Developer: Bloober Team
Release Date: 10/1/2009
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The Good: Addictive game play, darts, and balloons are a great mix, lots of puzzles
The Bad: Not-so-impressive audio/visual experience, very simple
If you haven’t already heard the PSP Go is out (a.k.a PSP-4000) and along side, this Sony launched the PSP Mini lineup which are cell phone games ported to the PSP. Some of these ports were updated and some weren’t. Bloons is a puzzle game that has a mix of Bust-A-Move and darts and will keep you busy for quite awhile.
You are a monkey with an arrow that you can spin around and stretch out. The farther you stretch it out the less of an arch your throw will be. You get a set amount of darts in each level to complete the objective. There are a minimum amount of balloons you need to pop to pass and some times there are obstacles in your way. There are quite a few actually from brick walls you need to shoot around, ice balloons that freeze all nearby ones, a bouncy rope that bounces back your darts, breakable bricks and the list goes on. I never felt bored with this game since each level is different and the progression in difficulty is fairly nice.
The main issue I had with the game is that it was too simple and the arrow takes forever to turn around. The graphics are very simple and don’t really push the PSP at all; plus the sound is pretty empty with the same music loop and annoying sounds. Otherwise, Bloons is an excellent way to pass the time and should definitely be picked up.