Hot Air Balloon HD: iPhone App Video and Written Review
Here at the iPhone App Review, there’s nothing we like more than a classic arcade game for the iPhone. Any title that can whittle away the hours while we commute to work or just laze about on a Sunday afternoon is ace with us. With that in mind, may we present to you today one of our new favorites: Hot Air Balloons HD by developer V Island Labs. The app is a brilliantly designed example of what an iPhone arcade game aught to be—time wasting, gorgeous, and above all, addictive. For our full review of this killer app, check below beyond the break!
Concept and Gameplay
Relatively speaking, the basic idea behind Hot Air Balloons HD is simple: You are the pilot of an hot air balloon, which constantly soars upwards toward the heavens. It’s your job to direct the balloon away from assailants and toward rewards. These obstacles range from passing airplanes to streams of birds, all of which have a peskily nasty peak that will tear through your fabric. Thankfully, you can tap the screen to fire off a volley of bullets, defending yourself from these menaces. The higher you go, the higher your total point value. Collect enough coins, and you can even retreat to the game’s store to buy better balloons, more bullets, and a plethora of other extras. It’s a wonderful experience, and one that we just couldn’t stop playing. The tilt controls work like a charm, and with so many goodies there for us to unlock, we have no doubts that most players will get a significant amount of replay with Hot Air Balloons HD.
Design and Graphics
Best of all, the app looks pretty good on the iPhone, too. It comes with some powerfully gorgeous graphics, especially the initial city scape. We also liked the various enemies. The pirate hot air balloon is a fresh breeze of comedic and engaging design. The tilt controls were excellent, but if you feel they’re getting off, you can recalibrate them at any point in time simply by pausing the game. Best of all, the app also comes with Game Center integration, meaning you can splurge on online leaderboards and achievements for some time to come. All in all, it’s clear the developers have spent a lot of time making Hot Air Balloons HD look good, and the end result shines.
Considering the app only costs a dollar in the App Store, too, you’re getting a lot of bang for your buck. If you’ve been waiting for a new time killer to slay the commute with, Hot Air Balloons HD is easily your next best bet. It’s got a cheap price tag, a fun world of gameplay, and enough addictive personality to choke an horse. In our eyes, that’s a winning combination.
Hot Air Balloon HD requires iOS 4.3 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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