What better objective could there be in any game than trying to find your happy place? Admittedly, this isn’t a premise that would work in a game like GTA, but in this beautiful looking Android title it provides motivation and a clear objective.Buka is a strange, rather cute looking sentient sphere, who has found herself stranded in the furthest reaches of deep space. You’re here to help Buka find her way home through the hazardous cosmos to be reunited with her fellow spheres in the place she lovingly refers to as ‘her happy place’.
She might be cute and affable, but Buka is far from defenceless. By tapping the screen you create shockwaves in space that deflect the bombardment of nefarious asteroids intent on bashing into your ball-like protagonist.
Depending on the velocity of the incoming meteors, you may be required to tap furiously to slow them down and ultimately deflect them away from your sphere (be prepared for curious glances if playing in public).When more decisive action is required, holding your finger down on the touch-screen generates an explosive, powerful spark attack, which detonates upon release and blows any encroaching asteroids into space dust. Some of these asteroids, however, are not unlike their videogame namesake, and split into smaller fragments requiring further action on your part to fully deflect them.What begins as a very basic dextrous puzzle game soon expands into a complex and strategic experience that remains impressively addictive, even as the screen becomes packed with chaotic action. If ever there was an Android game to challenge the iPhone’s dominance, it’s Buka.
MC Score 9.3
Review by Sunetra Chakravati,12/12/2011 3:56:35 PM
Look and feel
Ease of use