As the title would suggest, this is a sequel to a game called
Gubble. If you played the original Gubble, you would
recognize Gubble D. Gleep, a cute loveable purple alien, but
this time around, he isn't in a green pod, but he can jump,
duck, run, and even fly. The storyline goes like this, well
actually there is no storyline. Even the help file did not have an
introduction to the story. All there is to explaining a story is the
readme, which says, "While sleeping, you were swept away to
a strange alien world controlled by robots. Your mission is to
take apart 150 beautiful 3D structures by finding tools and using
them to remove all of the hardware." So basically you go
around levels, trying to jump on the designated buttons and
unscrewing all the screws using the tools given to you, none
bearing any significance.
The view in Gubble 2 is isometric and it is also very well done.
Rarely are you put in a view such that you cannot see the
character. It isn't as straight forward as a top down view, but
surely looks a lot better. The platform you play on is like a
checkered box, if you jump, you jump over 1 box and land on
the next. The checkered platform gives limited freedom in
movement. The movement in the game is very standardized.
The graphics adds a numerous amount of touches. The flowing
waters, moving machines, etc. The animation is also very
smooth, getting eaten by a plant and seeing it spit you out is as
smooth as any animation can get. The explosions look great as
well. The only thing lacking in the graphics department is
probably the variety of graphics, due to the limiting of the
movements. The sound effects adds the "cuteness" touch to
Gubble D. Gleep. His gibberish in a cute voice has enough
variety to keep it from being annoying (ie. Croc) and the sound
effects overall depicts a good cartoonish world.
The puzzles are mildly hard, probably geared to people ages
12-16. The "action" part of the game is simply jumping around
avoiding bombs. Solving the puzzle requires you to jump over
mines, pushing tools to block your enemies' path, using a
shield to block the bombs, and even getting eaten by the right
plant so it will throw you in the next land. There is lots of
different things to do in this game to end up solving the puzzle.
The puzzles, however, are aimed at younger people, therefore
many times, can be on the easy side.
All in perspective, Gubble 2 does enough to entertain fans of
this genre, but it doesn't do anything different to make it a
great, and stand out game, like Heart Of Darkness (which
earned an 84%).
Graphics: 15 / 20
Crisp, cute looking graphics gives this title a good cartoonish
atmosphere. Animations are also very smooth although both
are lacking in variety.
Sound: 13 / 15
The sound effects are very well done. The "humorous"
gibberish is non stop and the variety makes it cute sounding
rather than annoying. The music is a decent score, sounding
mostly like the background would describe. In a jungle world,
the music will play the usual africanish music. Not too original
but not too bad.
Gameplay: 23 / 30
Well, it's nothing new. A typical puzzle platform where you
run, jump, and duck to avoid obstacles to reach buttons to be
clicked, or screws to be unwind. This game concentrates to the
puzzle aspect a lot more than the action aspect. There also
seems to be a grid for your predefined jumps and walks. The
lack of storyline however brings down the grasp the game
would have, seems like you're solving these puzzles with no
reason but to open a gate to solve the next.
Fun Factor: 10 / 20
For all the puzzle loving people out there, there's much to do
here. Over 100 levels should keep people enticed with this
game busy, however, the puzzles geared towards young
people may be too easy for some.
Multiplayer Play: 0 / 5
Nada. I don't think there is a multiplayer platform game
Overall Impression: 7 / 10
It's a cute platform puzzle games with some good puzzles to
keep fans of this genre entertained, although a storyline might
give more purpose to solving those 100+ levels.