iPad Great Zuma clone: Bonsai Blast

Discussion in 'iPhone and iPad Games' started by Oliver, Dec 31, 2008.

  1. Oliver

    Oliver Well-Known Member

    hi there :)

    this morning I downloaded Bonsai Blast (3,99), and I just have to tell it to you, because it is such a great game! I fixes everything I did not like in Puzzloop or Blackbeard! It has sixty levels, an adventure mode and power ups!

    What I like:

    It runs at a lower speed than Blackbeard, so it's more relaxing and less frantic.
    It is colorful, but the screen looks nice and cute and the colors don't get in the way.
    You have only one "shooter", but you can switch between different locations of this shooter with one tap.
    You don't have things that get in the way like hurricans.
    There are some challenges built in like walls to shoot billiard-like.



    Really interesting: They publish this for the iPhone and for Android. I hope that they will say something about sales.
  2. arn

    arn Administrator
    Staff Member Patreon Silver Patreon Gold

    Apr 19, 2008
    I agree. Of the match-3 zuma/loop games, I found this one the most "fun", addicting. they add some nice touches and it works really well.

    I've been meaning to write it up but haven't.

  3. Fleabag323

    Fleabag323 Well-Known Member

    Dec 19, 2008
    I got it too and I really enjoy it.
    The only disappointing thing is that in the description they said 90 levels, but it's really 30 levels with 3 difficulty levels.:(
  4. Oliver

    Oliver Well-Known Member

    Even if it were only three levels this would be ok for me. I played Actionloop on the DS for a while and really loved this because it was free of any clutter. Just me, the Stylus, the balls and the route for the balls. Colorful balls, but the rest was grey/metal. I played this over and over - just one level - to beat my highscore :D.

    Now even with the colorful levels Bonsai Blast seems to be the first game of this type on the iPhone which is free of clutter. It just works, does not get in the way, has a nice asia soundtrack and looks gorgeous. They did everything right with this game.
  5. Mr. Charley

    Mr. Charley Well-Known Member

    Sep 6, 2008
    Wow, in my opinion, that's false advertisement.
    Couldn't then Blackbeard say they have 60 levels rather than the 20 if you play on all 3 difficulties?
    I have to say that I was thinking of picking this up specifically because it had so many more levels than blackbeard but it really doesn't.
    Still looks really polished and I like the billiard/bouncing off walls aspect but a little turned off now from what I perceive to be false advertisement
  6. HerbertKornfeld

    HerbertKornfeld Well-Known Member

    Oct 13, 2008
    #6 HerbertKornfeld, Dec 31, 2008
    Last edited: Dec 31, 2008
    Awesome Video

    I know this developer was on the naughty list, but they’ve won me over with their ridiculously over the top production values in their gameplay video. How can you not love that?

    Take notes, arn. The bar has been raised.
  7. Oliver

    Oliver Well-Known Member

    Don't they have three landscapes with 20 or 30 maps on each in adventure mode?
  8. VirtualAlex

    VirtualAlex Well-Known Member

    Dec 6, 2008
    I have been keeping my eye on this game for a long time now. it looks so pretty. I have been waiting for Touch Arcade to review it, but it's getting so much praise already I might just get it.
  9. brewstermax

    brewstermax Well-Known Member

    But this is from the makers of Space Monkey. It'll be free and ad-supported soon.
  10. arn

    arn Administrator
    Staff Member Patreon Silver Patreon Gold

    Apr 19, 2008
    They reversed that (poor) decision. Space Monkey is ad-free again (and $0.99) and they released a separate Space Monkey Free which is ad-supported.

  11. brewstermax

    brewstermax Well-Known Member

    I know. It was a horrible decision. Is this any better than Blackbeard's Assault?
  12. CrocStock

    CrocStock Well-Known Member

    Sep 22, 2008
    I was about to buy this but realizing that there are only truly 30 levels I will avoid this and wait for something else, besides the art style doesn't really appeal to me :p
  13. istopmotion

    istopmotion Well-Known Member

    Nov 21, 2008
    Well, I think all of those changed my mind about getting this game. I want a fast paced Zuma-like game, and that's why I really loved BA even though it was quite short. I don't like the weird light colors, I'd appreciate it more if they were a darker shade or more solid looking colors. I like the challenge having objects in front of me, I think it makes the game more entertaining.

    That completely made the decision for me not to get this game. Unfortunately, I don't think it's the game for me. I'll just have to wait and see if Zuma will ever be released.

    I was close to purchasing this game, but this thread helped me realize that I probably wouldn't like it if I did get it. I'll just stick to Blackbeard's Assault for now. Thanks for the heads up (even though I know this thread was meant to show the quality of the game, I just don't think I'll be getting it). :(
  14. Carlos-Sz

    Carlos-Sz Well-Known Member

    Nov 5, 2008
  15. Warhorse Games

    Warhorse Games Well-Known Member

    Oct 28, 2008
    Software Engineer
    Ladera Ranch, CA
    Bonsai is really nicely done. I'd say it's focus is a little more puzzley compared to Blackbeard's which is more about action.

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