As a kid I remember playing pinball machines in my local arcades. The sounds, excitement, and pure joy of getting a high score was enough to keep me coming back again and again. Bumper Stars takes all the great things about classic pinball machines and makes a few tweaks to gameplay and graphics giving you an original experience as well as allowing you to play whenever you want – without a fistful of quarters.
Developed by PressOK Entertainment, Bumper Stars departs from the classic pinball model in more ways than one, and features a round beaver character with a little helmet in place of the ball. You rack up points in Bumper Stars by using your beaver to collect all the fruit in each of the bright and colorful levels. You can launch him anywhere you want and there are bumpers that your character can bounce off to send him flying in another direction.
Getting that elusive high score is what Bumper Stars is all about. Randomized levels that increase in difficulty as you progress through the game keep things interesting and provide a great challenge. And like all good iPhone games should, Bumper Stars always remembers which level you were up to when you put the game down, letting you jump straight back in where you left off the next time you choose to play.
Bumper Stars is inherently a single player game, but does utilize Facebook connectivity to enable social features. While connected to the Facebook network you can compare your scores to other players as well as your friends. Bumper Stars also features “challenges”- which is a great use of the Facebook connection. You can challenge your friends to complete certain objectives in the game and your friends can akso challenge you in return. The Facebook connect feature does a great job of adding social functionality to the game – but if none of your friends play or own Bumper Stars it’s unlikely to get much use.
While the online features may not be utilized by all, the single player aspect of Bumper Stars certainly delivers. The fun music, sounds, and simple but enjoyable gameplay round out a great pick-up-and-play game.
Bumper Stars requires the iPhone OS 2.2.1 or later and is compatible with iPhone and iPod Touch.