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Kumbh Karan

For: Mobile

Bursting the bubble

Product: Kumbh Karan | Developer: Reliance Games | Publisher: Reliance Games | Format: Mobile | Genre: Action, Casual, Film/ TV tie- in | Players: 1 | Format: J2ME | File size: 486KB | Version: Europe
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It's with a certain sense of symmetry that I sit down to tap out this review of Kumbh Karan – a game primarily concerned with popping balloons.

That's because it well and truly deserves to have its bubble burst.

So vapid are its contents that unless it has an arrow shot straight through its heart its lighter-than-light nature is likely to result in it sailing out of view.

A load of hot air

Kumbh Karan – which is designed to tie in with the Nickelodeon show of the same name – is ultimately harmless, but it's also undeserving of your cash.

The concept is so simple that it barely registers. Playing as the thinner of the franchise's two brothers, your role is to shoot arrows from the side of the screen as your plumper twin slowly releases balloons from the bottom.

Launched by hitting the '5' key, each arrow bends through the air. With a set number of balloons to burst each stage, success comes from judging how to accommodate said bias when firing at your flighty foe.

And that's all there is to it. Later levels attempt to ramp things up by putting blockers in your way, but by and large once you've had a crack at Kumbh Karan's first stage you've seen all it has to offer.

Out of time

The addition of different coloured balloons – and, indeed, balloons with others trapped inside them – attempts to add a sense of strategy to events, but given that they're only released in only twos and threes anyway the idea of aiming for specific targets is redundant.

While this is all no problem in itself – if firing off arrows one after the other is your thing, then you've definitely struck gold here – it's not clear that this is a game at all.

Undoubtedly, Kumbh Karan is aimed at Nickelodeon's somewhat youthful audience, and as such it's unlikely Jump Games was ever going to serve up anything too complex.

But Kumbh Karan is particularly uneventful. It's hard to imagine the developers spent too long on it, which is exactly why you shouldn't either.
Kumbh Karan
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Keith Andrew | 19 August 2011
A total non-event, Kumbh Karan's balloon burster is less a terrible game, and more not a game at all
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