With the immense popularity of the bubble-popping genre in mobile gaming, it’s become a surefire way for a franchise — particularly if it’s leaning toward the kiddie side — to expand its presence on mobile. And the world-famous Smurfs franchise is no exception, as it has just made its first foray into bubble-popping mobile gaming with the launch of Smurfs Bubble Story.
The first-ever bubble shooter game from the Smurfs franchise
Developed by the games division of Sony Pictures Television, Smurfs Bubble Story is something of a tie-in game for the Sony Pictures Animation film “Smurfs: The Lost Village.” But rather than being a village-building simulation game just like the App Store classic Smurfs’ Village, Smurfs Bubble Story is a bubble-popping game played across various magical locations in and around the titular little blue creatures’ literally small town.
As with most other bubble-popping mobile games, you play Smurfs Bubble Story by using your finger to aim bubbles at matching ones in order to pop them and clear them off the board. You can also switch bubbles on the launcher, bounce bubbles off the walls, and use boosters and power-ups to suit your strategy.
But since this is a Smurfs game, you get to play with Smurfs characters — which should please you a great deal if you’re a fan of the Smurfs franchise (no matter how awful the films may be).
In the game, you have to pop matching bubbles to complete missions, and as you complete missions, you can unlock new characters to add to your Smurfs collection, including Smurfette, Nosey, Hefty, Brainy, Clumsy, and more. What’s more, each Smurfs character has unique abilities that can help you progress through the game, including boss levels where you play against none other than the big bad boss of the Smurfs franchise, the evil wizard Gargamel.
Granted, Smurfs Bubble Story doesn’t offer much in the way of novel bubble-popping. But it does manage to offer a visually appealing and aurally pleasing blend of addictive gameplay and character collection featuring elements from an established media franchise.
Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, Smurfs Bubble Story is available now on the App Store as a free-to-play game, with in-app purchases for in-game currency.
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