Sneezies – Bubble Popping Fun in Review – Sneezing Made Fun

sneezies1Sneezies is perhaps one of the more adorably addictive games I have come across on the iPhone/iPod Touch. Developed by Antair Corporation, Sneezies is a unique title that can truly be enjoyed by all age groups. The premise of the game is very simple, yet highly effective nonetheless. You are presented with ‘Sneezies’ that are trapped in floating bubbles and your job is to free them by making them sneeze. In doing so, you will also create massive chain reactions of bubbles bursting that are accompanied by some sweet visuals and cute sound effects.

sneezies2In terms of gameplay, it doesn’t actually get any easier than this. To make these cute little critters sneeze and free them from their bubbles, all you have to do is release a burst of sneezing powder by tapping anywhere on the screen. As this powder spreads and comes in contact with them, the Sneezies will sneeze their way out and in turn release another similarly sized cloud of (differently colored) sneezing powder. This will essentially create a chain reaction effect of Sneezies bursting free.  The most impressive thing about this is watching fireworks like sneeze powder explode all over the screen, accompanied by a chorus of ‘Ah-choos’ ringing through the air.

sneezies4There are two modes of play in the game: Classic and Challenge. In classic mode, you are given a target number of Sneezies you must rescue per level. With 45 levels, this mode gets progressively harder as the ratio of Sneezies rescued gets higher and higher. On level 25, it took me more than an hour just to meet the target of 73 out of 80 Sneezies to set free.  Oh, and you can only tap on the screen ONCE to release the sneezing powder; so be ready for some frustratingly fun moments when you just miss the mark by one or two Sneezies.

In Challenge mode, the target number is generally much higher than that of Classic mode, but you are given 5 doses of sneezing powder. After every tap, the number rescued will be added to your tally and you must meet your goal before running out of magic sneezing dust. As a bonus, every time you clear 75% or more of the bubbles on screen, an extra ‘life’ will be given to you. While this mode doesn’t differ a whole lot from classic play mode, it sure is nice to be able to have more than just one try per level.

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Visually, Sneezies does have simple but attractive backdrops. Tie this in with adorably colorful critters and sneezing dust that resembles a fireworks display, you can’t help but enjoy the vibrant action on hand. The music is also well done, with very likable soundtracks that alternate between piano and guitar pieces.

Sneezies maybe fun and addictive to play, but it does have some shortcomings. As much as I enjoyed popping Sneezies from their bubbles and watching huge chain reactions at work, I do find that the game is more about chance and luck rather than skill and strategy. Since Sneezies float about randomly, there is no guarantee you will be able to reach the level’s required target of setting them free. As a result, players will find it more of a trial and error process, having to repeat levels over and over (especially in later stages) until this target is met. It would have been nice if there were some way of controlling the movement of Sneezies via the accelerometer, thus giving players more control over the outcome of the game.

Bottom Line: Sneezies is a game that is extremely easy to pick up and play, not to mention lots of fun and addictive as well. With its cute graphics and mesmorizing chain effects, you’ll soon realize just after minutes of play that sneezing has never been quite this fun.

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App Summary
Title:Sneezies – Bubble Popping FunDeveloper:Antair Corporation (published by Chillingo)
Price:$0.99App Size:5.8 mb
  • Easy to pick up and play
  • Attractive visuals and good use of music and sound effects
  • Huge chain reactions
  • Ability to post high scores online
  • Listen to your own iPod music
  • No real strategy or skill involved
  • Players may feel frustrated with targets that are hard to reach
  • Could use more modes of play to improve replay value

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