Unbeknownst to humans, the insides of thunderclouds harbor entire ecosystems. Small beings called bobbles live off the electricity and leap around as if the clouds were composed of a series of platforms. Sometimes, an invasive species, known as meanies, takes over and sets up house, forcing the native bobbles to find another thundercloud. But one day, one bobble decided that it wasn’t going to be thrown out. This is its story.
In Electro Bobble, you control a lone bobble waging a one-bobble war against the electro meanies that have invaded its thundercloud home. The game is essentially a premium blend of two types of game: vertical-scrolling jumper and bullet-hell shooter. The pairing works so well that I wonder why I haven’t seen it done many times before. But the great gameplay of Electro Bobble is a credit to the hard work of developer Diado Gaming (creators of Hexxor), who deliver an impressively smooth and polished action experience.
The graphics are vibrant and crisp, and the gameplay is fast and fun. It’s also challenging: I found that progressing vertically while shooting requires much more coordination than using the keyboard and mouse simultaneously in a sidescroller. You use WASD to run and jump, and the mouse to aim and fire (alternatively, you can use an Xbox controller). The screen is constantly scrolling downwards, and you have to keep jumping from platform to platform to avoid falling out of the cloud and losing a life. You can also lose a life if your health bar is depleted to nothing by enemy shots or by collisions with said enemies. You can pick up weapon upgrades and powerups to aid you in your struggle, such as my favorite, the jetpack.
Electro Bobble offers superior replayability, with its procedurally generated levels, 9 different meanies to fight, 6 boss meanies to conquer, and 3 different bobbles to control. You can download a demo of the game here: http://www.diadogaming.com/go/electro-bobble-demo-installer/
Once you’ve seen how awesome it is for yourself, you can buy it for just €3.99 on Fireflower Games: http://fireflowergames.com/shop/electro-bobble/
Electro Bobble homepage: http://www.diadogaming.com/games/electro-bobble/
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Paul Hack, or Phack, (@indiegamehunt) writes and edits articles here on IndependentGaming and is on the staff at GameJolt. He posts stuff at indiegamehunt.tumblr.com and contributes to indiegames.com. But most of his time is dedicated to raising his precocious toddler.