Developer: Deadly Serious Media
Price: FREE
Version Reviewed: 1.0
App Reviewed on: iPhone 4S/iPad Mini Retina

Graphics / Sound Rating: ★★★☆☆
Gameplay Rating: ★★★☆☆
Playtime Rating: ★★½☆☆
Replay Value Rating: ★★★½☆

Overall Rating: ★★★☆☆

iOS games don’t get much simpler than Bouncy Bit; a game that looks as if it’s been ported directly from an old Nokia. So why in God’s name can’t I put it down?

Gameplay consists of controlling a blocky pixel as it bounds around the screen; think Pong, but now the ball is the star of the show. As the ball falls in sync with gravity, players must tap on the screen to bounce it upwards and towards the wall on either side. In addition to the lethal spikes jutting out from the top and bottom of the screen, more spikes randomly appear from either side of the screen, forcing players to time their taps correctly and if they want to survive.

20140224-223107.jpg 20140224-223111.jpgBouncy Bit can often feel unfairly difficult. I would have appreciated the option of removing the top and bottom spikes permanently, or at the very least the addition of an easy mode with less spikes protruding from the walls at once. Obviously simplicity was the name of the game here, but for some it’ll invite cause for a speedy deletion. It is also guilty of being extremely unforgiving when it comes to how close players can be to a spike before they perish. Of course this frustration usually just led to loading it back up again, which is possible to do several times in one minute.

It may not push boundaries in any sense (and might even be contributing to the onslaught of dime a dozen novelty games saturating the Store lately thanks to a certain flappy avian pest), and it could be more visually and sonically stimulating, but Bouncy Bit is effortlessly addictive and captures the essence of those retro mobile games of years gone by.


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