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What's it about?
In BUBBLE WITCH 3 SAGA, the Queen has been kidnapped and it's up to the good witch Stella to rescue her ... by popping bubbles that have owls and fairies in them. Because this is a puzzle game, the story is rather thin and inconsequential. But it also doesn't matter much since the gameplay isn't really motivated by the narrative -- well, except for when you get into a bubble battle with the cat that kidnapped the Queen.
Is it any good?
Like playing pool with a ton of balls, this physics-based puzzle game uses simple mechanics to make something compelling and fun. Using simple touch controls, Bubble Witch 3 Saga has you trying to pop all the bubbles on the screen before you run out of shots. By aiming and then launching one of your colored bubbles, you try to hit one of the same color that's next to another that's also of that color; -- i.e., three in a row. Do this, and all the same colored bubbles will pop. Do it multiple times, and you'll reach your ultimate goal of clearing all the bubbles -- or at least all the bubbles holding owls. But while this may sound simple, it doesn't stay that way. Besides having a limited number of shots -- well, once you get past the first dozen levels or so -- you also have no control over the color of your shooting bubble, though you often have a choice between two colors. On the flip side, there are special bubbles that can help you, as well as uncolored bubbles that can become colorized. But while this is fun, the controls can sometimes be a little slow to respond, and you can accidentally misfire. Still, if you enjoyed the previous Bubble Witch games and need a break from matching candies or gems of the same color, Bubble Witch 3 Saga will keep you engaged until the next semester at Hogwarts.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about managing your money. Do you really need to spend real money to keep playing, or can you just wait until tomorrow?
Talk about planning ahead and thinking things through. What does this game teach us about thinking about what to do next before doing it?
Discuss owls. Why do you think it might be important to save owls in real life? Would you like to visit an owl sanctuary?
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Price: free with microtransactions
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: January 24, 2017
- Category: Puzzle Games
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Fairy Tales
- Size: 144.00 MB
- Publisher: King
- Version: 2.0.8
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 7.0 or later; Android 2.3 and up
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