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 (327 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

PC
Mac
    • 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
0 of 3 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
The music of this game tells you alot about the game: it's slow and boring. I could play alot more fun puzzle games then this one.
Posted: October 2
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0.8 hrs on record
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
Posted: September 28
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1.8 hrs on record
let me put it this way:
If the level is not based on luck, you play it, you beat it. Done. Not so hard.
If the level is based on luck, wich the later levels tend to be, it sucks.
Clear 300 balls before losing 20. Yeah i would like to, but the random ball creatore pared with the physical distribution make it impossible, to make any chain of 3 out of 11 balls. Dont lose 20, and 11 just drop out and there is nothing you can do about it...
On the other hand, it is cheaper than a las vegas casino.
Posted: October 1
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0.2 hrs on record
Only worth the soundtrack xD 5/10
Posted: October 8
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0.5 hrs on record
This game is awful.
Posted: October 9
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1.7 hrs on record
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.
Posted: October 20
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
6.6 hrs on record
[See the English version below]

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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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.
Posted: July 25
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Chains offers a relaxing puzzle experience, but not much else.

Pros: Music, Graphics
Cons: Gameplay, Luck, Value

Originally released in 2008, Chains' twenty puzzles each give a slightly different challenge. The music provides a nearly perfect atmostphere for relaxation and the graphics are simple and easy to understand.

However, the gameplay itself is rather boring with wildly varying difficulties. Some levels require little to no thought while others require a nearly perfect combination of RNG to win. But the biggest strike against Chains is that many other games offer the same casual, puzzle experience for free.

Chains simply doesn't stand out enough among other free games.

6/10
Posted: May 10
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
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).
Posted: July 7
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
I was happy to be getting back into the puzzles genre, but was dissapointed that this was a luck based fiasco.
Posted: September 6
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
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
Posted: June 1
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
I didnt realize this is what was missing from my life
Posted: June 6
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
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.
Posted: June 25
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
i hate this game, it just suck.
Posted: June 14
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
In short, I hate this game. The levels seem unfair or way to easy and personally, I hate the music xD
I was in the middle of a level and I accidently tabbed out and I went to go back in and it went from the desktop to the game and back again forever so I had to restart my computer.

So............... 0/10 - Terrible game
Posted: June 18
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Good fun if you got a few minutes to kill.

Got it with the "Puzzle Indie Pack" for 0,99€ with a coupon.
Posted: May 26
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
26.8 hrs on record
I can't stop playing this stupid simple game I lied!
Posted: August 7
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Chains is the tragic tale of a chain gang jail in Georgia. You play as the ultimate organizer, and you must chain together people by their skin color in order to send them out to do manual labor. The cruel ways in which the are first beaten and left to the sides made me tear up everytime because I just wanted to treat them as best as I could. Insted, they get slapped aside and piled so high that they start to fall and die.

Tragic game

Chain gangs are illegal out of the state of Georgia.
Posted: June 3
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
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.
Posted: June 15
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Sure, its okay....
but only if you get it for 50 Cents like I did
Posted: July 2
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