Social and mobile game developer SGN has announced the release of Panda Pop on iOS. A sequel to its popular Panda Jam (our review), Panda Pop sees players bursting bubbles to help Mama Panda rescue her babies from the evil Badboon.
Where Panda Jam was a Collapse-style puzzle game, asking players to click on groups of three or more like-colored blocks to remove them from the screen, Panda Pop is a bubble-popping game. As such, it asks players to shoot bubbles at colorful formations on the top of the screen, with bubbles disappearing once groups of three or more like-colored orbs are matched.
Pandas are trapped within these bubbles, and players only have a limited number of bubble shots available to free them all. At launch, Panda Pop includes more than 90 levels, which become increasingly challenging over time.
Items like lanterns and power-ups help players out in difficult stages. Colored lanterns fill as players match matches with bubbles of the same color, and can be used to create powerful shots, including fireballs that burn and remove large sections of bubbles from the board, regardless of color. More general power-ups include rainbow bubbles and trajectory lines for accurately tracking the path of a launched bubble.
“Once you start playing Panda Pop, you can’t put it down,” said Chris DeWolfe, CEO of SGN, in a statement. “There are new obstacles popping up right when you’ve conquered the previous one. It’s just as entertaining, if not more, than watching episode after episode of your favorite TV show.”
Panda Pop is now available to download for free on iOS. SGN plans to bring the game to Facebook and Android in early 2014. Check back soon to follow Panda Pop on AppData, our tracking service for mobile and social apps and developers.