CUTE is the right word to describe this rather simple but fun game. There are 40 screens to conquer and the objective on every one is exactly the same - to push a floating, iridescent bubble from one side of a room to the other without bursting the fragile sphere in the process.
The bubble-pusher is a small, appropriately dead-
The only means the ghost has of getting the bubble to move is by huffing at it - a press of the shift or space key causes the spook to puff out its cheeks and exhale. Providing the spook is close enough, the bubble will float away for a short distance, propelled by the ghostly breath.
As you know, ghosts can pass through solid matter and in this case such matter includes the bubble. However, although the ghost is immune from coming to grief on any objects, the bubble is not. Should it touch any solid item, the bubble will pop with a satisfying "Flink".
When this happens the little spook turns to face you, scowls and lets rip with a short burst of angry gibberish. The game is over when you've burst five bubbles - although extra bubbles, can be earned by taking a trickier route.
Each screen represents a room. The bubble is usually positioned on one side of the room with a least one exit at another - another includes the ceiling and floor.
Every room is different and in addition to an increasingly more difficult maze-like configuration of walls and passageways also features a variety of obstacles such as lit candles, electric fans, spikes, retracting needles and assorted pointy objects.
To add to the fun, a timer ticks away - the quicker you get the bubble to the exit, the higher the bonus. Failure to make it to the exit before your time runs out only results in your failing to score any bonus, not the loss of a life.
There are some neat points to the game. The ghost turns bright red and chokes if he puffs away for too long in one go - this temporary seizure is accompanied by the sampled sound of a cough and wheeze.
The ghost can blow other light objects beside the bubble. And trying to manoeuvre the bubble past a moving fan which blows it every which way is a real test of your patience and dexterity.
The title music is pretty good - unfortunately, it is only heard once, immediately after the initial loading - but the other sound effects are few and far between.
The graphics are fairly modest and uninspired and animation quite limited, although the ghost is nicely realised - cute and cuddly, if you like that sort of thing.
Although Bubble Ghost is quite novel and is enjoyable, harmless and ever-so mildly addictive, the fun and challenge per sound sterling does not represent a good long-term investment. Nice, but at this price not that nice.