Balloons are useful for a number ofdiverting distractions.There is the classic trick of bursting onebehind an unsuspecting friend. There is the hilarious techniquewhereby the ballooning launches air from the rubber bauble in such away like to create titter-inducing flatulence noises. There is aswell the classic breathing-in of helium to fuel chipmunk-esqueacapellas.
None of those fun balloon-depended activitiescreates an appearance in Popping Mania. In fact, not much fun seemsat everything, like you will spend most of your time in this try at aracy puzzle game yawning. In the game's main way you bring control ofa small be capped youth, wall hanging by an adjustable cord from atree branch. The purpose is to apply your catapult to fire a boundednumber of darts at balloons like they are published by your terrafirma - dependent companion.
The gas-filled party orbs floatskyward at usual increasing speeds, and in always larger numbers likethe levels progress. You advance via the game's levels by burstingadjust numbers of balloons on limited numbers of darts.
Likeyou progress there are as well a some inexplicable floating blocksthat obscure your line of sight and create the act of maintainingcareful purpose that small but more difficult. Although Popping Maniaas well contains a Challenge way, in which you are tasked on poppingballoons of particular colors, there is a unique lack of variety and,finally, fun.
The game play mechanic of easily moving up anddown rapidly wears thin, and progression soon becomes a chore insteadof a pleasure. The colorful backdrop never alterations and there areno unlockable characteristic or stages to feel forward to.
Thereis nothing congenitally wrong with game. Its control scheme is tightand responsive, its cartoonish fashion is not awful, and it has aclear progression system. But Popping Mania fails in the mostfundamental of game needs: it is easily not fun. In my dictionary,'mania' is determined like 'excessive or unreasonable enthusiasm'.That means Popping Mania's title is just half accurate – there isenough of popping, but almost no mania.