House-Ball: Written & Video iPhone Game Review
Are you a puzzle whiz? Do you enjoy strategy games that test your wits beyond compare? What about a challenging game that pushes you to do better and achieve higher scores? If you found yourself acknowledging any of the above questions, this is the perfect game for you!
House-Ball, developed by Tony Lahood, is an entertaining puzzle game which will definitely flex your brain muscles. Featuring 100 levels spanned across 4 maps and many unique challenges, your puzzle solving skills will definitely be put to the test!
Concept and Functionality:
One of the things that surprised me the most about House-Ball is the fact that it never received much attention in the App Store. This disappointed me because it’s a very unique game to play. Luckily it’s getting some much needed TLC, which will hopefully make it as popular as it should be.
The goal of House-Ball is to guide various types of balls around a map, ultimately leading them to their homes. Beautifully designed graphics and very catchy music add a nice touch to the game, and the aforementioned 100 levels will definitely keep you playing for quite some time.
When you first start the game you only need to worry about the Electric Ball, and the goal is to provide power to houses on the map by passing through them. You can guide the ball around the map using tools such as switches and other panels. What’s unique about this is that you need to place your guides on the map before pressing start, and you can’t change anything once you’ve done so.
Sounds easy, doesn’t it? As you progress, there are more obstacles added to the map. Hitting these will cause any balls in play to disappear. Also, you’ll find that higher levels require you to guide multiple balls around the map, making things much more difficult.
What’s really neat about House-Ball is the fact that you’re able to set the field of play up before starting the game. This gives you a chance to perform numerous trial and error runs without counting against your score. The only time a score is calculated is when all balls on the map have been placed in their respective homes.
Along with a unique play style, House-Ball features a scoring system similar to popular games such as Angry Birds. Based on your level score, you can earn up to 3 stars. If you complete all 25 levels in a map with 3 stars, it too will be marked as completed with 3 stars. Completing such a feat would be one heck of an accomplishment considering how difficult the game can get, but that’s what makes it even more fun.
You can download House-Ball from the App Store for the minimal price of $0.99, which is definitely reasonable considering the depth and detail of the game. I can guarantee you won’t zip through it in a day, and it’s always fun to work toward goals such as getting perfect scores. If you’re looking for a great game to test your puzzle solving skills, House-Ball is certainly worth a try!
House-Ball is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Requires iOS 4.0 or later. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review, as well as a video production fee.
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