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.
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.