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.
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Mostly Positive (454 reviews) - 75% of the 454 user reviews for this game are positive.
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

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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
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 15
fun game but it gets kind of depressing after a while.
i was receiving high levels of mental stress when i was playing this game.
playing this game also makes me kinda tired.

it's probably just me and my habit of trying to associate the games concept with some kind of metaphor.
o well...

i like the music though. :3 reminds me of my childhood where
the stores were filled with these kind of games. oldschool concept. :)

have fun playing this game guys :]



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39 of 53 people (74%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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30 of 38 people (79%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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 has 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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21 of 24 people (88%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
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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21 of 27 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 8, 2015
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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14 of 15 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 7, 2014
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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13 of 17 people (76%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 9, 2013
Some of the challenges require far to much luck (like flipper) and in others (like stream) are too vage on how they are scoring you. On the other hand some of the challenges are extreamly easy and are passed on the first attempt. There are a couple of good puzzles but they are so few it doesn't make up for the downside of this game.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 24, 2013
Buy? Yes. It's a SURPRISINGLY and REFRESHINGLY GOOD match 3 (or more) physics puzzler. Normally, I'd shy away from either of those genre's, but it was a small download thanks to the Indie Royale Prarie Dog bundle. The main mechanic is linking adjacent, like colored orbs together in chains of 3 or more. Left click to link, right click to cancel - those are your controls. The goal widely varies from level to level - the first level requires you to just make enough chains, the next requires to continue making chains on a weight based door before it becomes too heavy with constantly falling orbs. One level requires you to keep a stream of orbs falling while preventing clogs in a "pipe" level, another has you try to make a big chain as orbs fly from the edges of the screen to the center based on gravity. Another has you link different sized orbs that are worth points relative to their size, and you have to make a chain with the exact score. It's surprisingly clever and very enjoyable with a great soundtrack (A link to the artist's page is on the game's site). The cheap gradient effect of the orbs kinda clash with the crisp, PixelJunk-esq background graphics (which look good IMO), but it's not the worst thing in the world. I got through half of the game in about 30 minutes, so you can probably beat the game in a couple hours, unless you get stuck (I'm stuck on Level 11). A very neat title that I'm glad that I found.
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 10, 2014
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
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12 of 17 people (71%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 7, 2014
Something new and fresh to kill some time, a great indie work.
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february13rose
0.2 hrs
Posted: September 10
Expected a casual fun little game and instead got this.. frustrating little game.

Oh no! The stream is getting clogged!

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killerkid700
2.2 hrs
Posted: August 18
So, I love this game. Its great. Just want to get that out of the way. That being said, I truly hate this game!

So here's what you wanna try and do

>Start the first level up
>Play it past completion
>Then try and get one of the three sections to be all the same colour

My friend and I gave it a go the other night and after about an hour of trying, I gave up and went outside to chain smoke (no pun intended)

This game is a nice bit of mindless fun that, if you want to, you can truly think about and try very hard to get all the colours to be the same.

If I was to describe my experience with trying to get all the colours the same I would probably say its like a packaged version of suicidal depression!

Over all 8/10 needs more water
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ColtRang
9.5 hrs
Posted: August 9
relaxing
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Wizard
0.2 hrs
Posted: July 25
What the crap is this game?
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cinedine
1.8 hrs
Posted: July 25
A fairly simplistic phyiscs based kind-of Match-3 puzzle game.

It's not really a Match-3, but more aking to 4 Elements. You draw a line connecting same coloured blobs to make them vanish. The 20 levels offer a great variety of goals in changing environmental rule sets. For example you have to combine 40 blobs at once while they are all attracted to the center of the screen and new ones flying in with every match, not lose a set amount of blobs on a rotating device for 3 minutes, or balancing scales while each blob has a value attached to it.

Although the game tries for each level to be unique, some mechanics and missions are repeated, which feels a bit weird since the game is rather short as it is. You will be hard pressed to spend longer than two hours on a full playthrough, despite the later levels getting increasingly luck depending. As a matter of fact, "skill" is rather unimportant in the game and you will find yourself often under the pressure of making connection as fast as possible or having enough time to either accumulate the need amount of blobs for a combination or brute force your way to success.

A nice little game for in-between. But the five Dollar price tag seems a bit exaggerated.
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RetroGa
0.1 hrs
Posted: July 15
to delete please

it's have a HUGE bug in it
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JimmyCODmaster04
0.3 hrs
Posted: July 2
chains: unchained undercity underground underpowered under unleashed underwater edition
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Relieve the Nightmare
2.3 hrs
Posted: June 30
Typical greenlight ♥♥♥♥. 1/10. 1 point for easy levels.
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RyanAirr
0.3 hrs
Posted: June 18
Its a good game to play when you're bored
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