Puzzle Bobble 3D Vacation Odyssey Review (PlayStation 5)

For this Bubble Bobble 3D Vacation Odyssey Review, we find a game bursting with the same cheerful energy, adorable characters, and timeless gameplay as its predecessors, Puzzle Bobble 3D: Vacation Odyssey is the next evolution of the classic Japanese action puzzle game franchise—with the immersive fun of 3D!

Puzzle Bobble 3D Vacation Odyssey Review Pros:

  • Big chunky graphics.
  • 3.77GB download size.
  • Platinum trophy.
  • You get both the PlayStation 4 and the PlayStation 5 versions of the game.
  • Puzzle gameplay.
  • PlayStation VR support.
  • Colourblind settings.
  • Three game modes – Duel, Story, and infinite.
  • The goal of the game is to match colors to clear them and then shoot the final middle bubble.
  • Game modes can mix it up from clear with x amount of shots or against a timer.
  • Earn coins from playing and buy power-ups.
  • Boss encounters.
  • In-game cutscene slideshows.
  • Tutorials are brief pop-ups with a menu option to refresh yourself.
  • End-of-level breakdown of performance.
  • Earn 1 – 3 stars.
  • Uses the controller speaker for particularly big bubble clears.
  • A special bubble can appear.
  • As you shoot the bubbles they get really spin around adding more layers to the gameplay.
  • Simple controls.
  • You can swap between two different bubbles.
  • The camera will automatically zoom in and out.
  • World map level select.
  • Can replay levels for a better score, stars, and cash.
  • Duel is online battling and has find a game against randoms and a friend invite option.
  • Story mode is the whole map level select mode.
  • Infinite is a mode where you go against a time portal and just keep going with power-ups being rewarded over time.

Puzzle Bobble 3D Vacation Odyssey Review Cons:

  • No local multiplayer.
  • Doesn’t have any leaderboards.
  • Slow pace.
  • Judging shots is very awkward due to the camera being a bit crap.
  • No customisation options.
  • The music is very bland.
  • Takes ages to get coins for power-ups.
  • The payoff of power-ups is not great.
  • No replay value.

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Puzzle Bobble 3D Vacation Odyssey Review:

Official website.

Developer: Survios

Publisher: Taito

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PlayStation

  • 7/10
    Graphics - 7/10
  • 6/10
    Sound - 6/10
  • 7/10
    Accessibility - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Length - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Fun Factor - 7/10
6.8/10

Summary

I’m sure I have played a 3D version of Bubble Bobble and I remember it not being very good, kind of how my memory will stay, be honest. I can see the point of the game with a more puzzle-focused approach to the pop 3 formula but it’s the wooden mechanics and lack of camera that stops the game from being fun and something you want to keep coming back to. I found it’s less about skill and more about lick because if you get a bad spin of the board or a bad selection of colored balls then it all goes wrong and you really cannot rectify it. The game variations are limited to just clear X amount or go up against a timer, it changes ever so slightly later on but you need a strong will to see past the first few islands. Bubble Bobble 3D Vacation Odyssey is just a game with a cool mechanic, a strong history of quality, and little else, if it didn’t have the Bubble Bobble name attached it would be just an OK puzzle game with issues but it does carry the name and for that, it’s a mediocre puzzle game attempt that champions luck over skill.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!