In some of my articles, I brought up some pretty advanced movements/topics in casual gaming (flash partnering with Unity 3d), Zynga Poker, etc.
I went back to our own platform and started to browse around, and realized that one of our classic games has gotten the most amount of plays. The winner of the gameplay battle on our platform is Puzzle Bobble, a retro arcade classic originally from a Japanese developer called Taito.
I challenge you to play one level – Puzzle Bobble on Gamobot. You might find yourself trying to play for a while! It’s actually a lot of fun, and this flash remake is really well done. In fact, it’s been popular with us for years. Puzzle Bobble has been played hundreds of thousands of times on our current platform, and probably even more when we had it up on our last site.
It’s a simple puzzle game where you have to line up gems of the same color to knock them down. It gets challenging after a few levels actually.
If you decide to play it, you might want to check out our resizing options. You’ll find them on the bottom right of the game box. Try full screen mode. It’s one of our new features.
So with all this talk about 3d and big budget games, sometimes classics can be a huge hit. I’ve noticed that all the old retro games from Mario to Tetris still get alot of hits and tend to be fairly viral. At times they are more popular than their advanced processor/memory/graphic gobbling counterparts.
It goes without saying that there is surely a nostalgic element to the popularity of these titles. I think it’s safe to assume that this following is not going anywhere.
If you’re a developer, sometimes going down the classic and perhaps simple route can pay off.
Something else that I find very fascinating is the fact that these classics which were cream of the crop back in the day can be made very easily today in flash. Well, that’s a separate discussion and a topic for another article… For the time being, I just wanted to draw your attention to this particular classic. :-)