Available on various platforms
Shallow difficulty curve
Actually I like Tetris clones - I really do - but nevertheless I wasn't quite as enthusiastic about this game as I thought I would be. Frozen Bubble is basically a remake of Puzzle Bobble for Linux, so there isn't all that much to be said about gameplay: try to clear the screen by making rows of three or more bubbles of the same colour. Simple but addictive. You can easily waste an hour or more playing this game.
The graphics aren't exactly stunning, but it doesn't hurt your eyes to look at them either. I'd recommend keeping the graphics options at the best possible setting because with the lower setting for slower computers you don't get the arrow as an aiming device. Instead you get a tiny red pixel, which isn't a very good substitute. My only objection to the graphics themselves is that I often confused the red and orange bubbles. This may just be my bad eyesight, but I suspect it's because they look too much alike. The slow falling motion of the frozen bubbles, on the other hand, is very nicely done (and another reason to use the higher graphics setting).
Frozen Bubble is free software, which is in fact distinct from freeware; free software is designed with the intention of respecting and supporting your freedom - you are free to download it, redistribute it and even study the sourcecode and improve it, so long as you don't infringe upon the freedom of others.
Review by: A. J. Raffles
Safe for all ages
Ports for Windows 9x and above, Mac OS X 10.3.x and above, Yopy PDA
The binary Linux version requires:
perl-SDL >= 1.19
Note: incompatible with perl-SDL version 2.x