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Pop Review

Apparently it "goes the weasel". Whatever that means...

One of the main selling points of WiiWare is that it allows developers to release unique-looking games that wouldn't necessarily stand out among the other big-budget titles you'd see in game shops. Pop is the perfect example of this: one look at the screens should make it pretty obvious that even if it was on sale for £14.99 not a lot of people would be tempted by something that looks so basic. Thankfully Pop has found its home on WiiWare and for only 700 points (around £5.25), it's a pretty good deal that should tempt lots of gamers into giving it a go.

Simply put, Pop is about popping bubbles of various colours as they scroll across the screen while making sure to stop the time limit from running out. Smaller bubbles are worth more points than larger ones because they're harder to hit, but larger bubbles are worth a larger time bonus, so the key to success is choosing whether to risk going for a higher score or play it safe by hitting bigger bubbles and building your time up.

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The Chain Game

As well as this, you can also build up combo chains by popping bubbles of a single colour in a row. The longer you can do this without popping a different-coloured bubble, the more your points multiply and the more time you'll receive. There are also a couple of power-up bubbles that cause large explosions, slow things down and take seconds off your time.

It may seem that Pop's simplicity is a bad thing, but that couldn't be further from the truth. What it lacks in detail, it more than makes up for in addictive gameplay and, before you know it, what was meant to be a quick five-minute game turns into an hour-long marathon.

It seems natural that a game that focuses mainly on high scores should have some sort of online leaderboard, and thankfully Pop doesn't disappoint. Any time you beat your best score it's uploaded to a huge online ranking table, and you can also contact your mates via WiiConnect24 to let them know too.

Pop is one of those titles that wouldn't work on anything other than WiiWare. Most reviews for games like this in the past would have read something like "it's fun and enjoyable, but still not worth the price." At just over a fiver, we reckon Pop is a great little game that's well worth buying.


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  1. Anonymous Friday 4th Jul 2008 at 13:46

    pop is awsum who says puzzels hav to be over complecated and showy, think of any puzzel game, the first one that comes to mind, and shout out its name i'm betting by this point quite a few of you shouted out tetris, if tetris is anything to go by (which it obvisosly is) simple is good, simple is hard and simple is addictive. i love puzzels

  2. sahoskins1 Friday 4th Jul 2008 at 21:40

    is this game worth me deleting around 100 blocks of virtual console games? (im thinking it may have to be metroid, kid icarus and ninja gaiden that have to go and possibly another NES game if i still need the room)

  3. Muir Saturday 5th Jul 2008 at 10:42

    Yes finally Pop is out! And I cant get it cuz I dont have any Wii points lol. My boyfriend got it tho and he told me its really good and addictive. I'll be getting it soon as i can.

  4. alec76 Saturday 5th Jul 2008 at 21:48

    So is pop released then cos I haven't seen it on the wii ware yet.
    Am in the uk

  5. Anonymous Sunday 6th Jul 2008 at 22:44

    Wow looks good! I hope to get this one :D

  6. Acidyl Tuesday 8th Jul 2008 at 18:12

    I got this last night, only played about 4 sets of waves yet, but its alot more fun than I had expected.

  7. Mr.GameandWatch Wednesday 9th Jul 2008 at 15:53

    I'd say this is ace and complain about the score but we don't have a Settling Scores:WiiWare/ :x

  8. Super_Sonic96 Friday 17th Oct 2008 at 20:26

    sahoskins1: Don't delete any of you VC games!!!! Especially metroid!!! Just get a storage card instead, it's much more worthwhile.

    And Pop is way more addictive than i thought! I haven't actully played it that much but so far my record is 12 stages. Still got a long way to beat Inferno.....

  9. Ai64 Friday 27th Nov 2009 at 22:41

    Pop plus solo is on DSi shop too, (84%) whenever you want to take it around with you. Both Pop games look great.

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