Product Type: Eidos Nintendo DS games
Newest Review: ... spirits through the mazes of different worlds in bubbles that you create. You must avoid popping the bubble, losing the bubble or havin... more
The best game of last year for the DS
Soul Bubbles (DS)
Member Name: Plushroom
Soul Bubbles (DS)
Advantages: Calming, quicky, beatufully rendered levels
Disadvantages: You won't want to put it down!
This game was given a gold award by the official Nintendo magazine last year, and it isn't hard to see why once you start playing.
Described as the "next best game in the world ever" by said magazine, Soul Bubbles is an action game that was designed for 12+ players on the DS system. You as the player are a herder - or psychopomp as the game says - who must guide spirits through the mazes of different worlds in bubbles that you create. You must avoid popping the bubble, losing the bubble or having it stolen from you by the various creatures that exist in the worlds you pass through. You control the bubbles by blowing them through the levels using your stylus, and though a little tricky to start with the training level takes care of that and teaches you the basic skills you need to herd souls from one end of the level to the other safely.
You realise this isn't a regular game not just by the description of gameplay above, but by the wonderfully cute comment made on the second page of the DS guide - it states "Please do not panic! It's all gonna be hunky dory...". The fact that this isn't just like the other games out is a great thing, it is innovative and oddly soothing to play, even when it's difficult the background music and watching the leaves sway in the wind on the levels is calming.
This game was also given a great review by GameCentral, a teletext based service that when teletext is switched off next year will sadly be no more. But they had the review on this game spot on, and without them I'd have missed out on a fantastic game that is worth buying whether you are young or old, an old hand at the DS or a newbie. Playing this game is a joy, never an annoyance - and that is what games should be about in the end - fun.
Summary: This should have gotten a lot more publicity than it did, it is brilliant.