For every game ever made, there are certain mechanics that by correct use of them will allow you to either win the game faster or make the game easier for yourself in one way or another. Despite the immediate simplicity of Bubble Shooter, game easing mechanics are a big part of it.
When you play Bubble Shooter, you can use the border of the box to bounce the ball into the place you want. You will reach a point of the game where you cannot hit a string or cluster directly with your ball, and the only alternative seems to be shooting your ball into a spot with no bubbles of the same color. However, the experienced player will be aware of his possibility of bouncing the ball of the frame of the box and hereby hitting a string or cluster of bubbles that matches your own. Be aware of all your options and take your time deciding where to aim. You are not punished for using a lot of time, so dedicating yourself to a certain game will pay off in the end.
Utilize the time
Contemplate and consider every move you make, when you play Bubble Shooter. As mentioned above, you do not get punished by using extra time on a move. Therefore, it is easy to optimize the score just by looking through your options to make sure you make the right decision. Sometimes the situation will occur that you have two possible strings or clusters of the same color, and you will feel the freedom to choose whichever. However, you need to consider several things before deciding which string to hit. What is my next bubble, and how can this knowledge be utilized? Is it possible to remove more balls, which are not of the same color, by hitting one spot over another? Can I avoid adding another tile of random bubbles by placing it on a spot higher up? These are important questions that you have to ask yourself every time you are about to shoot in order to optimize the result. In the end, all these small things make a difference, and it might not seem as a big deal, but making the right calls on all these questions is the difference between a decent and a good Bubble Shooter player. To become a better player, you need to consider all your options. Remember, there is no time pressure. Sub-optimal performances lead to sub-optimal satisfaction in most cases – even in matters of simple games like Bubble Shooter.
Remove a color entirely
Another strategical element worth considering is the fact that once a certain color is removed from the game of Bubble Shooter, it will not occur again. By having less colors to work with, the game will automatically become less complex as the chance of having a string or cluster of a certain color will become bigger. In a regular game of Bubble Shooter, you have almost already won by the time a color is removed from the game, but you can chose to specifically play towards this strategy from the start by opening up space in areas with many bubbles of a certain color. When playing according to this strategy, you will usually purposely shoot bubbles in areas with no chance of hitting a string solely to open up space in other sides of the box giving you a bigger chance for removing a color entirely. We do not recommend this strategy from default as it is very risky. If you do not hit the initial strings of the color you want to remove, the game of Bubble Shooter will become almost impossible as extra lines will be added due to the many non-connecting hits. Having many additional lines in the beginning will limit your options and at the same time force you to hit a lot of strings or clusters in a row in order just avoid losing the game before it already started. We only recommend using this strategy if you are an experienced player who can tell that the specific game allows you to play around this.
When you play Bubble Shooter, causing avalanches is easily the most effective way to remove balls. If you can manage to cut off an entire section of bubbles only by hitting a string or cluster of a certain color, all the bubbles in the section regardless of color will pop as well as the string you aimed for. Trying to create “cliffs”, which can cause avalanches, can therefore be a rewarding strategy you can apply to your game, but it usually requires some luck in order to have the bubbles in the right position for this to happen. Regardless of the unlikeliness of this to happen, removing an entire section is the most game-winning move you can make in a game of Bubble Shooter.
Avoid denying yourself
Creating a new string or cluster of bubbles from the bottom can be difficult to do without messing up your other options. Make sure to not deny yourself a “hidden treasure” when you are forced to make a failed shot. Sometimes when being forced to make a failed shot, you just hit it a random place, but by doing so you can potentially miss out on a money-spinner. Therefore, you should aim to create completely new strings in areas with a lot of different colors. For example, you put your failed shot (green) as an end tail on a string of five or six bubbles of the same color (red), you either limit or entirely lock down the opportunity of reaching that string of red bubbles in your next shots.
How to gain more points
Basically, you just have to hit your shots when you play Bubble Shooter. However, there are ways for you to get points faster. The more bubbles you remove in one shot, the more points you score.