Version Reviewed: 2.1
Device Reviewed On: iPhone
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It's hard not to be intrigued by a game called "A Game With Balls."
Thankfully, the game has more to offer than a clever title: it's actually fun and addictive. The gameplay itself is simple enough, but it requires skill. Players control a cannon and must shoot approaching balls and similar objects that threaten to wipe out said canon. The interesting thing here is that gamers are not destroying the incoming objects. Rather, they are pushing them away with their cannon ball fire. As a result, the balls shot forth will fly into other balls and then appropriately bounce of those balls and possibly come flying right back at the player's cannon. The game's physics engine keeps things interesting; gamers will have to stay on their toes if they want to continue scoring.
Users have two types of fire power at their disposal: light or heavy. When firing light bullets, players can unload more bullets in quick succession. Heavy fire, meanwhile, does not offer the same speed of firepower, but instead offers more powerful bullets that will more forcefully push away the target. Players are challenged to quickly strategize and choose the right firepower for each instant.
Players have a choice between tilt and touch controls. The two control styles work in a manner consistent with most of our expectations. However, I find that the touch controls work a little better than tilting. One downside to that configuration, though, is that players will be touching the screen a lot and thus blocking their field of view, which can make the game more difficult than need be.
There are four different themes – stages, essentially – that gamers can play in, but three of them must be unlocked with points before they're accessible. The core gameplay stays mostly consistent throughout these different themes, but they at least offer some variety to the experience.
The charm of A Game With Balls – well, other than its title – is not unlike the Geometry Wars games. Theoretically, each game session is endless. Gamers will only see a "game over" when they've failed their one and only objective: survival. This makes the experience a deeply rewarding one. Indeed, A Game With Balls is a highly enjoyable download that will keep gamers playing one session after another, making this game more than worth the 99 cents it cost to own.