Nintendo’s digital services have no shortages of puzzle games. In fact, there’s so many that it takes something special to make a new entry in the genre worthy of gaining attention. UFO Interactive’s Balloon Pop Remix has just recently puffed its way onto the 3DS eShop, bringing a new rendition of the classic bubble popping theme. Its colourful presentation and cheerful atmosphere are perfectly fitting on Nintendo’s handheld, making it one of the few puzzle games that can stand out from the masses and is definitely worth taking a look.
As a Bejewelled fan, the common “match 3” approach to the genre is a natural fit for me and one I’ve grown very fond of over the years. If you’re in the same boat, be prepared to retrain your brain. Instead of sliding one coloured balloon over to match 3 (or more) colours to burst them, here you can “pop” balloons of any colour, regardless if they’re matching sets or not. The spaces left in the wake of the popped balloons are then filled as the balloons in the lower line(s) rise – digital helium at its finest.