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Bonsai Blast Android Review

icon Do you have an Android based phone?  Do you like Zuma?  Do you not want to pay anything for a game? Bonsai Blast on the Android mobile platform is a major rip-off of Zuma and the many games like it, but that is not necessarily a bad thing.  Unlike a lot of the casual games out there that have a tendency to just barebones it all, this one actually is very well made and the fact that it is free (there are ads that run on menu and load screens) is just the icing on the cake.  I guess you could just stop reading now knowing it’s free and good. Experience the Zen of gaming nirvana with this addictive puzzle game. Shoot marbles to match 3 or more and create combos to cause a chain reaction. Advanced features include using walls to ricochet marbles, chutes to guide marbles down winding paths, and swapping shooter locations with a single touch. Bonsai Blast combines simple game play, intuitive touch screen controls, and a beautiful “Zen garden” theme to deliver 90 levels of pure marble blasting bliss. This is one game you won’t be able to put down!

User Review:

By Todd


How many times do I have to complete Evening 24 before I get a Congratulations or at least a "Yeah, you’re done?!"

By Razz


Awesome for sure on hero.. kinda touchy on shooting .. but really fun .. beat the game and wish for more levels

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Pros & Cons

Pros:

  • Free
  • Simple, addictive gameplay

Areas for improvement:

  • More variety in level design
  • Multiplayer
  • A bit of a battery hog, like most games are

The first of these enhancements to grab your attention is the look of the game – it really is quite gorgeous in places. Bonsai Blast doesn’t throw around complex 3D or spectacular lighting effects, but it does make use of the G1‘s large, sharp screen in a beautifully restrained manner. The map-like level select screen is a fine example, rendered as if it were painted on parchment by some ancient Japanese calligrapher.

Fun Factor:

Bonsai Blast is one of the few fun games on the Android App Market. It engages you in the mystical Zen garden worlds as you try the stop the marbles from reaching the end.

Video below will demonstrate game in greater detail:

Features:

Bonsai Blast features 2 modes: Adventure and Survival. Adventure takes you through over 90 levels of Bonsai Blasting. At higher levels, you can bounce marbles of walls to score connection combos. Survival is a barrage of infinite marbles stacking up, try to see how long you can last! Bonsai Blast has all sorts of hidden features as well such as; in-game hints, shooting treasure chests reveals extra points, and there’s even strategies to gain extra points with the combos.

The other obvious feature is the touchscreen implementation. Rather than using a directional pad or joystick to aim your marbles you simply touch in the appropriate direction. Now this can take some getting used to, as the nature of the game dictates a level of accuracy that my hardened gamers-thumb struggled to match at first. It is workable, though, and you will find yourself adapting before too long. It also helps that you’re not directly punished for ‘missing’ a shot.

The Android platform’s accelerometer feature is not forgotten either, which will either be good or bad news to you, depending on whether you enjoy twitching like a loon and scaring your fellow public transport users on the daily commute. Here it’s used on some of Bonsai Blast’s varied power-ups, such as a cloud of play-freezing Darkness that needs shaking away. A well implemented vibration informs you when you’ve achieved the task, sparing you from unnecessary flapping.

There are a few technical issues, with our G1 unit struggling a little during some of the more intensive passages of play, such as when the screen was full of marbles or – in particular – when we fired off a stream of fire marbles to whittle down the line. In the case of the latter, the action slowed to a crawl as our handset strained to cope with the pyrotechnics. We would expect the relatively modest demands of Bonsai Blast to be well within the capabilities of the well-specced G1, which might suggest a slightly rushed release on Glu’s part.

Addictive:bonsai-blast-play-1

This Android game is definitely addictive especially when playing the Survival mode, as the marbles are non-stop and your goal is to prevent them from reaching the end.

Graphics:

The graphics are basically what you would expect from a game like this.  It is nice and colorful with a good amount of detail, but nothing that will wow anyone.  They are all you need for a game like this so I won’t fault it for it (and it’s far from ugly).  The sounds and music are the same story as well.  We aren’t playing for these, but they are nothing to scoff at. Glu Mobile has made sure the graphics in Bonsai Blast and other Android games are superb. The colors are bold and bright, effects are cool and the worlds they create are vibrant yet Zen like.

Control, Accelerometer, Vibration & Sound:

Bonsai Blast doesn’t use the built in accelerometer but control, vibration and sound qualities are superior. You simply tapp the screen where you want the marble to shoot and it fires; really accurate and responsive.

 

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Angry Birds Rio for Android to Launch as Amazon Exclusive

Angry Birds

Rovio, the developer behind the wildly successful Angry Birds franchise, announced on Monday that its forthcoming Android title Angry Birds Rio for Android will launch exclusively in the Amazon Appstore. Amazon announced in January that its app store, which will rival Google’s own Android Market on the Android platform, was open for developer submissions. The exclusive deal with Rovio marks Amazon’s first major coup in the space, as the title is expected to be a wildly popular game for Android. “The Android platform has seen phenomenal growth, and it’s great that new avenues for app distribution are opening up,” said Rovio CEO Mikael Hed in a statement. “The openness of the Android platform works for the benefit of consumers and developers alike. It has been delightful to team up with Amazon to bring the Angry Birds franchise to this great new application marketplace.” Rovio also announced that ad-free versions of Angry Birds and Angry Birds Seasons will be available for the first time on the Android platform exclusively through the Amazon Appstore. Hit the break for the full press release.

Angry Birds Rio for Android to Debut Exclusively in the Amazon Appstore

AUSTIN, Texas/ESPOO, Finland – March 14, 2011 – Rovio today announced that the highly anticipated game Angry Birds Rio will be introduced for the Android platform exclusively in the Amazon Appstore. Developed in conjunction with Twentieth Century Fox, Angry Birds Rio features the animated stars of the studio’s upcoming motion picture, RIO. Additionally, for the first time ever on the Android platform, fans of Angry Birds games will have the opportunity to purchase and download ad-free versions of Angry Birds and Angry Birds Seasons. Both will debut only in the Amazon Appstore.

“The Android platform has seen phenomenal growth, and it’s great that new avenues for app distribution are opening up,” said Mikael Hed, CEO of Rovio. “The openness of the Android platform works for the benefit of consumers and developers alike. It has been delightful to team up with Amazon to bring the Angry Birds franchise to this great new application marketplace.”

“Amazon is thrilled to work with a leading developer like Rovio in offering our customers Angry Birds Rio for Android exclusively in the Amazon Appstore,” said Aaron Rubenson, category leader for Amazon Appstore. “We think Angry Birds Rio is sure to be an instant customer favorite.”

“Angry Birds Rio is a fun and interactive way to introduce millions of fans to the exciting world of ‘RIO,’ and we are proud to work with both Rovio and Amazon to make this experience available to users on the Android platform,” said Peter Levinsohn, president of new media and digital distribution for Twentieth Century Fox. “The Amazon Appstore will be a great new way for consumers to download all their favorite Android apps, and we’re excited to offer Angry Birds Rio as one of the first pieces of content to be made available to consumers through this new store.”

In Angry Birds Rio, the original Angry Birds are kidnapped and taken to the magical city of Rio, where they eventually escape their captors and set out to save their friends, Blu and Jewel – two rare macaws and the stars of the upcoming Fox motion picture, RIO. From the creators of Fox’s blockbuster ICE AGE motion picture franchise, RIO debuts in theaters worldwide on April 15, 2011. Angry Birds Rio will launch with 60 dedicated levels, with more content to follow via app updates.

Angry Birds Rio will be available for download on Android phones and tablets at amazon.com/angrybirds.

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