King.com’s Bubble Witch Saga Joins Facebook Standalone Game Coven

Web and social game developer King.com has a habit of breaking out games from its Facebook portal into standalone social games that net the developer a new audience. The latest of these games to get the “Saga” treatment is Bubble Witch Saga.

It’s a fairly simple game that builds on the Snood concept where players fire a colored projectile from the bottom of the screen into a cluster of multicolored objects clustered at the top, trying to match a minimum of three by color. When the player gets a match, the objects are cleared from the board permanent.

Bubble Witch adds a scoring element with cauldrons placed along the bottom of the screen that catch falling projectiles (here called bubbles) once players have knocked them out of the puzzle. Additionally, each time the player makes a match, spiders drop down from the ceiling to hang above the cauldron. Fallen bubbles that bounce off of these spiders on their way to the cauldron gain a score multiplier equal to the number of times the bubble hit the spider. Then, spiders are subtracted from the board each time the player fails to make a match when firing a bubble into the cluster.

The puzzles increase in difficulty as the player progresses through a world map. Like Bubble Saga, each level has up to three stars for the player to earn based on how high they score. A certain number of accumulated stars is required to unlock power-up items for purchase that can make the puzzle easier. Certain levels are friend-gated, requiring the player to invite new players to the game or to pay Facebook Credits to bypass the gate.

Bubble Witch Saga essentially combines all the lessons King.com has learned from its standalone experiments with Miner Speed, Bubble Saga, and Mahjong Saga. With all the similarities in gameplay between the standalone games and their “origin” games still playable on the King.com Facebook games portal (pictured above), one might think the developer is cannibalizing its audience with each new game release.

The data indicates otherwise, however, with King.com growing into the sixth-largest social game developer by monthly active users and the fifth-largest by daily active users at 16.5 million and 2.4 million, respectively. Note that the uptick in growth occurs about a month or so before the developer’s shift into cross-platform development. To date, only Miner Speed has an iOS version with limited integration to its Facebook parent game.

King.com tells us that it’s still working on developing iOS and tablet versions of its Saga games. We know that the company has been staffing up significantly in the last month or two, but as for future plans, King.com kept the conversation limited to Bubble Witch Saga. Players can expect to see tournament play and new power-ups in the coming weeks and there may also be a collaborative multiplayer mode in the works.

As the game only just launched today, Bubble Witch Saga hasn’t yet appeared in our AppData traffic-tracking service. Keep an eye out for it in the coming the days.

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49 Responses to “King.com’s Bubble Witch Saga Joins Facebook Standalone Game Coven”

  1. Kristenevans says:

    Nice, Wizards!! Check out Karma Kingdom..

  2. This Week’s Headlines From Across Inside Network says:

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  4. ales chy says:

    Nevíte někdo jak se dá projet 40 kolo dík

  5. houzé marie says:

    je n’arrive plus à rentrer dans le jeu depuis 5 jours

  6. gail harding says:

    can you help me ? each time i go to play bubble witch sags it keeps telling me its loading and i wait and wait NOTHING happends :(

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  8. susan auger says:

    Hi love the game but why when people send you energy it does not store them I had 20 request today but when I accepted it only gave me the 5 that was stored because I hadn’t played all. Would appreciate a reply on the please.
    thanks
    Susan

  9. Sandy says:

    Quite a few of my friends and I think the game so frustrating. You clear the levels, but when you get to Level 12 which a few are stuck on you clear all the bubbles successfully, but you can’t clear the level as you’ve not enough stars. If you haven’t earned them in previous levels then you can’t proceed – and we’re thinking of giving up on the game completely :(

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  11. Katka Vítová Žingorová says:

    nevíte někdo jak udělat 40 kolo díky za odpověď … jméno platí i pro fcb tak si mě tam najděte a napište pokud to někdo víte .. díky
    does anyone know how to make 40 round of thanks for the reply … name applies to FCB and find me there and write if you know someone .. thanks

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  16. Judy says:

    I am at level 37 and I got a score of 130,000 plus and i got 3 stars and it said I had to low of a score…this has happened several times A friend got a score of 123,000 plus and she went to the next level. I have the same problem as the response above; from Susan Auger. You can’t collect the lives that people send you…Please respond……Thank-You

  17. ruth says:

    i tried to send out help so i could level up . but its not working did your people for get to
    turn it back on . i cant send out for help because its not long enought to get to all my friends so i can ask. so please fix.

  18. Tony says:

    I have gotten thru 104 levels on Bubble witch saga won’t let me go any further? How do I go on. Also all my achievements didn’t post??

  19. Tony says:

    Gotten thru 105 levels. sorry.

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  21. leslie says:

    i love playing bubble witch saga and am up to level 41..but now when i want to play it,it wont load…why…please explain

  22. PJ says:

    Why do I never have over 5 lives?? Also…do you have to buy coins…what is that little crown in the upper right corner of the screen? I’ve been stuck on level 35 for 3 wks now!!

