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BIG BAD Flower Review

By Andrew Nesvadba, on October 25, 2010


BIG BAD Flower
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PROS

  • Fun visual style.
  • Unique combination of swipe and tap controls.

CONS

  • No discernible bonuses for multiple bubbles.
  • Quick to slip out of control from a moment's loss of focus.
  • No gameplay depth at all.

VERDICT

BIG BAD Flower stops short of letting itself bloom as a fun arcade-action title and manages to get bogged down by prickly repetitive mechanics.


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The idea of a giant flower taking over the world by encasing them in bubbles and blowing them away is just so madcap that I wonder if the flower's name is Bob. Obscure references aside, in BIG BAD Flower by BIG BAD BRUSH you'll need to draw bubbles around your enemies, ranging from fluffy critters to aliens in space in an attempt to blow them away, permanently.

At first the idea is seems sound, with creatures appearing at set locations that need to be encased before eliminating them, but it starts getting horribly repetitive early on and never really changes at all. Some enemies can fire weapons at you or can't be encased with a bubble directly, but each level is the same monotonous act of drawing, tapping, swiping, rinse-repeat. Your reactions will need to speed up as you go along, but this presents a new problem as early as the second or third stage as you realize that these levels go on for way, way too long.

There's also not a lot going on visually as well, with animations being sparse and the most exciting thing you have to look forward to is your flower spinning before a bunch of bubbles fly away. This is a shame given that the designs fit the somewhat whacky theme perfectly. As you complete areas you're rewarded with a bonus game, though these feature just as much thinly spread gameplay albeit faster paced.

BIG BAD Flower is in dire need of some pruning and while the idea of blowing away enemies in bubbles may potentially be fun, doing this exclusively is as boring as watching grass grow.

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Comments

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rekz 3 years, 6 months ago

Best 'Angry Flower' comic was 'Bob The Angry Flower'. 
Deserves an esoteric videogame!
http://angryflower.com <-- for Bob the Angry Flower, not this game.
:(
Too bad!
FYI -- my comment has nothing to do w/this videogame, only an amazing online comic!

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andrew 3 years, 6 months ago

Hence my reference to "Bob" ;) I had actually linked to the site in my review, but it seems our system scrubs links in reviews - I might have to see if I can fix that ;)

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FalloutNewVegas 3 years, 6 months ago

Hmm big bad flower...A giant flower trying to take over the world by using magically popping bubbles to its advantage..AWESOME!

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bamboo_02 3 years, 6 months ago

Just picked this up today! This is a fun action packed addicting game! It required lots of hand eye cordination which kept me hooked with all the bubbles and funny characters!

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andrew 3 years, 6 months ago

Now that I've played it I just don't know if I can agree with this - half the time you'd accidentally catch the objects while swiping anyway and if you ever get caught behind you can just insta-zap them all and finish up the level. *shrugs* to each their own and I'm glad you enjoy it :)