Starbie offers a large collection of free Bubble Shooter games. All of these games are browser games, and can be played directly by visiting the site and tapping on a game, without having to download anything. Anyone can start playing right away. For anyone who’s not sure where to start, we’ve provided some more information below, including how to play these games, the history of bubble games, and a Top 5 best Bubble Shooters selected by our players.
What are Bubble Shooter games?
Bubble Shooters or Bubble games are a variation on tile-matching games, where the square tiles are replaced with sticky bubbles. There games are visually appealing due to the brightly colored bubbles, which sometimes also contain pattern or funny little creatures. Bubble Shooter games first became popular in the mid-1990s with the release of Taito’s arcade game Puzzle Bobble (also known as Bubble Buster or Bust-a-Move). The game became very popular and other game developers soon started to create their own versions, such as Snood (Dave Dobson, 1996), Bubble Shooter (Absolutist, 2002), and Frozen Bubble (2002).
Bubble Shooter rules
The rules of Bubble Shooter games are simple and intuitive, but may vary a little bit for each individual game. Below, we’ve provided some explanation about the general rules, set up, and objective of the most popular variation of the game, followed by some information about a handful of specific rule variations players will come across in our games catalogue.
The rectangular field is filled with random bubbles. At the bottom of the screen is a bubble cannon, which the player can use to aim and shoot. Random bubbles will be loading into the bubble cannon. The players cannot select which bubbles are put in the cannon, but they can see which bubble is already inside the cannon and which one will be loaded next. Sometimes there will be a swap symbol next to the cannon, allowing the player to swap these two bubbles around.
Goal of the Game
The goal is to pop the bubbles before they reach the bottom of the screen, and get so close to the cannon that the player can no longer aim and shoot effectively.
How to play
The player can pop the bubbles by grouping together clusters of three or more of the same color. If the player misses, one bubble will vanish from the bubble-count at the bottom of the screen. Once the count hits zero, a new row of bubbles will appear at the top of the screen, pushing all the existing bubbles further down. Bubbles that become detached from the other bubbles because the player has popped all the bubbles that surround them, will also vanish.
Different Types of Bubble Shooter games
There are a number of variations this type of bubble shooter game. For example, Bubble Spinner, 99 Balls, and Bubble Struggle. In Bubble Spinner games, the bubbles are attached to a spinning core in the middle of the field. New bubbles will form all around the central cluster if the player misses too many shots. 99 Balls is a series of games in which the player can fire little round bullets at a sequence of numbered bubbles. The number on each bubble represents the number of times the player must hit that bubble to pop it. The player starts with just one bullet, but can collect many more in the course of the game. Bubble Struggle, also known as Bubble Trouble, is a popular bubble shooter game designed by Kresimir Cvitanovic. The player must help the hero – a little devil dressed in a trenchcoat - run under the bouncing bubbles and pop them by shooting up and splitting them into smaller bubbles until they pop.
Top 5 Bubble Shooter games
There are lots of games to choose from, so to help new players on their way we’ve compiled a list of the Top 5 Bubble Shooter games that have received the highest rating from our guests.