Ballerburg: Bringing Retro Back

Price: $0.99
Ballerburg: Written iPhone App Review

Reviewed by Philip Chan

Loved the 80’s version of the Atari ST game? Then the Ballerburg app from developer DonkeyCat is just the thing for you?! It is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, and runs on iOS 4.2 or later.


When the user first loads Ballerburg, they are prompted with 3 main menu options: “Desk”, “Game”, and “Mode”. The “Desk” option lets the user view additional information about the app and rules on how to play the game correctly.

The goal of the game is to defeat the opposing kingdom. If your king gets hit or all of the people in your kingdom are lost then you lose the game. You have the choice to surrender your kingdom is the game situation looks bleak. Under the “Mode” option, there are several game options the user can choose from. They can choose from the “single player” mode where they are up against 1of 7 different computer opponents that have different skills. They can also play against another player otherwise known as “hotseat” or multiplayer mode. The user can also watch compute opponents battle it out.

When the user begins a game they choose from six different castles, each varying in cannon numbers, money amount, resources such as gunpowder and cannonballs, and population size. All of these are key factors in winning and taking out the opponent’s king. Things such as wind flag value, money value, population taxation, population favor, and fighting resource levels all determine success.

Additional game app information can be found here.

Appearance and Layout:

Ballerburg iPhone App Review

The great thing about this app version of Ballerburg is that it tries to stick with the retro style of the original game in appearance, sound, and game play style, and it does a pretty good job at doing so. App navigation may be a bit tricky to first time users, but after a few taps here and there and with the help of the in app game tutorial, the user should be able to figure out what to do fairly quickly.


For being offered for 99 cents, Ballerburg is a great deal. For retro game lovers, this app version will sure bring nostalgia, in a good way. Even new players will find the game unique and entertaining. Although younger users may find the app a bit confusing to play, those who played the original version should have no problem spending hours on end on this excellent version.

Ballerburg iPhone app requires iOS 4.2 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. The iPhone app reviews rating: [Rating: 5/5]

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