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 (348 reviews)
Release Date: Nov 25, 2008
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Reviews

“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
13 of 16 people (81%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 14
Pretty interesting game. But can't play this game to long..my eyes..omg
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
Great puzzle game. I would not recomend buying it though, as you can get just as good ones for free in the AppStore or GooglePlay. 6/10 bananapankakes.
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1.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
An amusing time waster but I'm not sure it's worth $5. If it's on special though, it's worth grabbing.
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1.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
Chains is a challenging puzzle game, breaking chains in a variety of scenarios. While the gameplay is fun, the soundtrack is what really stood out to me. I've copied it out of the install folder and enjoy listening to it as background music.
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1.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
Good concept, but you can't "beat" it - you can only hope that it gives you the right bubbles in the right order, and that you're fast enough to notice that order and make the right chain. It sounds kind of exciting that way, but in reality, some of the levels are just too difficult because of the random allocation of colours.

It's a puzzle game that you can't solve; a supposedly calm and relaxing game that often comes down to your twitch-reflex and your ability to spot when the game hands you the solution after hours and hours of combinations that make it literally impossible to pass the levels. And when you get stuck on a certain level that you know how to beat *in theory* but can't actually beat because the game keeps sending down purple bubbles into the middle of the yellow-bubble chain you've been building... it's just not fun.

The music is ok, and that's about the best thing I have to say for Chains. The level ideas are cool but poorly executed; so much so that a cool concept becomes abject torture... the graphics are quirky and somewhat artful the first time around, but after thirty attempts at the same level it loses any of interest from trying to figure out the "flow" and you're left staring at something that looks like childrens' scribble... and even when you do manage to pass an impossible level on a lucky run, it's only a matter of 1-2 more levels before you're stuck again and don't come back to play for months at a time...

seriously, the only reason I'm writing this review now is because I came back to Chains again because I had nothing else to do, and realised that this game held no interest whatsoever for me. I can't find any reason to reccomend this game to play, let alone to buy. This should have been a browser game; and even then it wouldn't be a very good take on its genre without some major balance adjustments.
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0.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
Totally worth the money. A calm relaxing mini-game for chilling out in the evening. Beautifully made and I can tell I'm never gonna get tired of it. 10/10
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1.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
Not a terrible game but not genre defining either. Casual with some twitch elements. A few interesting scenarios and good presentation but a heavy reliance on luck at times and not much variety.

Overall I had fun with it, worth a pickup in a low priced bundle or deep sale.
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0.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
Many iPhone game are better than this. Sorry
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0.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
Novel Puzzle. Yet to find the key to success ~ 6.5/10
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2.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 17
19th level is poorly made and thus game is almost impossible to finish due to it all being luck and repetition.
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0.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 17
I don't realy like this game, it's borring and pointless. I couldn't get past level two, I got too bored. There is some fun to have (if I hade the patience), but I don't think is worth 5$.
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 25
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Персональный рейтинг - 6 из 10

Крайне трудно в наше время удивить кого-то переосмыслением классики. Скажем, известный казуальный поджанр "три в ряд", на механике которого выстроены тысячи однотипных поделок, и даже сами разработчики едва ли смогут отличить одну от другой, настолько они похожи. Но стремление к оригинальности у русских людей в крови, поэтому два программиста из наших палестин решили добавить несколько новых переменных к знакомой формуле и на выходе получить довольно простую, но не лишенную индивидуальности головоломку из серии "сложи три круга в ряд и будешь молодец".

Суть понятна с первых же секунд, для победы на всех уровнях необходимо объединить круги одного цвета в единую цепь (собственно, отсюда и название - Chains), состоящую из трех или более элементов, или "пузырей", как их тут называют. Но есть небольшой твист - все "пузыри" на уровнях действуют согласно законам физики и имеют свою массу, кроме того на каждом новом этапе меняются условия победы. Скажем, на одном уровне нужно успеть набрать определенное количество очков, не потеряв при этом указанное число объектов. При этом сам уровень, как правило, представляет из себя конструкцию, которая может вращаться, двигаться, либо представлять из себя противовес. Каждый из 20 этапов оригинален. Игра довольно простая, но есть ряд нюансов, которые с определенной точки зрения можно записать в недостатки...

Основная претензия, что разработчики слишком положились на генератор случайных чисел. Каждый раз объекты на уровне и их цвет создаются случайным образом. Не повезло с текущим набором? Игра подкинула "пузырь" не того цвета, или они банально неправильно легли? Game Over или Restart. Продолжать в том же духе, пока не повезет...

