The first time that I saw Squareball, I was not impressed. The graphics took me back to the old Atari that I played Pong and Space Invaders on as a kid. It had a few good reviews on it in the App Store. So, I figured I would give it a chance. When you launch the game, it presents you with a quick and somewhat odd storyline as the basis for the game. The only thing you need to understand from it is that you are trying to collect the green squares in the game. Once I got to playing the game, however, I was pleasantly surprised. Squareball is unique, challenging, and strangly addicting.
The object of the game is to get your squareball through the obstacle course that each level presents. Along the way, you encounter several different types of blocks. The green ones, you must collect by bumping into them. Others give you extra points and still others you want to avoid. There is a color key in the Legend that can be accessed from the main menu that explains what each color represents.
The challenge in the game comes in the fact that your squareball is constantly moving. It bounces up and down in the middle of the screen. Instead of moving the ball to navigate the levels, you move the level by dragging your finger across the screen to make the ball bounce in the right spots. If your squareball goes out of bounds on the top or bottom of the screen, you lose a life. You only have three lives, and each time you die you have to start the level over unless you were lucky enough to reach a check point.
As if that were not enough to deal with, there are two meters at the top of the screen to keep your eye on. The green one lets you know how many more green squares you have to collect in the level. The other bar, lets you know how much more time you have to complete the level. Unfortunately, this timer does not reset itself if you lose a life and have to start the level over. The pressure is on to beat the clock. Squareball is certainly not for the faint of heart. Despite the simplicity of the graphics, it presents a serious challenge.
Developer’s Website: http://www.dromsynt.com/