Bubble Witch 2 Saga
Jump into the magical world of good witch Stella and her two cat familiars as they fight to defend the world from the evil witch Morgana! These battles will be fought by popping colored bubbles to fill Stella’s cauldrons, free friendly ghosts, and much more. The makers of Candy Crush and Farm Heroes Saga are back–and they’re breathing new life into one of their most overlooked franchises.
Bubble Witch 2 Saga is among the easiest games to pick up in history, second only to Flappy Bird. Players have a cache of colored bubbled to shoot at other colored bubbles; when one bubble connects with two or more others of the same color, they pop and give out points. Over the course of the game, new types of special bubbles and blockers are introduced, but the learning curve is anything but steep. Plenty of time is given to learn the strengths of special bubbles and the weaknesses of blockers so that players can naturally learn to think strategically. There are periodic tutorials, but they’re brief and don’t take much away from the learning experience–especially since they don’t give the player all the details.
King Games is anything but original. Their stable of games is based entirely on the simplicity of “match 3” games, a genre that has been so thoroughly explored that virtually no new experiences are possible. Bubble Witch 2 Saga is only original in comparison to its predecessor. Its major improvement over the original Bubble Witch is the variety of level types that exist–three–all of which have been featured by themselves in games from other developers over the last two decades.
Bubble Witch 2 Saga starts off incredibly easy, but levels start getting difficult around 24. The usual King strategy of putting a stumper next to a few easy levels is back in play here, and the addiction psychology that strategy is based on still works. There’s enough tough content here to stump dedicated puzzle fans, but not so thoroughly that casual players won’t find some enjoyment here as well.