The 7 Best Bubble Shooter Games on the Web
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So, you have a few minutes to kill. You don’t want to run down the battery on your phone, and you don’t want to install anything on your computer. You need one of these bubble shooter games.

The web is full of free time wasters from clickers to puzzle games. And if you’re looking for a puzzle game that isn’t yet another spin on Tetris, a bubble shooter might be the perfect solution.

What Are Bubble Shooter Games?

Bubble shooters are a subgenre of the match three game. The premise is simple: shoot bubbles from the bottom of the screen to line up with matching bubbles at the top. The twist comes in the Breakout-influenced way you can deflect bubbles off of the side of the screen.

The original bubble shooter game was Puzzle Bobble, an arcade game released in 1994. Puzzle Bobble took its look and characters from an older game, the 1986 classic Bubble Bobble. If you remember Bubble Bobble you may have spent too long playing arcade games in the 80s How You Know You Spent Too Long Playing Arcade Games In The 1980s… How You Know You Spent Too Long Playing Arcade Games In The 1980s… The problem with arcade games -- as with any kind of video games, old or new -- was their addictive qualities that suck you in and refuse to let go until you (and your dwindling... Read More .

1. Bubble Shooter

Bubble Shooter is one of the more basic takes on the format

While it’s not as old as the game that started it all, Bubble Shooter has been around for a long time. This is one of the simplest takes you’ll find on the genre, which makes it a great place to start. Just start aiming and clicking to make your matches.

The game uses HTML5, so it should work in any browser. You don’t need to worry about Flash or any other plugins. You can play this anywhere, but considering the way the play field is laid out, it’s a better fit for the desktop than it is for your phone.

2. Smarty Bubbles

Smarty Bubbles is simple, but still addictive

Smarty Bubbles doesn’t offer much in the way of building on top of the bubble shooter formula. That said, it looks nicer than Bubble Shooter, and it uses a narrower play field. That makes this game much better suited to mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets.

When you shoot the bubbles, they shift slightly. It’s no complex physics simulation, but it does give a better visual indication of where your shot is landing.

3. Candy Bubble

Candy Bubble might be the best-looking bubble shooter

Candy Bubble offers a combination of straightforward bubble shooter gameplay with candy-coated graphics that bring Candy Crush to mind. It’s also a great introduction to the genre. Instead of starting out with a massive group of semi-randomized bubbles, you’ll start with simpler groupings.

Candy Bubble also uses the three-star system made popular by games like Angry Birds. This adds a nice layer of replayability on top of the basic mechanics. The game also includes other quality-of-life features, like a visual indicator that shows how shots will bounce off walls, helping you get the hang of deflected shots.

4. Kitty Bubbles

Kitty Bubble fills the cat meme slot on this list

We’re talking about games you play online here, so of course there is a version with cats. Hey, it is the internet.

In Kitty Bubbles, balls of yarn replace the usual bubbles. A cat sits at the bottom of the screen in place of the usual launcher, swatting your ball of yarn up to join the others.

This game is also mobile friendly, to the point that it’s pillar-boxed if you play it in a browser on your computer. Kitty Bubbles doesn’t shake up the genre, but it’s a solid bubble shooter.

5. Bubbles Shooter

Bubbles Shooter has an unremarkable name but plays great

No, that’s not a typo in the name. This is a different game than Bubble Shooter, and it’s not just because of the extra letter in the title. To start, it has music and sound effects, which may or may not matter to you, but it’s nice to see them included.

Bubbles Shooter also allows you to store and swap a single bubble. This is handy when you’re one shot away from a game-saving combo and don’t get the right color. It doesn’t break the game, but it will help prevent a game over in certain situations.

6. Soccer Bubble

Soccer Bubble doesn't add much to the formula, but it's an interesting take

Like Kitty Bubbles, Soccer Bubble is more of a visual overhaul of the bubble shooter genre than an actual different take. Here the bubbles are replaced by—yep, you guessed it—soccer balls, while the launcher at the bottom is a human.

Other than the visual changes, this is a basic bubble shooter. That said, the changes to the graphical elements might just make it your favorite of the more basic bubble shooters on the web.

7. Bubble Dragons

Bubbles Shooter has an unremarkable name but plays great

Bubble Dragons takes the general idea of a bubble shooter and runs with it. This could just be a graphical overhaul, but instead it reaches much further. The goal here is to not just match three bubbles of the same color, but to match them near dragon eggs.

If you successfully match three near one of these eggs, it explodes. This explosion has a radius, and if another egg is within that radius, it will explode as well. This lets you set up massive combos in a way that we don’t often see in basic bubble shooters.

