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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.
Release Date: Nov 25, 2008
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Includes 4 items: Gumboy - Crazy Adventures™, Tank Universal, Obulis, Chains

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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 the 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

PC System Requirements

    • 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

Mac System Requirements

    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
32 of 38 people (84%) found this review helpful
412 products in account
40 reviews
3.0 hrs on record
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.
Posted: March 21st, 2014
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
437 products in account
116 reviews
6.6 hrs on record
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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 25th, 2014
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14 of 20 people (70%) found this review helpful
578 products in account
79 reviews
2.0 hrs on record
Unless I'm remembering wrong, there's nothing especially worthwhile here. I finished it with under 2 hours of playtime and the game retails at $5. I don't think I'd recommend playing this unless you get it in a bundle.
Posted: March 24th, 2014
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12 of 17 people (71%) found this review helpful
47 products in account
12 reviews
1.2 hrs on record
Something new and fresh to kill some time, a great indie work.
Posted: April 7th, 2014
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
7 products in account
2 reviews
0.3 hrs on record
First impression: At first I thought this may be a chill - casual relaxing game... match up colours and have fun with it.. NOPE! This 'game' will rip out your heart and chew on it for breakfast!

I recommend it for everyone!
Posted: April 15th, 2014
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