King Entertainment may have started out making games for Web browsers, but today it’s all about mobile games. Its most popular title, Candy Crush Saga, has made a huge splash on mobile, earning the company $1.5 billion last year. King’s next game is Bubble Witch Saga 2, and the company hopes it has another blockbuster hit on its hands. I got to meet the developers and get an early look at the game, so here are five things you need to know about Bubble Witch Saga 2.
It’s a Bubble Shooter Game
What’s a bubble shooter game? If you’ve played classics like Snood, then you have an idea of what to expect. Clusters of colorful bubbles cling to the top of the screen. You control a gun that sits at the bottom of the screen and can shoot bubbles at the clusters. Shoot a bubble into a cluster of two or more like-colored bubbles, and those bubbles pop, releasing any other bubbles that had been clinging to them. Clear enough of the board, and you can move on to the next level.
It’s a Sequel
If the number in the title didn’t give it away, Bubble Witch Saga 2 is a sequel to — you guessed it – Bubble Witch Saga, a game that’s available on the web, Facebook, and mobile. The thing about the original game is that it was made before mobile gaming took over the world. It was designed to be played on a computer, so the mobile ports aren’t the ideal way to play it.
The sequel was made for mobile first, so it feels right at home on a phone. It can be played in portrait orientation with one hand, which is great if you’re on the go. It’s also far more colorful and stars a much more visually appealing cartoon witch. Beyond that, the game has a lot more going on in it, so it’s likely to keep you interested for longer periods of time.