The Drop Out: Angry Birds With (Billiard) Balls

Price: $0.99

The Drop Out: iPhone App Video Review

The Drop Out for iPhone

Reviewed by Luke Patrick

If there’s any one genre that’s been more pumped than the physics puzzler on the iPhone platform, we haven’t got a clue what it is. We’ve seen more than our fair share of Cut the Rope and Angry Birds clones, and between you, me and the walls, we’d be happy to never see another so long as we live. Which is why we’re so incredibly stoked to be reviewing The Drop Out by developer Digital Poke. The app offers a new and perfect twist an a now classic game mechanic, providing us with an entire heap of levels, cute animations, and more than enough commute-killing game time. If that sounds like a fun ride, then head on down below the break to view our whole thought on The Drop Out!

Concept and Gameplay

As stated, The Drop Out fits almost perfectly into that square shaped hole that is the physics puzzler. That being said, it does not blatantly rip off any other physics title we’re accustomed to seeing on the iPhone. In fact, it offers quite the new and refreshing mechanic for us to wiggle our fingers through.

In-app, the user propels a small furry critter across the level, smashing him into a variety of other small, furry critters. These stacks waver and tumble, sending the furries to more freeing places below. To complete the level, you’ll need to knock out a specified number of these, or you’ll get a Big Fat Fail. It’s a lot like Angry Birds, but the shooting mechanic is more akin to billiards. The app has you shooting precisely using a variety of fuzzy missiles, avoiding obstacles, and attempting to use gravity strategically to get the whole job done. It’s a brilliant combination really, and we might even go so far as to say it’s better than Angry Birds.

Design and Graphics

The Drop Out for iPhone

The Drop Out for iPhone

Best of all, we can’t applaud the graphics or design enough. The app looks gorgeous, and it’s obvious the developers have spent a lot of time trying to make the app look cute and inviting. In the end, it pays off royally, as does the truly staggering number of levels—with even more promised on the way. We also liked the physics engine, which felt completely natural, and never once left us feeling like we’d been gipped by shoddy programming. All in all, it’s an incredibly tight bundle, and one we just love to bits.

Overall Value

We’ll spin it to you this way: If you’ve been waiting for the app that’s next inline to take the Angry Birds throne, you’ve found it here with The Drop Out. The app is nearly perfect, looks gorgeous, and comes fairly priced. And because of that, we have a feeling you’ll be seeing the title in Apple’s New and Noteworthy very shortly. Very, very shortly indeed. Our hats off to the developers out at Digital Poke: This one’s a goldmine.

The Drop OutThe Drop Out requires iOS 3.2 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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