German developer wooga, the company behind Facebook’s quiz-like game Brain Buddies, has released an open beta of their newest Facebook title Bubble Island.
The game is incredibly reminiscent (in fact, the word “clone” wouldn’t be a stretch) of other bubble, orb, gem, etc. popping games available today on most every platform. The game follows the standard archetype: an assortment of colored bubbles are placed at the top of the gameplay area, and you are tasked with removing them from the screen with a cannon of sorts, shooting orbs into other, like-colored bubbles to make groups of three or more, thus removing them from the screen.
Shooting a bubble into the wall (and in this case, the ceiling) will cause it to ricochet, allowing for more skilled shots, and if you can somehow manage to eliminate a group of three orbs that are hanging above a mass below, both the newly created group of three and everything below it will be eliminated.
Where the game differs from others in the genre is in its inclusion of social features, beyond just the standard leaderboards and “invite-a-friend” features. These elements include unlockable achievements, and a life system that causes you to lose lives should you fail to complete a level, and earn them back as you or your friends play, giving individuals an incentive to ask their friends to get in on the fun.
Bubble Island is still in beta, meaning that you shouldn’t expect perfection going in, but if you’d like to give the game a shot, head over to its Facebook page and get started.