Thursday, June 25, 2009

Buka Review

Buka, $1.99, by, is a very unique action puzzle game, where you guide a moon, named Buka, through space, by blasting all the asteroids out of her way. You push the asteroids away by tapping rapidly near them, and you can make them explode by pressing on the screen, holding, then releasing your finger. In the options menu, you can choose whether you want to be able to control Buka using tilt, or not. If asteroids hit Buka, craters appear on her, and she becomes closer to getting blasted off the screen. When you destroy large asteroids, small green shapes appear, and if you push the shapes towards Buka, she gains health and loses some of her craters. Before each level, Buka says a few words about why she is traveling in space, then gets bombarded by meteors.
There is a nice learning curve in the game. The first few levels are easy, then it gradually gets harder, and is always the perfect difficulty. Because of the difficulty, players will not get frustrated, and this makes the game extremely addicting. Usually you put a game down when you either are stuck on a level, or it is ridiculously easy, but in Buka, you just keep playing because there is nothing stopping you.  Also, every few levels, Buka introduces a new type of asteroid, or concept, to you, so the levels are new and refreshing. For example, the first few levels have asteroids that are easy to push, and explode with one shot. However, later on, there are larger space rocks that spawn smaller rocks when they are blown up. Then, even later, there are small asteroids that move incredibly fast.
Although Buka is addicting, it is also somewhat repetitive. No matter how many types of asteroids there are, you still always have to repeatedly blow them up, and there is not that much difference between the types of space rocks. Also, there are better games out there for $1.99, so $.99 would be a better price.

Just the Right Difficulty
Easy Controls

Price is Slightly High

Bottom Line:
If you like action games, and puzzle games, get Buka. If you don't, wait for a price drop, then get it.

Gameplay: 4.5/5
Graphics: 4/5
Controls: 5/5

Overall: 8.5/10 (not an average)


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