You are a soap bubble in this action arcade game by Anders Gustafsson of Sweden. It seems that while playing with your friends, you discover a strange hole behind a bush that appears to go deep into the earth. Curious, you investigate to find that the hole is just large enough to fit through, so down you go. As you enter the cave, some rocks fall behind you and block your exit. Now the only way out is through.
Using the [arrow] keys for movement, float the soap bubble through each of the 14 levels of the game to reach the exit and guarantee your safety. The soap bubble floats ever so gently, just as you would expect from a soap bubble. Without touching any keys, the bubble will fall gradually to the ground. Pressing any arrow key increases the speed of the bubble in that direction, and for as long as you hold it down. Therefore, very light and continuous touches are required to navigate the soap bubble successfully through each level.
There are no time limits in Soap Bubble, so there is no need to rush through it. In fact, slow and steady is recommended most of the time. Since the levels are filled with a multitude of hazards, the game requires precision control to make it through safely, thus making the game rank high on the difficulty scale. The game rewards you with a cheat code every other level to use in the event of an untimely death. Just enter the code at the main title screen to restart the game one level back from where you received it.
Overall, Soap Bubbles is a very simple game to pick up and play, yet offers gameplay that will challenge even the most hardcore gamer. The graphics are plain, as you might expect from a cave, though decorated with animations that bring the cave to life. The soundtrack is atmospheric and moody, which nicely complements the other thematic elements of the game. It shows that Anders is well-versed in Flash game design, and I look forward to playing more of his games.