Version Reviewed: 1.1
App Reviewed on: iPad mini Retina
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Bounsy is a multi-touch, physics-based game that wants to make players an integral part of the gaming experience. It does this by reacting to their touch and making them a part of each level in the form of a physical, movable barrier.
Once the stream of bouncy balls begins to pour out of their container, players will need to guide as many as possible into the permeated barrier of the goal(s). To do this they'll need to deflect, control, and push the balls by touching the screen with one or two fingers, creating a solid round pad between the balls and eternal nothingness (bit dramatic?). The more balls that enter the target area, the better the score/star rating. However, the speed and bounciness of the balls means it can often end in a chaotic scramble, so getting the highest score isn't easy.
Similar to other physics-based games such as Where's My Water, the key here is to control the flow of the balls so that a hefty amount enter the end zone while a few strays take care of the 3 stars scattered around each stage. There are also deadly red zones that need to be avoided, highlighted against the colorful pastel blocks that comprise each course.
Bounsy feels like something new and completely interactive. As opposed to other physics-based games of this kind that have players plan ahead before watching it all unfurl before them, Bounsy forces players to react in the most effective way possible. The initial 10 levels are free, and if players can find enough friends to download the app and input their unique code, they'll unlock the other packs for free as well - otherwise it's $0.99 for an instant unlock. Either way, they'll definitely have a ball playing Bounsy.