Несмотря на это, Chains - простая и ненавязчивая головоломка, которая позволяет приятно провести время и размять застоявшиеся извилины.
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Personal rating - 6 out of 10

It's almost next to impossible to reinvent a certain genre when it's rules were formulated and proclaimed a long time ago. Take a widely-known "3 in a row" sub-genre as an example which was used as a fundament for dozens of casual games that look practically the same and even developers might be having a hard time telling one from another. But two russian programmers decided to add some new variables to the old formula, resulting in creating old new game with a twist.

The core of gameplay is as clear as a day, no significant changes here. In order to win you have to make a chain by adding 3 or more objects (or "bubbles") of the same color in a group. But things aren't as easy as they may seem at first. Developers used a 2D physics engine which allows bubbles to have their own mass, to collide and to interact with each other. Besides, every level in the game has it's own goal, no repetitions. Say, one level has you to score a certain amount of points without losing a defined amount of bubbles etc. Each level stands out as a construction of some sort, some can be moving, rotating, have a counterweight or have a number of obstacles along the way. Despite of that the game is pretty simple yet some of it's features may stumble or even inspire frustration...

Complain number 1 is developers' reliance on randomizer. If you wasn't quite lucky with the initial set of bubbles on the screen, or the ones falling from beyond do not meet your requirements for matching them up, keep in mind that may cripple or stagger your progress or even force you to Restart.

Despite of mentioned above, Chains is a nicely made and thought-out puzzle game which fulfils it's purpose to entertain and gives your brain a working load.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 7
Pros:
- No learning curve at all: Just 'link' the bubbles.
- Creative: The levels are quite different from each other, except for 2 almost identical levels where one is required to 'link' a certain number of bubbles (only this 'number' changes).
-The music is relaxing, as mentioned in other reviews.

Cons:
- The game itself is not relaxing at all!
- More often than not, there is a countdown timer, making one either rush or fail.
- Too much depends on luck, and not on one's play style -- especially on higher difficulties.

Neutral:
- Each level unlocks the next.

Verdict:
- Fun for 1-2 times, possibly to see different difficulties. However, I definitely would not pay full price (£3.99 at the moment) for this game (got it 90% off).
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 20
Imagine, if you would, sitting in a forest clearing by a stream. The forest is silent, save for the gentle sound of the water, and a soft breeze moving through the leaves. Imagine that breeze lightly touching your cheek as you enjoy the gentle warmth of the sun as it shines from a cloudless sky.

Okay, now imagine that stream just swells and crashes onto you like a violent tsunami, sucking you in and spitting you out like you're nothing but a plastic bag caught in a tornado. Imagine the leaves turn into knives, forcing you to move faster than you're actually capable of moving, but, driven by the desperate need to survive, you manage, barely, to survive with only a few severed arteries.

Then, it all stops.

The river returns to its gentle flow, the leaves blow gently in the breeze, and you're left there, bloody, exhausted, and eerily relaxed after the worst is over.

This is not a game.

This is a life choice.

This is Chains.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
Nice game with cool soundtracks and an easy gameplay, a bit short but with some records for every level that you can break as often as you can. I recommend this game for friends of puzzle games.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 28
A simple game that manages to keep your attention for abit. No pros or Cons needed here, Everyone's welcome to a casual game. Cheap on the wallet. I would recommend waiting for it to go on sale though especially if your building up your steam library
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 1
To start off, I bought this game for 50 cents with a 90 percent off coupon, from its original price of 4.99. That's a pretty good deal in my opinon at least. I like to think of these types of games as Flash Games, or rather those you can play on the internet for free. Thus meaning I do think the price on this is a bit to high, and 99 cents instead would be quite a great deal.

Compared to a free web game, this game offers the same amount of gamplay, level systems and what not, you finish one you go the next, pretty simple. But that also means that is the only things it offers if you know what I mean.

My most favorite feature of the game is the soundtrack. I can listen to it all day playing the game, or just sitting around. I also think it goes perfectly with the games feel, being a puzzle game.

Even though this game is farely simple it didn't give instructions, or something on those line. When I first jumped in I didn't know what I was doing, or what I could or could not do basically.

To conclude if I didn't get that coupon I would not have bought this game. If the price was 99 cents or something, I probally still would not have bought it, that is just because I don't like Puzzle games in general. But I will say if there was a seperate perchase of just buying the soundtrack, you can count me in for sure! Overall I will give it 4.5/10
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 15
Fun game, good music. HOWEVER, it is a short game (a few hours at most), and it is NOT worth the $5 normal price. Wait until it goes on sale. I got it on sale for 50 cents.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 2
Sure, its okay....
but only if you get it for 50 Cents like I did
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 5
Nifty little physics puzzler. Some levels require a good dose of luck, others are purely strategic. Great music and pretty looking levels.
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