iPhone Game Review by TheiPhoneAppReview.com
Who doesn’t enjoy a fairly mindless game that helps to pass time? You know, a game that really only requires one form of input and is extremely simple to play. Busting Balls definitely fits the bill as far as a game that doesn’t require much thought, but is that always a good thing?
Developed by Apple Sauce Apps, this time killer promises to be a highly addictive and fast-paced game for iPhone and iPad. Does it live up to this lofty vow?
Concept and Gameplay:
The goal behind Busting Balls is to pop various kinds of balls as they travel from the bottom to the top of your screen by tapping them with your finger. Each ball has a different characteristic, such as points awarded or the number of taps it takes to pop it.
You lose one of your three lives every time a ball passes through the top of the screen, so it’s imperative to tap as fast as possible.
Busting Balls also includes various game modes to keep things interesting. You can play the Classic Version (described above), Time Challenge, and Unlimited Time, Unlimited Lives.
Time Challenge is exactly what it sounds like, meaning you have to race against the clock and try to earn as many points as you can. The third and final mode, Unlimited Time, Unlimited Lives, requires $4.99 to unlock. I’ll mention more on that later on in the review.
As far as overall gameplay goes, I think Busting Balls is one of those games that’s a great idea but suffers from poor execution and design. The game isn’t optimized for larger screens and players who are using an iPhone 5 and above definitely get the short end of the stick as far as reduced screen space. Also, I found that my game tended to crash fairly frequently, especially when navigating the menu.
Busting Balls not only suffers due to a lack of attention to design, but also as a result of limited features. For example, all of the things that make the game so appealing and fun to play require you to fork over money to unlock them.
The game’s App Store description is a bit misleading in that it makes it seem like you can do all these cool things in the game right off the bat, and I was definitely disappointed to see just how stripped down the free version of Busting Balls really is.
I can think of a few improvements that might help Busting Balls become the game it should be, including an easy way to track high scores and Game Center integration. Optimization for larger iPhone screens is also a must, as it would definitely improve the visual aspect of the game.
Busting Balls can be downloaded from the App Store for free, but you’re definitely limited as far as what you can do in the game. Along with spending $4.99 to unlock an entire game mode, you also need to spend a combined amount of $2.97 to unlock the rest of the ball types and extra backgrounds.
Essentially this makes Busting Balls an almost $8 game, which is light years beyond ridiculous and definitely not worth it. Personally I feel the game would be a lot more successful if the developers unlocked everything and charged $0.99 to download it.
Overall, Busting Balls is a decent game to download and play if you’re looking for something new to try, but don’t go broke over in-app purchases.
Busting Balls requires iOS 5.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review.
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