While match-three games might be the current go-to genre for Facebook game developers, Sleepy Wings company RoyalCactus has shown its love for the bubble shooter with the release of Froggle on the platform. In Froggle, players help a frog named Froggy free his tadpoles from bubble formations at the top of the screen. In each level, players shoot colored bubbles at existing groups of orbs to form groups of at least three matching bubbles. This pops them and removes them from the screen, while also rewarding players with points.
In Froggle, each level comes with a shot limit and a different bubble layout. While the formation of bubbles might be different, the goal in each stage remains the same: free all of the level’s tadpoles before running out of shots. As players destroy large groups of orbs, bubbles will fall down around Froggy, and land in points buckets at the bottom of the screen.
Users must also earn a certain number of points to successfully complete each level, with flies working as bounce pads for these falling bubbles. The more they bounce, the more points they ultimately provide. In addition, any remaining shots are turned into bonus points, which help players earn up to three stars on each stage.Players can compare their high scores against their friends’ on level-specific leaderboards, and users can replay stages to earn any missed stars or simply increase their high scores. If players fail to complete stages before running out of shots, they lose a life. These recharge automatically over time, or can be purchased with real money. Players can also ask their friends for lives for free.
Levels become more complicated as players progress, with rocks that can’t be destroyed like normal bubbles, for instance (instead, they fall off as the bubbles above them are cleared). While these add additional challenge to stages, players aren’t entirely helpless. That is, users can bank their shots off of walls to reach out-of-the-way bubble clusters, and clicking on Froggy (or hitting the space bar) swaps between two active bubbles, in cases where the current shot color isn’t necessary.
Gamers also unlock power-ups as they play, like a bomb capable of clearing a large group of symbols, including rocks, from the screen. Another power comes in the form of a lightning blast, which clears one whole row of bubbles from the screen, taking any bubbles below this line with it. Aiming trajectory boosts are also available, and so on. Some of these power-ups are given away for free, but they can also be purchased with the coins gamers earn while playing, or with real money, depending on the power.
Froggle is available to play for free on Facebook.