Developer: Ayopa Games
Price: $2.99
Version Reviewed: 1.0.1
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5

Graphics / Sound Rating: ★★★½☆
Game Controls Rating: ★★★½☆
Gameplay Rating: ★★★★☆
Replay Value Rating: ★★★★☆

Overall Rating: ★★★½☆

On the surface, Bezircle doesn’t look overly exciting. A game about capturing rotating orbs, it looks like the kind of puzzle game that many have seen before. In a way it is, but it takes that format and twists it, turning into a much faster-paced experience than most. It’s all the better for it, too.

bezircle3Part strategy game, part arcade puzzle game, Bezircle is all about grabbing orbs before the opposition. Each level consists of a series of spinning orbs that one can negotiate by touching a button. Actually capturing the orb involves holding a finger to that same button in order to encircle or ‘bezircle’ the orb. The opposition can frequently recapture such orbs, unless it’s a special, locked orb, so time is of the essence. Planning is essential too, as one can only capture adjoining orbs so it’s wise to plan ahead. Throw in a plethora of power-ups and other obstacles, and Bezircle soon turns quite tactical for such a simple concept.

Bezircle eases players in quite well, which is convenient as it’s slightly awkward to get the hang of the timing behind switching from orb to orb, even after tackling the tutorial. Soon enough though, something clicks and Bezircle becomes a much more enjoyable experience. Each level offers a selection of objectives to work towards, often to do with being quick or efficient.

bezircle2Competing against numerous AI opponents at once is pretty satisfying but it’s an altogether better experience when up against friends via the local multiplayer mode. A variety of different arenas enhance the fun that can be had.

With both a comprehensive single and multiplayer campaign, and a surprising amount of depth for such a simple idea, Bezircle is pretty fun. It might look a little unexciting but there’s more going for it than one would expect, proving that it’s a rewarding purchase to make.


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