Chain Reaction is an entertaining little free game where you try to explode as many balls as possible in one chain of explosions.
Overall Score: 4/5
The gameplay is challenging and interesting, and the visuals are good, but the sound and lasting value is only average.
If you’re looking for a relaxing yet slightly challenging game to play in your down time, Chain Reaction is a great choice. The gameplay probably won’t impress you at first glance, but it becomes pretty fun once you get going. Trying to predict where the best place to start the explosion is always fun. The controls are very simple and work exactly as they should, just tap on the screen to start the explosion! The scoring system makes the game more entertaining, since each explosion increases in point value if you chain the explosion together with multiple explosions on one string. Overall, it’s a fun game to pick up and play around with when you have an extra 15 minutes in your day.
The presentation is very simple, but has some positives. The visuals are basic but functional, and even have a nice visual hint where the screen’s border will turn green when you have completed the requirement for each level. The sounds are equally basic, but could be better if the sounds of the explosions would increase in pitch as you chained more explosions together, which would serve as an awesome auditory clue as to how your score is doing. However, the game gets extra presentation points for loading decently fast and resuming perfectly. Whether you use the back button to return to the game, turn off the screen, or re-launch it from the Games hub, it always jumps back to right where you were.
Lasting Value: 3/5
The game lasts a decent amount of time since it has two different gameplay modes and encourages you to replay the game for a higher score thanks to its interesting scoring system. It also does have an online leaderboard you can compete in, but it only features all-time high scores, and doesn’t let you see exactly where you ranked in comparison to everyone else. Also, there’s no way to keep track of your own personal high scores, so unless you’re one of the top 100 worldwide, you will never know what score you have received previously.
Chain Reaction can be found in Marketplace here.