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BUBBLE UNIVERSE, an EXPLOSIVE revolution in puzzle gaming!

10-27-2011, 05:54 PM
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BUBBLE UNIVERSE, an EXPLOSIVE revolution in puzzle gaming!


Hey there! Long time no see!

Today, we're proud to reveal our first major iOS release since Treasure Arm, the recipient of IMGA's prestigious Best Caual Game award. Rest assured, we didn't spend all that time just polishing our trophy Here's what we were up to:


In Bubble Universe, our unique spin - pun intended - on the match-3 genre, your goal is to gather matching sets of three or more bubbles in the rotating gravity field. An explosion of points results when the spinning laser hits a set of matching bubbles. If things get a bit too hot to handle, it’s time to call in the special bubbles or detonators to clear the way for more bubbles! And you know what they say... More bubbles equal more points!



We have plenty more in store for you, including light story elements, plenty of challenge and achievements, as well as the cutest mascot this side of a certain green candy-eater. Big words, you say? Well, just wait until you meet Explo tomorrow!

That's right. We're dividing our reveal - exclusive to Touch Arcade readers, mind you - into five parts:

1) INTRODUCTION
2) MEET EXPLO!
3) TRAILER UNIVERSE
4) UNDER THE HOOD
5) A TREAT FROM OUTER SPACE

Stay tuned! And if you have any questions, comments or just want to say hi, don't hesitate to speak up!


Last edited by TequilaMobile; 02-06-2012 at 07:14 PM.
10-27-2011, 05:55 PM
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Im buying the game if it looks this good. Hope to see some gameplay videos though.

10-27-2011, 09:12 PM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by flameon View Post
Im buying the game if it looks this good. Hope to see some gameplay videos though.
Thanks for your enthusiasm! We can assure you that it not only looks good, but plays even better. Please stick around for more pics and info. Gameplay trailer should arrive soon, so don't go anywhere.

Oh, and Flame On!

Last edited by TequilaMobile; 10-30-2011 at 08:04 AM.
10-27-2011, 09:30 PM
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Even from the pictures, this looks like a fun new take on match 3. Definitely looking forward to the gameplay trailer!
10-29-2011, 02:57 PM
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2) Meet Explo!


Hi, Earthling! Explo welcomes you to Galaxy Dee! Who is Explo? Me is Explo! To save Galaxy Dee, Explo must win The Cosmic Challenge. But to win, Explo needs be smart and needs be quick. Explo not very quick and not very smart, though. But you is, Earthling! Help Explo, and Explo will send you back home.

As you can see, Explo certainly has a way with words

Now that you've learned what you can do for Explo, you'd probably like to know what Explo can do for you. Well, the quirky robot is your companion thorough the entire Bubble Universe experience. He'll introduce you to the game, explain the basics, fetch you bubbles and, when you're in a really tight spot, maybe even give you a life-saving detonator (more on those in a future update).

Explo is a fully animated, 3D character with lots of personality. He cheers when you're winning, gets sad if you're losing and shows a whole range of other emotions. Trust us when we say that the crazy robot is the heart of Bubble Universe.

Quote:
Originally Posted by AnarKitty View Post
Even from the pictures, this looks like a fun new take on match 3. Definitely looking forward to the gameplay trailer!
Thanks! It should go live very soon, so keep your eyes peeled on this thread.


Last edited by TequilaMobile; 10-30-2011 at 01:07 PM.
10-30-2011, 07:11 AM
#6
Looks pretty cool. I've been looking for a new time-waster to shorten the bus rides.
10-30-2011, 01:19 PM
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3) Trailer Universe

The time has come! We're proud to present the one and only Official Trailer of Bubble Universe!


Youtube link | Pop Up

Enjoy and don't forget to let us know what you think!

Last edited by TequilaMobile; 10-31-2011 at 05:38 AM.
10-30-2011, 04:57 PM
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the frame rate isnt that slow is it?
10-30-2011, 06:37 PM
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Looks solid, and a lot of fun! It's always great to see developers put in a lot of effort towards a game's presentation values, and make sure the promise of innovative gameplay is matched with real polish and substance. Looking forward to getting my hands on this soon.
10-31-2011, 06:27 AM
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4) Under The Hood

Quote:
Originally Posted by flameon View Post
the frame rate isnt that slow is it?
Of course not! However, when given a choice between re-rendering the trailer and making you wait or showing what we have right now, we opted for the latter. What can we say, we're really excited to share our baby with the world ASAP.

Bubble Universe (an Universal app, by the way) takes full advantage of the hardware it runs on. We've tested it on pretty much every device there is and it runs like a dream on each of them!

Quote:
Originally Posted by AnarKitty View Post
Looks solid, and a lot of fun! It's always great to see developers put in a lot of effort towards a game's presentation values, and make sure the promise of innovative gameplay is matched with real polish and substance. Looking forward to getting my hands on this soon.
Thanks! It's posts like these that drive us to constantly better ourselves and create the coolest games on the market. We hope not to disappoint.

Anyway, it's time for another update. This time, we'll let you know more about gameplay itself. What's Bubble Universe all about?



Your task is to rotate the gravity field so that bubbles of the same color land next to each other.



When you gather three or more bubbles of the same color, they will be detonated by the laser. Keep in mind that the laser only rotates when the gravity field is stationary.



Once you get enough points you will progress to the next level. Each level is faster than the last. If you survive all five levels the action will slow down again, but a multiplier will be applied to your score.

As you make progress, several special bubbles will appear, such as:

Increases your score multiplier for a limited time.

Once triggered, explodes along with neighboring bubbles regardless of their color.

Makes the bubbles fall slower.

Limits the number of subsequent bubble colors to three.

Makes the laser move faster.

So, how does that sound?

Make sure to check back in a few hours as we'll have a TREAT FROM OUTER SPACE for you. Unless you'd prefer trick, that is

Thanks for reading!