Even More Bloons
Do you like cake? Do you like double-decker cake? We are about to lay on you a triple-decker cake, with helium! When you eat this triple-decker cake, and then attempt to speak, your voice will sound squeaky and distorted. For lo, besoothe thee, from Ninja Kiwi—the creators of Bloons, More Bloons, and a variety of other highly addictive Flash games—comes the final installment of a trilogy that may well become a tetralogy if its popularity continues at this pace: Even More Bloons.
The gameplay still features the familiar and addictive dart toss: move the mouse to adjust the angle at which the monkey will throw a dart; press and hold down the button to select the force of the throw. Your objective hasn't changed either: Pop enough balloons with the darts you have to move on to the next, more challenging level.
This third installment introduces helium balloons and bounce pads. The helium balloons are encased in glass, which must be broken with a dart. Then the balloon begins to rise into the air until it runs into something, or else it just floats off the screen! Timing becomes important in this iteration, adding to the difficulty.
Analysis: Fans of the series will find plenty to like here, as well as interesting new design opportunities with the augmented level editor. The difficulty starts off fairly reasonable, but towards the end veers into insanity. In most tricky levels you can cheat a bit: just turn on unlimited darts and have at it. At least one level is going to stump anyone who can't plot trajectories in real-time: the one involving frozen helium balloons, a bounce pad, and a one-square high, two square deep opening. The previous two games train you to carefully adjust your shots, this game trains you to do so in-time, so as to catch rows of rising helium bloons. The offending level, however, throws a completely new kind of challenge at you with no prior experience: you must make a bounce at the right angle at the right time. The added dimension of control required multiplies the challenge involved. Craig Perko calls this "stacking distractions", which for a late level in a third incarnation of a Web game franchise, is all too likely.
Highly recommended for fans, the uninitiated should start with the original. If you've got mad dart skills, play Even More Bloons!