Bubble Seasons

LQ: 8.4

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Brain grade: 8.4
Fun score: 8.4

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Game Type: ESRB Rating: N/A Platform/Console: , , LWK Recommended Age: 5+ Thinking Skills Used: ,

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Go on a bubble popping and dropping adventure as you work towards conquering the Evil Bubble Wizard and saving precious baby critters that desperately need you! Each level presents a new configuration of bubbles and trapped babies, and it’s up to you to free them by popping the surrounding bubbles. Only matches of three or more bubbles will burst – so be sure to fling those bubbles wisely! New levels are continually added, so there is no end to the fun! Bubble Seasons offer easy gameplay controls and does not contain any inappropriate content, which makes it suitable for players as young as five years old.

 


THIS GAME IS GOOD FOR KIDS WHO NEED HELP WITH:

Planning

Developing a systematic approach for setting and achieving goals.

mzl.vwedvklj.320x480-75Each level allots the player a specific number of bubbles in which to accomplish the task of freeing the trapped baby critters. These bubbles are presented one at a time, although the player can see what colored bubble is up next and can switch bubbles if she desires. This allows the player to strategically consider which bubble to fire next. Bubbles are only popped when three or more of the same color are touching. Given the limited number of bubbles, each time one is used, it must be used wisely if the player wishes to pop enough bubbles to free the critters.

Bubbles can also be dropped, which happens when they are attached to bubbles that were just popped through a color match. Intelligent use of Planning skills is displayed when she can identify a row of bubbles that if she were to pop, it would drop a large amount of miscellaneous bubbles. She could then chip away at bubbles in her way until she reached that special row. When she doesn't consider the best place to fire her bubbles and just flings them as she pleases, she will not only waste bubbles, but also create a blockage of bubbles since she probably isn't popping many through random fire. This makes beating the level even more challenging, as she has to work through the mess she created.

Focus

Getting started and then maintaining attention and effort to tasks.

photo 1-1In addition to the routine levels Bubble Seasons offers, the player can take a stab at the quests presented to her to earn extra coins and gems. These quests ask her to complete a level under certain restrictions sometimes, such as beating a level without switching bubbles, or avoiding popping any purple bubbles, as a few examples. Each time she plays a level, it costs her energy, which takes time to refill once it's emptied. So when working on a quest similar to those mentioned, she will need to use Focus skills to keep the restriction in mind so that she doesn't waste her attempt by accidentally doing what she wasn't supposed to do. Focus skills also aid her in dispersing her attention across the number of bubbles she has left, where the captive critters are placed, and what color of bubble is up next. Also, it can be quite the challenge to beat a particular level or quest, which means her persistence will be put to the test as she repeats some levels over and over again. By sticking to her goals and staying motivated to overcome tough challenges, she will experience achievement in the game and perhaps more importantly, she will feel the personal accomplishment of working through frustration and finding success on the other side.

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