Hey, it’s special guest gamer contributor Mark Rowan writing about video games again! This time he’s digging through the endless muck Apple calls the iPhone App Store to find a game worth your hard-earned money. Making avoiding eye contact on the subway that much easier!
What’s not to like about Drömsynt’s Squareball? Not much it turns out. Its retro graphics are simple yet sleek. The game actually fully uses the iPhone and iTouch technology instead of treating it like an obstacle. And, perhaps most importantly, don’t forget to plug in your headphones while playing because the music might just be the best part.
As you can see from the gameplay video, in Squareball you are—surprise—a square ball. You use your finger to move left and right through each level to collect green blocks. In the earlier levels, the other colors are just bonus points but you might as well ignore them because you’re probably going to die trying to grab them. Yeah, this game is not easy.
[Ed. note: Holy shit that music is awesome.]
However it’s more Battletoads hard than Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles hard, which is to say it’s somewhat fun to fail and just give it another go. You were so close after all. You’ll also see yourself make progress as you familiarize yourself with the levels and the gameplay. (You’ll learn that using your thumb is not as effective as using your finger. Stupid thumb!) And when you finally reach the end it’s that much more rewarding.
Squareball has a free lite version in the App Store now, which is just a demo of the first two levels. If you are a bit unsure if the 20 stages are worth the current price of $1.99 then give Squareball Lite a download. Just a general app warning though, prices typically bump up to “full retail” after it’s been available in the App Store for a month or two, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see this for 2-3 dollars more in the near future. Oh yeah, and the ocean levels totally sound like Space Art.