Developer: Funky Visions
Price: $1.99
Version Reviewed: 1.1
Device Reviewed On: iPad

iPad Integration Rating: ★★★★☆
User Interface Rating: ★★★★☆
Re-use Value Rating: ★★★☆☆

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

If an app is entertaining but lacks specific goals, does that make it a bad app? Jiggle Balls HD might just be an app whose only real purpose is to be a fun little toy, but as a well-made toy app, there’s certainly nothing wrong with it. The purpose, here, is to play around with physics, even if there’s not really any goal-based gameplay. You are given a screen with your choice of background to unleash a variety of different balls, from generic colored balls to sports balls, all of which you can adjust for size, weight, bounce, and stickiness to the walls. You then just tap on the screen to add the balls to the playing field, and shake, rotate, and twist your iPad to knock the balls around on the screen. Your ultimate goal is entertainment.

Jiggle Balls features great physics work from the underlying physics libraries applied to the game, to make the game feel very good; the ability to customize the physics down to minute properties allows you to really create the kind of experience you want for your time with the app. And it really does take advantage of the iPad’s screen, giving you a lot more room than the iPhone version does to play around with.

Of course, the question about Jiggle Balls HD is just what exactly the point of it is. It’s an app that features balls bouncing around on screen – there’s no ulterior goal to it other than that. There just isn’t much to the app beyond watching the balls bounce around and playing with the properties of them. Some kind of game or competition element (like on the iPhone with the game Jiggle Balls: Spikes) would give the app a lot more value than just as a toy app.

However, despite its seemingly limited utility, Jiggle Balls HD does serve its intended purpose of being a great novelty app and toy that you can play with whenever you feel like just watching the balls bounce around on the screen to let off some frustration, or if you want to show off a silly app to your friends on your iPad.

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