Robot Kitten Balloon Assault: Written and Video iPad App Review
Here at the iPhone App Review, we quite like arcade games. We’re always going on about how we’re looking for the next great Angry Birds, or the next brilliant classic within the genre. With that in mind, today we’d like to serve up a full review of Robot Kitten Balloon Assault by developer Tethys Interactive. Despite having such a long name, the game offers up a succulently short concept; Launch and juggle 1 or more kitten/s while popping as many balloons as possible before the time runs out. It also provides some good graphics, and enough fun to make our full review (which you’ll find below) worthwhile.
Concept and Gameplay
If you have ever played Brickbreaker on any device, then you already have a pretty decent handle on how Robot Kitten Balloon Assault behaves. The app replaces the traditional ball of brick-death with a robot cat, however. Furthermore, you can play with one or more mechanical felines that fire straight out of a cannon and into the action. This might seem bizarre, but really despite the whimsy the mechanic at the core of the app remains the same.
The game allows you to control a single paddle at the bottom of the screen using arrows along either side of the interface. You’ll use these to navigate the kitten about the course, attempting to destroy all of the balloons that make up the level. Along the way you can collect powerups—including more cats to add to the damage—fire off a stabilizing rocket, or snag a few stars for some bonus points. The game is a true arcade title, as well: The sky is the limit and the number of lives is reset at each level. You’ll be able to keep going on and collecting points until you finally run out of lives. Can anyone say, beat that high score?
Graphics and Design
Sadly, we only wish the app looked a little bit better than it does. Robot Kitten Balloon Assault is a little rough around the edges, especially when it comes to the in-app physics engine. At times we found our cat companion a bit hard to direct, even with the level’s challenge in mind. It would occasionally speed up for no good reason, or miss a target we should have hit. The graphics themselves are also a bit subpar for what we might like. Still future updates can easily iron out some of these kinks.
And at the end of the day, any app that offers an unlimited amount of gameplay for the low price of only one buck is certainly a great value in our minds. Robot Kitten Balloon Assault isn’t the Angry Birds replacement we might have hoped it would be, but it’s still a rocking good time. If you’ve got a thing for cats, arcade games, or both, then saddle up and give this one a ride!
Robot Kitten Balloon Assault requires iOS 6.0 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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