Price: $ .99
Hold It Up iPhone App Video Review
Hold It Up, by developer Zarko Minic, is a simple game that provides a modest amount of entertainment at a truly bargain price. The app is far from perfect, but with only a few updates, the promise locked within its code could truly shine. For our full review of this action and concentration game for the iPhone and iPad, check below.
Concept and Gameplay
The idea behind Hold It Up will sound immediately familiar to any fan of football (or “soccer” for you American readers). You play as a small, gray and sporty seal who spends his free time trying to juggle various balls in the air. Because he’s a seal (which is actually quite a clever choice) he can only use his head. To keep the ball in the air, you’ll have to drag him around the level with a finger, creating a sort of BrickBreaker meets Tunnel Racer style gameplay. At its core, Hold It Up is entirely a digital version of a classic football drill, but it’s still very fun. In fact, keeping some of the smaller balls in the air for very long can be quite the challenge.
However, the game still needs a bit more meat on its bones to be a home run. The developer has spiced things up by offering achievements and leaderboards, which adds extra competitive incentive, but it’s still not enough to keep the gameplay fresh after thirty-or-so minutes. The difference between levels is only aesthetic, which certainly feels like a missed opportunity to add special power-ups to each sport. In fact, specials of any kind would be very greatly appreciated.
Design and Graphics
Thankfully, Hold It Up features some pretty cool artwork and wicked physics. I did enjoy how the background and theme of each level was different, and in a very detailed way, too. My favorite scene was titled “Ping Pong,” and was—for reasons beyond me—snow themed. It was quite a thrill to see my character dressed up in winter gear attempting to keep a ball aloft in a blizzard. However, I did encounter a few bugs in the system. The physics, though solid, can sometimes go astray: Once I actually managed to land both the ball and my character off-screen, producing a timer that ran continuously without my help. So though the app is largely baked, there are still a few kinks to be wary about.
Overall Value and Fun
At the end of the day, Hold It Up is a dollar in the App Store. It features fun gameplay that’s easy to pick-up on, and at the appropriately price, making it ideal for killing a few minutes in the queue.
Hold It Up requires iOS 4.1 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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