Hubble Bubbles Review
Gameplay - 6.1
Lifespan - 2.5
Freeness - 8
Hubble Bubbles isn’t engaging enough to make you want to spend a lot of time on it, but if you’re willing to practice your timing, you might enjoy the randomness of bouncing spheres off of other, more gelatinous spheres.
Hubble Bubbles is a game that has you bouncing across bubbles, trying to get as far as you can in a physics-based endless runner that suffers from a few unfortunate design choices.
You are a ball that starts out by moving rapidly to the right in a bouncing pattern. As you pass over inexplicable blue and green bubbles, the bubbles light up and you have the option to tap the screen to make the bubbles jump up, theoretically propelling you further to the right if you get hit on just the right spot.
The game is undoubtedly hard, although that’s not just because it’s a challenging concept: the game’s design makes it hard to judge which bubble you’ll send flying as they seem to only light up when you get near them. Unfortunately, your speed is constantly changing due to the nature of the physics, making it nearly impossible to guess which bubble will light up at what moment.
After numerous attempts to make some progress only to be accidentally bounced backwards by a badly-timed bubble’s jump, the lack of depth in this game becomes pretty clear. Despite the added ability to slow down time for a few seconds, nothing seems to change as you get better. In the end, it’s pretty unsatisfying, even with the ability to share your score on Facebook.
The game offers you the option of purchasing the Premium game, removing the ads, streamlining the restart button, and adding “secret levels”, according to the description. The ads, overall, are fairly unobtrusive, only appearing after you restart a couple times and even then only popping up a banner that’s easily closed so it’s hard to say that it would be worth paying for.
Hubble Bubbles isn’t engaging enough to make you want to spend time on it and get a high score, but if you’re willing to really practice your timing, you might enjoy the randomness of bouncing spheres off of other, more gelatinous spheres. It is fun in short bursts, but without some serious patience, it’s easy to get frustrated and simply put it away.
Hubble Bubbles is available on iOS and Android.