App Review: Bix by Padadaz
Bix is a fun game that requires your full attention. At first glance, it looks easy enough. The first few levels even are. It doesn’t take long before, the game becomes quite a challenge. The object of the game is to use your light, which circles the perimeter of the screen, to cordon off 75% of the area on the board by drawing lines on the screen. The trick is that if any one of the balls bouncing around the screen runs into your line before it is completed, you lose a life. You start the game with three lives, but, at least for me, these seem to go quickly. The balls all bounce around at different speeds. You must pay attention to the direction and speed of each one to avoid being hit by it.
As you play, it helps to keep in mind that there are four different types of balls in play. If you trap a ball inside your area, it activates that ball. Some of them help you and others make your progression in the game harder. If you trap a light blue ball, it will disappear from the board. One less ball to worry about it always helpful. The dark blue balls, on the other hand, will just relocate to another spot outside your area. You can still trap them, but it doesn’t really help you. The purple and green balls are well worth catching. The purple ones will slow down all the balls. They will eventually speed back up, but it gives you a good chance to capture some more area. The green balls will give you another life.
To move your ball around the screen simply swipe your finger across the screen in the direction you want the ball to move. You can change directions at any time. If you leave the ball alone it will continue in the direction it is going until it hits the perimeter and then will follow the perimeter around the screen. The best piece of advice I can give for this game is not to be too hasty in making your move. Sometimes, if you just wait, a good move will open up. I found that when I tried to move too quickly, I often lost a life.
Bix is $0.99 in the iTunes App Store. (There is also a Lite version, but it has a limited number of levels. I beat the game pretty quickly.)
Developer’s Website: www.padadaz.com