Chains is a challenging puzzle game with a unique feel and distinctive vector graphics style. The object of the game is simple - to link adjacent bubbles of the same color into chains. As you progress through the physics-driven stages it becomes increasingly more challenging and players' speed, strategy and skill will be put to the test.
User reviews: Mostly Positive (429 reviews)
Release Date: Nov 25, 2008
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“Chains is dripping with innovation and individuality: there is nothing quite like it.” -OutOfEight, 75%
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“Chains has some of the simplest rules in puzzle games... but that doesn't mean the game is easy or childish. There are endless ways to change and refine your strategy.” -IndieGameMag, 89%
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“A solid lesson of style, innovation and originality - exactly as every independent game should be done!” -UniGamesity, 80%
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“a remarkably good puzzle game” -Rock, Paper, Shotgun
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About This Game

Chains is a challenging puzzle game with a unique feel and distinctive vector graphics style. The object of the game is simple - to link adjacent bubbles of the same color into chains. As you progress through the physics-driven stages it becomes increasingly more challenging and players' speed, strategy and skill will be put to the test.

  • 20 levels each focusing on action, strategy or flow
  • Physics-driven gameplay
  • 3 difficulty modes
  • Colorblind option
  • Up to 15 player profiles
  • Unique art direction with beautiful vector graphics
  • Soundtrack from the Belgian electro band Silence
  • Unlimited replayability value

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    • Supported OS: Windows® XP or Windows® Vista
    • Processor: 1 GHz Processor
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX compatible 128 MB graphics card
    • DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0c
    • Sound: DirectX compatible audio card
    • Hard Drive: 30 MB of hard disk space
    • Input: Keyboard and Mouse

    Minimum:

    • OS: OS X version Leopard 10.5.8, Snow Leopard 10.6.3, or later
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 128 MB graphics card
    • Hard Drive: 60 MB of hard disk space
Helpful customer reviews
19 of 25 people (76%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 8
Chains is a game about linking 3+ bubbles of the same colour. It features 20 puzzles, each different from one another. Rules, objectives, layout change from one puzzle to the next, sometimes even the gravity is modified.

Basically though there are two types: puzzles that make you think a little, and puzzles where you have to act fast. Unfortunately there is much more of the "act fast" ones. When I got this game I thought it will be relaxing & laid-back. It wasn't most of the time. Chains require focus, reflex and speed, which makes it rather tense experience, stressful even. Hey, I'm old ^^>

I finished the game, although that turned out to be a test of patience. The progress I made was wiped a couple of times or rolled back (I had severe saving issues for some reason), so I was forced to repeat each puzzle at least a couple of times. Without all that repetition the game is very short.

I'm recommending this because "on fence" or "so-so" is not an option. Plus Chains isn't bad, so thumbs down would be unfair. Also, I like the music/ambiance, the art style/ design choice and the variety. I appreciate each puzzle being different (even though not my speed), as I'm often tired with games that have hundreds of carbon copy puzzles with barely any modifications. Ideas for some puzzles/ level design are neat as well :)
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 24
I played 11 out of 20 levels, i liked the game and it is fine until the level "11.coathanger", that is pure frustration out of player control. I blazed through this game just fine and that freaking level had me trying to beat it more than 7 times.

There are better timekillers and relaxing games on steam and better games on fkng Newgrounds.

I am being a bit harsh here, sorry, their 2D engine seems to be superior to flash thought.

BTW my antivirus blocked this game when i tried to change resolutions and fullscreen, and that shouldn't be happening.
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36 of 46 people (78%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 21, 2014
From the makers of "Obulis" (also reviewed by me) comes this nice physics engine game.
First: The game "Chains" is no big deal. That means the game mechanics are quite simple and the graphics are flatten. But what it makes special is the relaxing chillout soundtrack in the background. Never felt so comfortable in a game.

The levels are generally easy. You have to link the same colored bubbles to chains, as longer as better.
Sometimes there are pretty inventive modes like calculation numbers inside the bubbles to a balance or to deny downfalling bubbles to block a tube by upchaining and eliminate them. There's all kind of challenge and entertainment you can expect from a good puzzle game.
Take a -90% Coupon and pay only 40 Cent to tryout all the great 20 levels.
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28 of 36 people (78%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 20, 2014
Got a cupon - 90% bought it cuz it was 0,40. Installed it, playing it now for 10 minutes and it's really good to kill time! :D
Oh, yea forgot to say, it have great music!

The best puzzle game i have ever played!

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Great for killing time!

You won't get bored fast because some levels are easy and some are hard.

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Not so many levels
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19 of 22 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 7, 2014
Fun little puzzle game that isn't worth the asking price.

Chains reminded me of something you'd play for free on Kongregate or Newgrounds. It has a fun core mechanic (linking chains of circles to make them dissapear) that they mix up and use in innovative ways with each level. The music is really good and fits the game perfectly. The graphics are what you would expect from this sort of game. Most people should be able to beat all 20 levels in 2 hours or so.

I'm not recommending this because it is over priced but if you can get it for $0.50 - $1 then it is definitly worth checking out.
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