Level 488- the crystals are tricky

 Bubble Witch Saga Level 488

Line matching colored bubbles under a set of matching colored crystals. This shot will shatter the crystals exposing a pair of matching bubbles.

Line matching colored bubbles under a set of matching colored crystals. This shot will shatter the crystals exposing a pair of matching bubbles.

Strategies, Pictures and Tips by Jo Ellen Hamilton
Starting Bubbles: 55
Recommended Potions: All
Charms/Wishes:
Points to get 1, 2, 3 Stars: 30 000, 40 000, 50 000
Special Bubbles: 
Crystal Bubble Crystal Bubbles
black bubble-is-hard-as-rock Black Bubbles
Bomb Bubble 5 Bomb Bubbles
Linked Bubble, Special bubble type Linked Bubbles 3 sets
Ghost Lock on Chain 2 Lock Bubbles (1 chain)

Pic 488a:  You have a Bomb ignited when you open the game. You will be working on each side breaking the Crystals. Do not waste your bubbles cracking the Crystals in the middle. It is going to be very easy to run out of level 488abubbles in this game.  Start building up your colors of two on the right side of first row to crack the Crystals and get your Bomb dropped. You now have access to the pink link.  Break the Crystals on the left to get access to the green link. Hit both links and the Bomb on the right will drop. Now drop the bomb on the left. Again go to the right, break your Crystals and drop that row. Now work on opening up your locks on each side. Once it is unlocked you will notice a bubble on each side of the yellow link and is sitting between the Black bubbles. Get rid of those and you can now see the ceiling. Hit the yellow link and a Bomb will then ignite on left. Hit the green link and that will drop the Bomb, but will ignite the one on the right. Drop that one, then move on to the ceiling. TIP: Save your Rainbow Bubble to use for the upper area.

Editor’s note:  When breaking through your crystals find a set of matching colored crystals.  Then place a different color of matching bubbles side by side underneath (see closeup).  When you hit the bubbles with your third matching bubble your crystals will shatter exposing a set of matching bubbles.  This will decrease the number of single shots you will use. level 488b

Pic 488b: When you drop the lower black bubbles, use single shots on one side and a rainbow bubble on the other to decrease the number of single shots used.  Do whichever side works out best in your layout.

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