About Pop Balloons Games
This collection of pop it games are mainly created by Ninja Kiwi Games. This first balloon popping game was a huge success for the game developers from its launch in April 2007. It was the original version of Bloons that sky rocketed Ninja Kiwi to success, yet it was not the developers original game. They had a few flops before they struck gold with this now dominant series of games.
The success of bloons which involves popping balloons with darts to pass each level has encouraged them to develop other versions of the pop games and the continuing development of the successful brand image. The Bloons games are suitable for all platforms, computer, game console, and phone based and they all reproduce the childhood fun most people can refer to of popping balloons!
As the pop game progresses we come across a number of different walls and other obstacles, as well as a number of different bloons. Some Bloons are good for play advancement, some bad, and some switch roles depending on the game level being played. We will come across a variety of walls, solid, rubber and those you can blast through.
Likewise with Bloons they come as pin, bomb, Pac-Man, ice, and a few other variants which will need to be played for the advancement of the game. The feature character of the game is the Monkey who fires darts at the Bloons. The dart is simple to control and the throw is fairly easy once you are used to it, but a little difficult to originally master.
The player has control over both the power and direction of the throw. A red arrow appears and lengthens to give a guide to power, and direction. It may prove easier to move the mouse curser to the target area for the shot direction. There are 50 levels in the original format of the balloon popping game. Some reincarnations of the game which are designed for phone games or for game console use have a greater number of levels. In this article we will discuss the PC version.
One of the major differences between the popping balloons game known unofficially as 'pop it game' and other flash games is the number of lives. In Bloons you never run out of lives. You run out of darts, but you can either replay a level or choose unlimited darts, which tends to take much of the entertainment out of the game.
You can select which levels you play of the pop games, skip some if you want, or go back to them later. This pop it game is quite addictive and the player needs to finish any other work before starting a game or the work likely won't be done. It makes a great commuter game as a handheld, or phone application. Reverting to the PC version; the special purpose bloons are first seen on different levels hence it becomes a natural progression. Level 9 introduces the rubber wall which is fun, although skills are required.
Levels 23 and 30 are two of the more challenging levels, but level 47 is the most challenging. The game developers have considerately mixed in some easier levels during game play, varying the difficulty but ensuring each level still offers both interest and skill needs with regards to popping balloons precisely.
Some of the Levels of the original game
Level 5 (Starburst)
70 balloons required to complete the level of the pop it game. Your monkey only has two darts in this level. More darts aren't needed though. First one hit any of the "pin bloons" and it should leave you with just one bloon to hit with your second shot. Another easy to fully complete level.
Level 9 (Boing)
29 bloons required to complete the level. The new addition to your bloon experience in this level is the introduction of a "rubber wall". This is the vertical black wall to the right of the screen. With the first dart, fire it through the top level, taking out as many as possible while bouncing it off the rubber wall. Normal ricochet calculations are used. With the second dart, do the same again, trying to take out as many of the remaining bloons as possible. Same applies until you reach the end of the level. A score of about 95% is quite acceptable, although it is, of course, possible with some experience to clear them all.
Level 14 (Maze)
60 balloons to pop to complete the level. On this level we find yet another new introduction. This is the "dart bloon" and when the bloon is popped it gives you an extra dart. It can be found as the purple bloon on the lowest row of bloons and has the logo of a yellow dart inside. This level is very reminiscent of the old pinball machines and is played exactly the same way using the rubber walls as ricochet tools. The first dart should be fired with plenty of power to take out as many as possible of the top row and it will then move around the lower sections bouncing off the rubber walls until it either leaves the maze, or, more likely runs out of energy. Make sure you get the dart balloon as you play. One trick is to bounce off the lower part of the first section earlier and let the dart fired ricochet to the lower levels, otherwise you are likely to have it just rebound and leave by the same hole it was fired through. It is fairly straightforward once you get the hang of it to clear them all in this popping balloon game level.
Level 21 (Throwback)
13 balloons to pop to complete the level. On this level of balloon popping game we have yet another introduction in the bloon games series. This time we encounter the "Pac-Man". Yes, the one we know so well from video games is right here in bloons. Your first shot should be at Pac-Man. Once he has been hit he will happily go along and eat the other bloons for you, so just the one shot is required.
Which ever one of the collection of pop games you choose to play we are in no doubt that you will be back for more in the near future. One of Bloons most popular branch offs may also be worth checking out, this involves defending a track from a collection of balloons that come rushing by, here it is unofficially known as - pop tower 4
Beyond our collection...
It's hard to find decent online popping type games beyond the selection we publish on our site although we are always searching for more. We can recommend a fair few casual downloadable titles though. PopCap produce some fun marble poppers such as the original Zuma and Zuma's Revenge. PopCap was one of the first game developers to introduce the marble popping niche to the internet.