Developer: Andy Makes
Price: $0.99
Version: 1.1
App Reviewed on: iPhone 4S

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

Overall Rating: ★★★½☆

Bounce Box looks like a typical arcade game at first, but it morphs into a psychotropic trip as players advance in the game. The trance-like chiptune music and color morphing background work together to create a hypnotizing game, but the simple game play may affect its replay value.

The goal of this endless action game is to keep all the balls in the box. Tapping on one of the four sides of the box places a paddle on the screen that bounces the balls. As players progress in the game, new balls continue to float into the area all while the enchanting background changes colors. I particularly enjoyed how the visuals became more juicy as the game progressed.

The catch is that players only have three lives. Losing a ball equates to one lost life. When players lose all three lives, the game comes to an abrupt end.

Bounce Box includes a handful of Game Center achievements as well as a leader board for gamers to compete with their friends and players around the world. The leader board may either be viewed in Game Center or within the game itself.

Bounce Box is all about challenging gamers’ reflexes and climbing to the top of the leader board. There aren’t any power ups or items to collect— making the game play quite repetitive. Although it’s a fun and basic game, many players may not be compelled to continue playing. With only one game play mode, 12 Game Center achievements and no in-game challenges, the replay value of this game suffers.

Also, there was one issue with the interface that would improve the game play. The game provides players with a pause button, but there is not a restart button nor is there a way to quickly access the main menu from within the game. Gamers are forced to either play the game or pause it to play later.

Despite these few setbacks, the basic game play, visuals and music are the key selling points of Bounce Box. Combining all these features together creates a mind-blowing game that truly captivates gamers of all ages. For less than a dollar, Bounce Box is a great way to relax while killing time.

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