Peak Games joins the bubble-popping brigade with Lost Bubble

Lost Bubble is a new English-language release from Middle Eastern developer Peak Games. As the title suggests, the game takes the form of a fairly conventional bubble shooter but has seen some strong growth recently, showing up at No. 2 on our fastest growing Facebook games by MAU list this week.

Lost Bubble’s gameplay is fairly standard for the genre. Using a bubble-firing magic wand at the base of the screen, players fire bubbles towards a predefined arrangement at the top in an attempt to cause a “Pandora’s Box” special item to fall. Connecting three or more bubbles of the same color causes them to pop and disappear, and if this causes an arrangement of bubbles to no longer be connected to the top of the screen, they fall to the bottom and turn into collectible coins and point-scoring stars. Players have a limited number of bubbles with which to complete each level, and they also fail if they hit Pandora’s Box with a bubble — something which the game doesn’t make clear until after it has happened for the first time.

Players may purchase “Magic Orbs” using coins collected during play. These unlock as the player progresses through the game’s levels, beginning with an option that is included as a standard feature in most other bubble shooters: the facility to swap the current bubble with the upcoming one. This is an almost-essential purchase, though it is possible to buy it mid-level rather than always having to purchase it in advance. Since it is a standard feature of most other bubble shooters, however, it does have the effect of having an almost-continuous drain on players’ soft currency supplies as they progress. It would have been more player-friendly to have the option to purchase a permanent unlock of the ability — many of the other Magic Orbs provide permanent bonuses that do not have to be re-purchased, though these mostly require Facebook Credits rather than soft currency.

The game is well-presented, with attractive graphics and unobtrusive, inoffensive sound. The design of the main character, who is always depicted proffering her backside to the player, is a little unnecessary, however — particularly since she is quite literally just there to look pretty rather than to provide any narrative function.

This aside, Lost Bubble is a solid, if rather unremarkable, example of a bubble shooter. It plays well, runs smoothly and has the potential to monetize well, particularly given the number of users it has been picking up recently. The current (and enduring) popularity of the genre, as evidenced by the sheer number of rival titles around at the moment, will help ensure it enjoys a good degree of success in the social gaming community, at least in the short term. Whether or not it has the potential to outpace (or even catch up with) the unstoppable bubble-firing juggernaut that is King.com’s Bubble Witch Saga remains to be seen, however — though it’s certainly off to a good start.

Lost Bubble currently has 1,100,000 monthly active users and 510,000 daily active users. Follow its progress with AppData, our traffic tracking service for social games and developers.

Play

Questionable character design aside, this is a perfectly competent (if relatively unremarkable) bubble shooter.

Sponsored Post

Hands-On Social Media Training for Beginners


Social Media 101
In our Social Media 101 boot camp, you’ll determine the social media sites that matter most to you, based on personal and professional goals. Starting May 13, you will learn the best practices for using Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, Pinterest, Instagram and Tumblr, along with complete personal profiles on each site. Register today!

Leave a Reply

3 Responses to “Peak Games joins the bubble-popping brigade with Lost Bubble”

  1. This week’s headlines from across Inside Network says:

    [...] Peak Games joins the bubble-popping brigade with Lost Bubble [...]

  2. iOS, Android and Windows Phone Free Apps News and Reviews | What's free in iOS « What's free in iOS says:

    [...] Peak Games joins the bubble-popping brigade with Lost Bubble(insidesocialgames.com) [...]

  3. CityVille 2′s sees population boom among fastest-growing Facebook games by MAU says:

    [...] Lost Bubble [...]

interested in advertising with inside social games?

Social Media Jobs
of the Day

Social Media Manager

GLOW
New York, NY

Social Media Editor

The Wall Street Journal
New York, NY

Social Media Manager

Sustain Condoms
New York, NY

Social Media Manager

Wetpaint Entertainment
Seattle or New York,

Website Business Development Manager

Springer Publishing Company
New York, NY

Featured Company

Join leading companies like this one and recruit from the nation's top media job seekers on the Mediabistro Job Board. Every job post comes with our satisfaction guarantee. Learn More
 

Our Sponsors

Also from Inside Network:   AppData - Facebook & iOS Application Stats   PageData - Engagement Data on Facebook Pages   Facebook Marketing Bible   Inside Network Research
 
home | site map | advertising/sponsorships | about | careers | contact us | help courses | browse jobs | freelancers | events | forums | content | member benefits | reprints & permissions terms of use | privacy policy Copyright © 2014 Mediabistro Inc. call (212) 389-2000 or email us