sound for every action. From enemies sneezing at you to rippling water, they all sound realistic and work well. Background sounds have been been thought out, like birds tweeting.
At first I thought that the character's sampled phrases (such as "Wait here" and "Come on") would grate on my nerves but they simply reinforce what is happening in the game.70%
Although it looks nothing new and is the usual platformer type thing with cute sprites and bright, cheerful graphics, it does work exceptionally well and is of a very high standard.
The backdrops are detailed, the levels set out well and the special effects such as the lightning and the character becoming darker underwater look brilliant.
On the bonus level, you take charge of an underwater submarine and this is where the graphics really do excel. Using psychedelic, kaleidoscopic patterns to convey the rippling water, the scenery becomes part of the puzzle as you make your way through seaweed and foreground and background obstacles.
The characters have been nicely animated and add some humorous touches. For example, if Bubble is left standing he will yawn or Squeak will tap his feet.75%
It is quite common for platformers to sometimes fall into the trap of being dull and not very challenging, so it's always nice to play those that involve a good puzzle element too. Bubble and Squeak does take a fair bit of working out and it's not a game you could just whiz through.
The puzzles require you to work out how to get the two characters around the levels by using the objects and character's abilities - for example, jumping onto Squeak's back to reach higher levels or operating the lifts with the switches located on different platforms.
This works extremely well and leaves us with a very enjoyable and addictive game.
It may actually be a little too cute for some but this doesn't mean it is an easy game. Ignore the misleading cutesy factors and it is a taxing but very playable title.
The password system is a more than welcome feature (although fiddly to operate) because in some places, if you make a small mistake like falling off a platform, there seems to be no way out other than starting from scratch again.
The game has many objectives which keep things very interesting. There are five worlds on the planet Grool and each one has at least five different levels. You also get to progress onto shoot-'em-up levels and bonus games.
On some levels the water will rise and cut off some of the lower levels. If either character become submerged they will lose a life. This keeps things frantic and the pace exciting.
Gumball machines also play a big part believe it or not, and buying the Bubble Gum for Bubble results in giving him special powers to fly or move as fast, or jump as high as Squeak.
Plenty of attention to detail has been paid, especially in creating themed settings and imaginative sprites, such as the Stardust Caverns with its Red Crawlers and Baseball Ducks who will hit any fire you hit back at them.
This is a very polished game, with a great deal of attention paid to every aspect, providing varied gameplay and detailed graphics. The game has been very nicely put together and although it is another platformer, it is of a high quality and has enough puzzles in it to keep it challenging,