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Developer: Lipasto Games
Price: FREE
Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 4

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

Overall Rating: ★★★½☆

Style over substance is a common problem within all forms of media. Admittedly, Billy the Painter has much more style than it has deep gameplay, but that’s not to say it’s not quite fun to play. Encased in a classy black and white appearance alongside stylistic nods to the 1920s, Billy the Painter is certainly eye catching. It lifts the fairly staid gameplay immensely.

Players are tasked with the role of painting the floor of an old factory. It doesn’t sound particularly interesting but it provides the means of a simple yet enjoyable game mechanic. Players have to tap on the screen in a clear area then watch as a wave of paint expands, until it hits the already finished part of the floor. The key is to fill large areas before this happens, with an increasingly higher requirement placed upon each level. The first stage might require only 50% of the floor to be covered but it’s not long until much higher expectations are placed on the player, with only three errors allowed.

That’s all there is to it, with no sign of power ups or anything particularly taxing. There are bonus points to earn in the form of covering over blue splotches on the floor, as well as a bonus level at regular intervals, but the key concept behind Billy the Painter is as simple as it sounds.

There’s no hugely defined structure to Billy the Painter, other than simply trying to beat your previous high score, but this lends itself to those short bursts of gaming everyone enjoys throughout the day. The appeal of Billy the Painter might be relatively short lived but its charm resides for a while afterwards.

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