Ball in Basket: iPhone Video App Review
Curious just how much game you’ve got? There’s an app for that. Ball in Basket is a new basketball shot game from RTC Hubs Limited where it’s all about the shot. Learn how to get in on this pickup game with our iPhone app review of Ball in Basket.
Ball in Basket is a simple game, but there’s plenty of it. It sets you up with a ball located on a screen with a hoop to the right. It’s your job to use the in-app physics to aim the ball, careful to adjust your trajectory and the strength of your toss. Hopefully it ends up in the hoop. There are 200 levels in Ball in Basket, so it provides plenty of fun. The levels are actually randomized, and your score depends on how clean your shot is.
That means bank shots, headboard bounces and anything that rattles around the rim is going to garner you one star. A clean shot that lands neatly in the hoop, with minimal rattle, earns you two stars. We’ll be honest, we played the game for half an hour and never got three stars, even when we had an exceptionally stellar shot or two. Is it out there?
The app also integrates with Game Center, which we love. And that’s it. There’s not a lot to this app, but it is fun and requires a certain grasp of angle and other physics principles.
Layout & Design:
The graphics in Ball in Basket are pretty darn simple. It’s just a wall, a ball and a hoop, and the occasional outline of a b-ball player or two.
On the upside, the app is truly universal, as our video app review shows. It makes good use of the iPad’s expanded screen real estate, while retaining its small screen charm. Besides, basketball isn’t a flashy game. Sure, the NBA may have four-sided jumbotrons, but at one point it was just the street, the hoop and a kid. So maybe Ball in Basket is an intentional reminder that sometimes the simpler things are best.
We’re always on the hunt for great free apps for iOS, and Ball in Basket definitely qualifies. While it may not be the most involved game we’ve ever seen, it’s nearly endless gameplay and sweet price tag make it quite a deal. Although, there are a ton of ads in this game, so beware. It may not be the best app for young kids who like tapping links that lead out of the app. Or, if you love the app and want to go ad-free a simple $1.99 in-app purchase will do the trick.
We think this app rocks either way, and definitely suggest it for basketball enthusiasts everywhere.
Ball in Basket iPhone app requires iOS 4.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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