This is also one of the few bubble shooter games that is friendly to color blind players, with icons showing each bubble type so that you don’t have to rely solely on color.

Bubble Dragons also has the swap-out mechanic found in Bubbles Shooter, plus music and sound effects. Like Candy Bubble, there is a nice visual ricochet indicator to help you bank shots more easily. There are also more mechanics we could mention, but you’ll have more fun discovering them on your own.

More Puzzle Games to Play in Your Browser

While bubble shooter games can and do have varying mechanics and twists, they’re all based on the same formula.

Fortunately, bubble shooters aren’t the only type of game you can play for free on the web. You’ll also find tower defense and clicker games, plus lots of puzzle games.

We’ve previously gathered together a list of the best puzzle games to play in your web browser 20 Cool Puzzle Games You Can Play Free in Your Browser 20 Cool Puzzle Games You Can Play Free in Your Browser Browser-based games are perfect for a quick casual game. Pick one from these quick puzzle games to stimulate your brain. Read More along with excellent browser games that don’t require Adobe Flash. Which includes other games in the match three genre, as well as some unique puzzle games.

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  1. Faheem
    September 2, 2016 at 4:56 pm

    If you like bubble shooter games, 'Jungle Tree Bubble Shooter' is a must-have as part of your bubble games assemblage. Puzzling stages, Jungle scene with the spirited monkey and hundreds of levels make it a special bubble shooter game. It’s free (Free with in-app purchases) to download on Google Play and App store.

  2. Yasir
    August 26, 2016 at 11:12 am

    But my favorite is Jungle Tree Bubble Shooter. Simple and easy to clear all stages not difficult like other battery-eater games.

  3. Jashon
    July 7, 2016 at 8:45 am

    Are you serious????!!!! xDDD

    Best bubble games are:

    Bubble Witch Saga 2
    Bubble Pop Guriko
    Panda Pop
    Angry Birds Pop!

    All of this are awesome! :D

  4. NomDeGuerre
    March 16, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    I'm a sucker for Kongregate's badge & points system. My favourite bubble games there, which easily compete with this list, are:< [Broken Link Removed]

  5. NomDeGuerre
    March 16, 2010 at 7:11 am

    I'm a sucker for Kongregate's badge & points system. My favourite bubble games there, which easily compete with this list, are:

    http://www.kongregate.com/games/MINDistortion/bubbles-2
    http://www.kongregate.com/games/HeroInteractive/bubble-tanks-2
    http://www.kongregate.com/games/HeroInteractive/bubble-tanks-tower-defense

  6. TC
    March 11, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    Oh, no! Don't forget Bubble Spinner. This is my fav of all bubble shooter games.

  7. Swapnil
    March 9, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    Nice,good compilation. I always play Jungle Shooter just to relax for some time and it is kind of addictive!

  8. Briggs
    March 9, 2010 at 8:11 am

    The truly original game would be Taito's Puzzle Bobble: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puzzle_Bobble

  9. Briggs
    March 9, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    The truly original game would be Taito's Puzzle Bobble: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P...

  10. Aibek
    March 9, 2010 at 3:00 am

    I remember playing one of those, not sure which version though, maaan it's addictive.

  11. albert
    March 8, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    I love Frozen Bubble on Linux! It's kind of silly, but sometimes you need these little diversions throughout the day.

  12. Rigg
    March 9, 2010 at 3:27 am

    I think Dynomite by PopCap Games is the game.
    http://www.popcap.com/games/fr...

  13. Alex
    March 8, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    Bubble Struggle was based off of Bubble Trouble, and, as far as I know, has nothing to do with Bubble Shooter.

    • Ryan Dube
      March 8, 2010 at 3:46 pm

      Thanks Alex - that's why I wrote that it's "subtly" based on it, but I still wanted to include it as it is a "bubble shooter" game!

  14. Imee
    March 8, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    I just LOVE bubble shooter games...although I've never tried any of these before. I used to play one very similar to Jungle Shooter but I forgot what it's called. You kinda break dyno eggs. I lost the installer CD and I don't even remember its name. Can anyone tell me what that one's called? I miss playing it that's all. But I'll check these other ones out too :]

    • Rigg
      March 8, 2010 at 6:27 pm

      I think Dynomite by PopCap Games is the game.
      http://www.popcap.com/games/free/dynomite

      • greenpeace
        March 17, 2010 at 12:47 am

        i totally agree with Dynomite. i'm so addicted to it one time i almost dreamed about it!....=D