Developer: Team Phobic
Price: $1.99
Version Reviewed: 1.1
App Reviewed on: iPad Air

Graphics / Sound Rating: ★★★★☆ 
User Interface Rating: ★★★☆☆
Gameplay Rating: ★★★½☆
Re-use / Replay Value Rating: ★★★★☆

Overall Rating: ★★★½☆

Stanton doesn’t have the most exciting life. As a scientist’s pet goldfish, he spends most of his days doing the usual goldfish activities. However, his world is shaken up when the lab he resides in explodes, and his fish bowl rolls its way into another reality altogether.

IMG_0979In Fish Bowl Roll, players take control of Stanton as he rolls his way around a series of undulating tracks throughout a variety of worlds full of bizarre looking creatures and wacky scenery – all while on a mission to pick up as much candy as possible. Stanton is maneuvered around the course by tapping on the left or right-hand side of the device to steer in that direction. This may sound highly simplistic, but it’s quite possibly one of only a few games that manages to be ludicrous, challenging, and yet somehow infuriating all at the same time. The controls, though pretty straightforward, sometimes felt a little clunky on the iPad for some reason. This may well have been due to the way I was holding it, but it also felt like the controls occasionally failed to respond to what I was attempting to do.

Fish Bowl Roll is divided into three modes of difficulty, but instead of initially choosing before the game starts it allows the player to experiment by choosing the path they wish to take within the level being played. If the player wishes to choose the most difficult route to reach the exit, then its possible to just try their luck right there in the level. If they fail, then they can just restart and carry on as normal. The game is tailored to allow players to choose their own path and create their own journey. The more candy picked up along the way, the better the overall star rating; which in turn unlocks further levels.

IMG_0984For the inexpensive price tag, Fish Bowl Roll is awfully generous. There are currently five different worlds to play around in; each with their own variety of obstacles and meandering runways. The game packs a whole punch of replay value as well, with its overly challenging three star system. Though it feels a little like an arcade game, the game looks fantastic, has a relatively awesome soundtrack, and boasts some top-notch and very amusing voice-acting. Oh, Stanton, you’re adorable.

Anyone who has tried out the hugely popular Super Monkey Ball, or those who are simply looking for a tough challenge, may find this their cup of tea. Though I did find myself rage-quitting a suspiciously high number of times, I still enjoyed Fish Bowl Roll for the most part and would recommend it to anyone looking for something a little unique.


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