AQUABELLE - SmartGame for girls?

 

BUBBLE TROUBLE


AquaBelle is a puzzle game with the same transparent puzzle pieces as Camouflage and Airport.


The object of the game is to lock the dark blue monster fish inside the bubbles which are printed on tiles. So the concept is very similar to Camouflage: you make the right combinations between the artwork on the puzzle tiles and the artwork on the challenge cards. The most visible difference is that the artwork of the animals is now on the challenge cards instead of on the puzzle pieces. But this does not really make a difference for the game play.


The story to explain the game rules is that the mermaids try to help their friends (the good fish) by locking up the monster fish inside bubbles. It's a little absurd, I know. But mermaids are not the most realistic creatures either. But except for the theme, the mermaids don't really play a role in solving the challenges.




top left: example of challenge card of AquaBelle

top right: solution of this challenge


SOLVING AQUABELLE

There are 4 possible combinations that are right:

- bubble + monster fish

- bubble + no fish

- no bubble + no fish

- no bubble + good fish


And there are 2 combinations that are not allowed:

- no bubble + monster fish

- bubble + good fish


A GAME FOR SMART GIRLS ONLY?

The reason to make another game with transparent puzzle pieces, is that people wanted to have a SmartGame that was really for girls. Personally, I think that all SmartGames are suitable for both girls and boys. But some people see this differently.


Except for the pinkish box, my sons liked this game not any less than any other SmartGame, just like many girls liked Trucky 3 or other games that you could consider boys toys. Often young children think less in stereotypes than their (grand)parents or some shops.


I adjusted the concept, picked and tested the challenges, but most credit for this game goes to my colleague Hans for making all the beautiful illustrations. Each of the 48 challenges has different background artwork. It looks great in combination with the colorful fish and the semi-transparent bubbles.


Update: In 2016 SmartGames will introduce a new, simplified version of this game, named “Ghost Hunters”.


REVIEWS AND LINKS

  1. AquaBelle on the official website of SmartGames

  2. http://igrudom.ru/


AWARDS

  1. Parents’Choice Award Spring 2012 Games USA: Approved

 


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Raf Peeters, January 2012

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