I want to tell that something reminds/hint us of another thing. For example, in an application, a sorting method used in it has similarities to bubble sort but not completely the same. In this case, when reading about the sorting method used in the application reminds or hints me of, or brings to mind the idea of bubble sort. So, I tried to put this idea into a sentence this way:
The sorting method used in the application reminisces bubble sort.
But in this sentence, is the word reminisces used appropriately?
So I thought of phrasing it the other way:
The sorting method used in the application is a reminiscent of bubble sort.
I seldom hear the word reminiscent being used in this context and it sounds weird when I use it this way. Is it correct?
Since it also feels like a hint, I thought maybe I could use the word "allude":
The sorting method used in the application alludes bubble sort.
Here, again, alludes doesn't sound like a right word to use.
What word or way of phrasing should I use to get this idea across clearly?