  23. Julie says:

    I have been stuck on level 35 for a week and so hasnt my husband. We are using turning in 1000 coins to get the golden spiders which brings up our score. But I am getting to the top and still not knocking them all down. I am about done with this game I can not seem to get past it at all. I have tried for hours it’s getting really sickening after awhile. Any suggestions ??

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  26. lesley wilce says:

    gail harding says:
    October 24, 2011 at 12:44 am

    can you help me ? each time i go to play bubble witch sags it keeps telling me its loading and i wait and wait NOTHING happends :(

    Hello Im getting the same the game wont load & when I refresh the page it takes my lifes away its so annoying any ideas why it wont load thanx

  27. Jill Mitchell says:

    I am on level 115. When I got through, it asked if I wanted to continue to some kingdom. I decided to quit for the time. But now it won’t let me continue to the next level. I did level 115 again to see if it would but it didn’t even ask me. How do I now continue?

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  29. Larry says:

    Salve, cortesemente vi chiedo – un piccolo aiuto. Sono arrivato al 115° livello nel gioco Bubble Witch Saga con tre stelle ad ogni postazione, ora nonostante anche nell’ultima postazione abbia guadagnato tre stelle, non riesci ad andare più avanti, eppure noto dalla piantina che ci sono ancora altri livelli. Cosa dovrei fare?
    Grazie anticipatamente.

  30. Diana says:

    am stuck on a level on FB = ave been for several days – very frustrating what needs to be done???

  31. Linda Clarke says:

    I kept getting the loading message. I downloaded Google chrome and imported my favourites from my usual browser. I go onto facebook and play the game from there it works try it. Anyone got any tips for Level 52 cannot get past it.

  32. Sandy Higham says:

    Im on level 44 but when I hit play & it goes to the game the bombs go off premature my hands arnt even on the computer. I will lose all my lifes everytime any suggestions??? I have sent emails to developer & all I get is the computer response e-mail saying the same thing. From what the computer e-mail says you only get a certain amount of lives (5) which is the limit, so sending the extra lives to a friend is kind of fruitless.

  33. lu says:

    where is level 146? have gone thru 145 several time but will not advance. do we have a level 146?

  34. Di Stubbs says:

    About a week ago you apologised for all of the disruptions to your Facebook Game and said you would write on your wall when the problem was fixed. I am not the only one who cannot load the game. This has only happened to me in the last week or so. Seems to coincide with your modifications on the 24th. I can play it on my daughter’s Vista. I have XP and do not wish to change this platform. Can you please post an update on your wall, re the situation with allowing everyone back online on Facebook? I seem to have fellow sufferers out there, according to your Facebook wall. A number of us are not interested in whether we can get new levels we’d just like to access the game. If it is going to be a while, fair enough, but would like an acknowledgement that this loading problem is occurring.

    Yours
    Di Stubbs

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  36. Tina says:

    i can only see three quarters of the playing screen ..i have downloaded all programs as suggested to update any shortfall i may have had ..but i still cant get full screen. If i log on to my sons pc i can get it all, so why cant i on mine ?? i now on level 38 that i cant access as it hidden … … what do i do …as i actually enjoy this game. And i agree with others about the useless point of sending lives that cant be accepted if you still have 5 in hand.

  37. Beth Best says:

    Cannot get my Bubble Witch to load – have re-loaded flash and Firefox – no luck.
    Any fix?

  38. Pam Lamke says:

    Today i can’t accept or send lives!I click on send, the blue box comes up and the little circle goes round and round. I went to my homepage and back to bubble witch and had lost the 7 lives sent to me and I can’t send any out! What is the problem?

  39. Debra says:

    I just passed level 55 and i needed to break the spell which i think i have done but when i went on it tells me at the bottom of the open page not loading click here to upgrade flash player when i do and i did it still will not load and i am very upset because i love playing bubble witch saga and if it is this much trouble i will not be playing it anymore i would like this to be fixed soon.
    thank you

  40. Debra says:

    i very upset another day i still can’t get on bubble witch saga i might help if someone will tell me how to fix it i talked to someone else and they do not have this problem why me

  41. karla says:

    I cant change bubbles in the cauldron.. i’ve tried a laptop and a desktop and neither one will work. the game creators dont answer back.. they just tell you to visit the help section which does nothing to help…

  42. Tina Huppert says:

    Bubble Witch Saga will not load and I have Flash Player 11 installed and my computer is only 4 months old. I have not been able to play Bubble Witch Saga for about 4 weeks and I really like to play it. Could you please help? Thank you. Tina

  43. lu says:

    where is level 156? have gone all the way through 155 numerous times, but can not get 156 to come up. when will you have it up and running

  44. lu says:

    where is level 156. have gone through 155 many times and it just says play again and same on game of 155 level. after awhile it gets boring want to move on. when are you going to put the 156 level into play?

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