King.com’s Bubble Saga landed on the top 20 lists for games growing by monthly active users and daily active users only in the last two weeks with 2.6 million MAU and 607,000 DAU to date. No small feat, considering that the game’s only been in open beta for about three weeks.
In Bubble Saga, players take the “role” of a princess out to save her prince by traveling across a galaxy of planets by completing a Snood-style match game. Players control a cannon that fires colored bubbles at a cluster of multi-colored bubbles, trying to match at least three of the same color to clear them from the cluster. Players have a set number of projectile bubbles per level and can only cycle between the color bubble in the cannon and the next projectile bubble queued for the cannon. Each planet is divided into multiple levels, each of which being a different geometric arrangement of bubbles.
The main gameplay challenge comes from a physics perspective where the cluster rotates when shot at, presenting the player with different targets of bubble. The player needs to use strategy to shift the cluster in ways that will present their limited projectiles the maximum range of targets. Each level has a set minimum score requirement that the user must clear to pass the level and two additional score requirements for the maximum 3-star rating on the level. Players that fail the level either by missing the minimum score mark, running out of bubbles, or causing a bubble attached to the cluster to hit the wall around the puzzle lose a life. Lives can be regenerated over time, gifted by friends, or bought.
The energy behind the celebration of Osama bin Laden's capture and death is captivating Facebook games, one way or another. In response to the news, one anonymous Mafia Wars player has created a mock-up News Feed post, celebrating the Al-Qaeda leader's death through the lens of, well, Mafia Wars. "America just brought their body count to 911 by icing Osama bin Laden. America is sharing the muscle power to help you fight rivals and dispatch your enemies," reads the fake News Feed post. While it would tough to argue that celebrations aren't in order, we doubt Zynga would be happy with being associated with bin Laden's death nor would some folks be enthused about how others are rejoicing. It's doubtful that this is the last we'll see of the celebrations though Facebook games.
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